We love making slime, and we love Safari Toob animals! Recently we combined the two with a simple sand slime recipe. It’s perfect for playing with desert animal toys, sea shells, or just squishing with your fingers!
This sand slime just feels super cool! You can feel the sand in it for sure, but it still stretches like slime.
I found some plastic scrapbooking boxes at Michael’s for $3.99, and I bought one for carrying toys along on outings. This box ended up being the perfect place to play with our slime because of its low sides. Easy to reach inside, but the mess is contained.
Gresham pretended that the sand slime was quicksand. This snake is burying itself in the sand – all but its head!
Here’s how to make sand slime.
You will need:
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Here in Texas, the play sand that you can find at Home Depot or Lowe’s is a far cry from sparkling white beach sand! I’m not sure if this is the case everywhere, but our play sand has a lot of large rocks in it. The larger rocks kept falling out of the first batch of sand that I made. If the boys ripped it apart, little rocks would go flying! So we made another batch, but we strained the sand first. This step was totally worth it.
I poured all of the glue (10 oz.) into a bowl.
Then I stirred in some sand (I didn’t measure!) until it looked like this:
Then I stirred in 1/2 cup of liquid starch, 1/4 cup at a time. Stir until well mixed, and then mix with your hands. If your slime is too sticky, add more starch a little at a time and mix well.
The finished slime should be stretchy and oozy, but should not stick to hands. If it does, add more starch.
Store the slime in a ziplock bag. It should keep for several weeks! Ours is still going strong after two weeks. The sand does settle to the bottom when it’s stored, but it mixes evenly again when you knead it.
How long slime lasts seems to depend somewhat on the weather. Ours has lasted longer in the winter when the air is dry than it does when it’s humid.
Our Other Favorite Slime Recipes:
- Homemade Silly Putty (thicker consistency)