Here’s a fun winter activity for kids – make some snow slime!  We love making slime with liquid starch and glue, and this snow slime variation has a neat texture and really looks like snow.

How to Make Snow Slime

The boys went through our Safari Toob animals to find all of the arctic ones so that they could play with them in the slime.  Jonathan had a great time making foot prints in the snow!  The blue plastic tray is something that I picked up at Michael’s for use with kinetic sand, and it works really well for slime too.

How to Make Snow Slime

Snow slime is so fun to squish and stretch!

How to Make Snow Slime

Here’s how to make it!

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How to Make Snow Slime

I bought the artificial snow at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas crafts section.  It’s very light weight and shimmery.

I stirred about 1/4 of the bag of snow into 1/2 cup of white glue. I’m not sure if it’s best to add the snow to the glue, or to add the snow to the completed slime.  I ended up adding quite a bit more snow to the finished slime, and it worked out great.  So maybe it’s not necessary to stir it in?  Oh well, it won’t hurt anything!

How to Make Snow Slime

Then I stirred in 1/2 cup of liquid starch.  Stir and then mix with your hands.  The mixture should form slime pretty quickly. If your slime sticks to your hands, add a little more starch.  If it’s too stringy and won’t hold together, knead in a little more glue.

After mixing up the slime, I decided that it needed more snow in it.  I ended up using about 3/4 of the bag total.

How to Make Snow Slime

This is a great activity for a winter snow day!

How to Make Snow Slime

How to Make Snow Slime

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  1. Joyce Dec 28, 2015

    Thanks - this looks like lots of fun! I love the footprints left behind! Question about storage - how long can it be left out? Would you recommend storing it in a plastic ziplock bag?

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    1. Sarah Dec 30, 2015

      You'll definitely want to store this in a ziplock bag. I will update the post to include that!

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    2. Laura Jan 8, 2016

      My little ones will love this! Although I'm not sure if we can get liquid starch in the UK, can this be substituted with anything else?

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      1. Sarah Jan 10, 2016

        Hi! No, I don't think you can substitute for liquid starch. However, my super creative friend Asia came up with a recipe for slime that works using ingredients that you should be able to get in the UK! You can see her slime recipe here: http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2014/07/make-slime-with-laundry-detergent.html

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        1. Claire Jones Jul 4, 2017

          Hi! You can use other stuff than liquid starch. Like borax, contact lenses solution (saline solution), or/and detergent! But Her video is good.I know alot about slime so thats why im commenting!

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        2. Elliot Jan 31, 2018

          You can use anything with boric acid in it. In the UK it is banned from absolutely everything, except for eye products, although it may be tedious to get your hands on them, and they are quite a bit more expensive than liquid starch.

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        3. Angela Jan 15, 2016

          Alternative to the artificial snow????? Not sure if there is any still around in the stores.

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          1. Sarah Jan 16, 2016

            Yes, there is a link in the post above. :-)

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            1. Susie TenEyck Dec 13, 2018

              Iridescent glitter can be used in place of the snow!

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            2. Cindy Jan 16, 2016

              Is this product safe for small children who tend to want to taste everything?

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              1. Sarah Jan 16, 2016

                No, I would not consider this to be taste safe. Try the blog "Fun at Home with Kids." She has some great taste-safe slime recipes!

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              2. Jo Jan 16, 2016

                Is this safe for two year olds?

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                1. Sarah Jan 16, 2016

                  I'm not sure that I would use it for a group of two year olds. I let my 20 month old daughter try it for a minute, and I watched her to make sure she didn't taste it. It's probably a better activity for age 3+.

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                2. June Jan 19, 2016

                  Why is this a frugal fun project for boys? Little girls would love doing this just as much as boys.

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                  1. Renee Jan 20, 2016

                    June, It's listed as such since she has boys. I'm sure girls would like it too. No need to get sensitive about it.

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                    1. Sarah Jan 20, 2016

                      Yes, of course girls will enjoy this too! The name of my blog is Frugal Fun for Boys simply because I have four boys, and I share things that boys will go for. It's not meant to be for ONLY boys.

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                    2. Joanne Jan 21, 2016

                      I have tried this using the exact measurements of liquid starch to PVA glue. I live in Australia so products may not be the same I guess but I just got a watery substance. I then tried adding another 1/2 cup of glue, still watery. So no luck in making slime here. Sad face. Anyone else had this issue?

