How to Make Sand Slime

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If you are new to slime making this recipe is for you! Super easy to make Sand Slime! The perfect summer sensory play idea for preschoolers all the way up to preteens!

How to Make Sand Slime

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How to Make Sand Slime

Sticky Slime

When you first make slime it will be sticky. That is just the nature of slime. Resist the urge to toss it or believe that you’ve failed. Stick with the kneading process. By continuing to mix your slime will slowly start to become less sticky.

I’ve tested this recipe lots of times and have produced awesome slime every time. No need to add any more of any ingredient, Just keep mixing!! Think of Dori from Finding Nemo: “Just keeping Mixing”

What Kind of Sand To Use

You can use any type of sand you are comfortable letting your child play with. I used sand from our sandbox but another fun option is colored sand for an extra colorful sensory experience.

How to Activate Your Slime

This is very important: To activate your slime you will need contact lens solution. Not every contact solution is created equal, at least when it comes to activating your slime. Make sure to purchase slime that has boric acid and sodium borate as the main ingredients. The brand that I like to use is Renu Fresh. If you use a contact lens solution without these ingredients your slime will not work.

How to Make Sand Slime

How To Make Sand Slime

  1. Empty the entire bottle of Elmer’s clear glue into a bowl. To make a good amount of slime you will need the entire bottle. To get the residue, use a box cutter to cut open the top of the bottle and use a craft stick to scrap out as much of the glue as you can.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of warm water and mix.
  3. Next, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and mix thoroughly with the glue and water solution.
  4. Add some sand. You can add a little now and then add more later on!
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of contact lens. Mix throughly. You slime will start to form at this point but it will be sticky.
  6. Keep mixing until the slime becomes less sticky. Remember the slime will be sticky at first, that is totally normal, keep mixing until the stickiness decreases.
  7. Start kneading with your hands to continue to chemical reaction and to reduce the stickiness. Resist the urge to add anymore contact lens solution or other ingredients other than sand. Your slime will slowly become less sticky as you knead it with your hands.

How to Play with You Sand Slime

Time to play with your sand slime! Add some sea shells, star fish and any under the sea creatures!! You can add more sand at this point as well!

How to Store Your Sand Slime

Store your slime in an airtight container. It will last about a week. I like to store our slime in a ziplock Make sure to remove as much air as you can to ensure that the slime lasts as long as possible.

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old.

Mess Level

This is a mess level is high.

Difficulty to Create


Skills Developed in Sand Slime

Sensory play, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Supplies for Sand Slime

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  • 6 oz Bottle of Elmer’s Clear Glue
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of contact lens solution (contact lens solution must contain boric acid and sodium borate your slime will NOT work without it)
  • Sand (you can use play sand in different colors or sandbox sand)
  • Seashell, starfish and other under the sea creatures

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How to Make Sand Slime

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