Sensory play is incredible for childhood development! It lets children explore all their senses while encouraging and developing creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills.
For smaller children, some sensory play activities are off limits because they are not taste safe.
Sime is typically made with non-edible items like glue, contact solution, borax, and more. But that doesn’t mean slime sensory play can’t be enjoyed by younger children.
Instead of using traditional slime ingredients, pick and combine taste safe ingredients from this gigantic list of slime add ins!
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A Taste Safe List Of Slime Add Ins
Candy eyes are perfect for monster themed slimes or Halloween themed slimes and are 100% edible. But they still may pose a choking hazard for children under three.
Tiny marshmallows can be added to slime to add dimension and squishy texture. You can even cut marshmallows into small pieces.
Use marshmallow fluff as a base for an edible slime. Just combine marshmallow fluff with powdered sugar and cornstarch. You can also add in food coloring if you what to change the color!
Kool-Aid is used as an add in for slime for creating new colors. It can be combined with marshmallow fluff and powered sugar as well.
Similar to Kool-Aid, you can add instant Jell-O for colored slime. Plus, your child’s sense of smell with be activated as well.
Combine condensed milk with sugar and cornstarch and heat over the stove. Cook until it forms a thick paste. Then add your choice of coloring.
It typically takes about 10 to 15 minutes in cook time to complete slime recipes with condensed milk (not counting the time it takes to cool down before playing).
Sugar crystals (colored)
Sugar crystals make this list of slime add ins because they come in a multitude of different colors and will add extra rough and grainy texture to the slime of your choice.
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You can simply throw in gummy bears to any slime or cook them down with condensed milk to form a base for slime.
There are many online recipes that use starburst as the base for an edible slime instead of a simple add in or extra. They add wonderful pastel colors to slime and create more of a “silky” texture to slime.
Nutella can be combined with cornstarch and/or powered sugar to make it into a stretchy and tasty slime.
Add instant pudding as a base with cornstarch for a delicious edible slime.
Use gummy worms, gummy sharks, and even gummy frogs for themed insect or ocean slimes.
Spices add an extra element to the senses. Certain spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice are perfect for holiday themed slimes!
Cereals like Fruit Loops, Pops, Fruity Pebbles and more cereals create grainy texture and crunchy sounds for slime.
This is one of the most creative taste safe ingredients to make this list of slime add ins! You can use small chocolate bars, chocolate shavings, cocoa powder, or even drizzle chocolate syrup for a messy good time.
Powdered sugar is often used as a base for thickening liquids to form a slime.
If you need any ingredient for slime, it’s cornstarch. Cornstarch is the go-to ingredient for thickening slimes!
Cook up a batch of large tapioca pearls. Add in food coloring and you have edible water beads for slime!
Sprinkles are a visually appealing addition to slime! Perfect for birthday slime!
Peeps are colorful marshmallows that can be melted down with condensed milk to make slime. They add great pastel colors perfect for celebrating Easter.
Add jelly beans to Peeps Easter slime and you’ve got a hit for the holiday!
Applesauce is used as a base for one of the most famous slimes in history: Nickelodeon Slime!
Combine applesauce, oatmeal, green food coloring, and vanilla pudding to create Nickelodeon slime.
Honey is very sticky and messy. But combine with cornstarch and a little oil and you have a honey slime recipe!
Think of a pumpkin pie scented slime… Yum! Allow your child to explore his or her senses with canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice and (of course) thicken with cornstarch or powdered sugar.
Whole or sliced cranberries can be used as an extra addition to slime. However, be aware for children under three this may pose a choking hazard.
Peppermint candies either whole or crushed are great for Christmas themed slimes.
Chia seeds are great for adding an extra slimy texture.
Flax seeds will add more of a grainy texture to slimes. Flax seeds work well when combined with pudding mix!
Yes, edible glitter can add a dose of sparkle and glitz to a taste safe slime for young children. Try combining with other items on this list of slime add ins to make glittery princess slime!
Added to almost any slime to create different colors.
When coconut oil is added to slime it makes it more silky and stretchy.
Crush up Oreo’s, Chips Ahoy, and more to add texture and crunch to slime.
Frosting mixed with food coloring and powered sugar make for an excellent butter smooth texture for slimes.
Candy hearts work well with a theme slime centered around love and Valentine’s Day.
Lemonade powder added to marshmallow, cornstarch, and coconut oil makes a strong smelly slime. A perfect reminder of hot summer days!
Candy corn is always associated with Halloween. Add candy corn to orange, purple, or black colored slime for an extra element of fun!
Traditionally, slime is made with ingredients that are not taste safe and therefore can’t be played with by children who still put things into their mouths. This includes children who are preschool age and younger and children with disabilities like autism who have a need for oral sensory stimulation.
It’s not fair that many slime recipes can’t be played with by younger children! But now they can join in on the fun and plenty of taste safe options from this massive list of slime add ins!