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                      1. Sarah Jan 22, 2016

                        That's too bad! I'm not sure why that would happen. Hopefully someone else from Australia will chime in with an answer!

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                        1. helena Dec 24, 2016

                          Hi I am from Australia. Maybe it is because the brand of your liquid starch? I tried mine once with different brands of liquid starch and most of them didn't work, it all turned watery. I think the only one that works is the one he used :) as an alternative you could just get borax mixed with water.

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                        2. Bernita Mavhura Jan 22, 2016

                          no time to buy artificial snow what can i use as substitute

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                          1. Amd Dec 3, 2016

                            We did not have luck with this :( I'm wondering if the artificial snow we got was not the right kind as it did not blend, it just stuck to everything. Also, once it had been mixed it, it was really difficult to mix the slime correctly. If we try it again, I'll get the slime the right consistency first and then add the snow little by little at the end, or I will just skip the snow altogether and add glitter or sparkly paint instead.

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                            1. Sarah Dec 6, 2016

                              That might be it - we bought a second kind of artificial snow also that was a different feel. I do think that adding the snow at the end might help!

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                            2. Sylvie Dec 5, 2016

                              how long does it last?

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                              1. amy Dec 6, 2016

                                About how much does this make? Wanting to price it out for a class party!

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                                1. Sarah Dec 6, 2016

                                  The amount we made was enough for 2-3 kids to play with. It depends on how much you want them to have, but I think 3 kids could share this amount. I would definitely try making one batch before trying it with a group!

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                                2. Kim Dec 6, 2016

                                  Awesome idea!!! I would love to make this and give it as a birthday gift. Can I store it in a Tupperware storage tub? I was thinking I could wrap that up as a gift. Thanks!

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                                  1. Sarah Dec 6, 2016

                                    It depends on the size of the tub. You wouldn't want a lot of air around the slime. A ziplock bag would probably be better!

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                                  2. Hanna Dec 18, 2016

                                    Have you tried Elmer's Glue with Borax? Is this slime similar to what that makes?

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                                    1. Sarah Dec 20, 2016

                                      Yes, this is very similar to that. It's probably the same - the liquid starch has borax in it.

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                                      1. helena Dec 24, 2016

                                        yep that definitely works i tried it

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                                      2. mariss Dec 28, 2016

                                        Im Preschool teacher and have found that brand name glue such as Elmers works much better The other brands are more watery and thin and don't make a good consistency for slime. I don;t know if Borax powder is found in the UK or not, but it works mixed with lukewarm water as well as liquid starch.

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                                        1. Katie Davis Jan 30, 2017

                                          Thanks for sharing such a fun activity! My son will love this-- he's super into "squishy" lately. And I love that it's easy to make!

                                          I featured this awesome activity on my round-up post of wonderful winter activities: http://www.delightfullyfrazzled.com/winter-survival-guide/

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                                          1. Glenda Waters May 6, 2017

                                            We are doing OPERATION ARCTIC for our VBS this year. Do you think this snow slime but be a good idea for about 30 - 50 kids and if so, any suggestions. I am somewhat at a loss for a craft for one night. Thanks so much!!! Blessings

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                                            1. Megan Dec 14, 2018

                                              You say you added 3/4 of the bag of the snow total, but you didn't say what amount of snow was in the bag that you used. The one you put a link for sells bags that are 4 liters or 8 liters; is one of these the one you used? I'm just trying to do this with some of my students and wanted to know the exact amount (measurement) of the fake snow you put in your recipe.

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                                              1. Sarah Dec 16, 2018

                                                The purpose of the link is to show a similar product since the exact item from Hobby Lobby is not available on Amazon. The bag that I used was 1.5 ounces.

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                                              2. Christine Jan 3, 2019

                                                How do I make it for 21 kids in my class?

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                                                1. Jodie Jan 14, 2019

                                                  Hi Sarah. What fun!! Thanks for sharing your recipe and tutorial for making Snow Slime. I've included your post in our Top 10 in Crafts inspiration for Winter crafts. https://craftylikegranny.com/winter-crafts/ Happy crafting :) Cheers Jodie

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