It’s only mid-January, but it’s been cold long enough that you might be running out of ways to keep the kids busy indoors. Fortunately, I have a solution: hot chocolate slime!
Slime can be tons of fun for a wide range of ages. For toddlers, it’s a sensory activity. Put it in a muffin pan with a few tiny toys and your little one will have a blast stretching, squeezing and transferring the goo from one compartment to another. Or dump it onto a plate and let them stamp shapes into it and then watch as the impressions disappear.
Slime also makes a fantastic STEM activity for older children. It’s chemistry in action! A non-Newtonian fluid, slime responds like a solid when squeezed but acts like a liquid when released. If you want to really dig into the science behind slime with your kids, ACS.org has a great resource on its website.
This recipe makes enough hot chocolate slime for two to four kids, but it can be easily doubled for a larger group. As the slime sits, the foam beads will float up to the top slowly, so it looks just like a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows! You can expect to get at least a few weeks of play from your slime if you store it in an airtight container.
Almost all the supplies for this slime recipe can be found at your local grocery and craft stores or online. While it’s safe to play with, please remind your kids that Borax is a soap and shouldn’t be consumed. If you’re making a batch with toddlers, you may want to skip the yummy chocolate fragrance oil so they aren’t tempted to eat the slime.
Bonus: Slime makes an adorable gift or party favor when packaged in nonbreakable container with a bright bow.
- 2 bowls and a fork
- 1/2 cup white school glue
- 1 cup warm water
- 10 drops chocolate fragrance oil (optional; available online)
- Brown gel food coloring
- 1/4 teaspoon Borax powder
- White craft foam beads
- Plastic jars or container
- Use fork to mix together ½ cup white glue and ½ cup of water in a bowl.
- Add enough brown gel food coloring to achieve the look of hot chocolate and about 10 drops of chocolate fragrance oil. Stir until color is evenly mixed.
- Dissolve Borax powder into ½ cup of warm water in another bowl.
- Pour half the Borax solution over the glue mixture and stir with a fork. It should start to stick together and clump up a bit.
- Continue adding the Borax solution a little at a time, stirring constantly, until it all sticks together in one big blob.
- Use your hands to knead the slime until it’s smooth and no longer sticky. You may need to add a bit more Borax solution to get rid of stickiness. I like to dip my fingers into the Borax solution and then knead them into the slime.
- Pour some foam balls into the finished slime, kneading them in with your hands.
- Separate the slime into plastic jars or airtight containers for storage.
This recipe can be adjusted in so many ways to create different slime concoctions. Here are a few ideas to stretch out the fun all winter long:
- Use an extra ¼ teaspoon of Borax for a more putty-like consistency
- Use different colors to explore color mixing
- Add glitter for some fun sparkle
- Mix in pom poms or water beads for different textures
- Add a generous dollop of shaving cream for fluffy slime
- Use clear glue for transparent slime
Please share pictures of your hot chocolate slime on social media with the hashtag #washingtonfamilymag so we can see your creativity. Happy crafting, friends!