Sensory Play – Fluffy Slime

Sensory Play - Fluffy Slime

I have been trying for some time now to make original slime with school glue and liquid starch. For some reason it kept failing! I probably wasted five bottles of clear school glue while trying to trouble shoot the slime recipe. Today I gave up on the original slime and began experimenting. I kept thinking, “what would happen if I added shaving cream?” So I decided to give it a whirl! First I added shaving cream to a bowl and poured a small amount of the liquid starch on top. Not quite what I was looking for, so I grabbed the bottle of clear school glue and put a few squirts on top and mixed it in. Perfection! A great new fluffy sensory substance for my toddlers to play with!


  1. Shaving Cream (not gel)
  2. Clear school glue
  3. Liquid Starch
  4. Neon Food Coloring
  5. Googley Eyes (optional)
  6. Large bowl

How to Make Fluffy Slime

This recipe is very forgiving and when I first discovered the fluffy slime I was not measuring anything. But I was able to recreate the recipe so you all could create your own fluffy slime. First I put a hand full of shaving cream into a bowl. It was probably about 1/2 cup. I then dropped neon green food coloring on top of the shaving cream. Next I poured about 1/4 of a cup of liquid starch into the bowl. Lastly I squeezed about 2 tsp of clear school glue on top and mixed it all around with a spoon. Like I said, the recipe is very forgiving so you could most definitely “eye ball it”.

How They Played

Because my almost 2-year-old toddlers have never played with this fun sensory substance before I decided to make their invitation to play simple. I placed the green fluffy slime inside of a bowl and placed the bowl inside of their sensory bin. I poured some googley eyes into two containers on either side of the slime. As always they were anxious to see what they were going to play with today.

sensory play fluffy slime set up

They stood back in amazement for a few seconds before testing out the waters. My son, SD, squished his fingers into the fluffy slime and then stood back and waited for his twin sister, SN, to give the go ahead. Of course she went right for it! SN absolutely loves playing with new messy sensory materials. She picked it up with her hand, I’m sure she was amazed by its stretchiness!

playing with fluffy slime

They were a little irritated by the fact that they couldn’t get every bit of slime off of their hands. SN would sit there for minutes at a time rubbing her hands together feeling the slime between her fingers and hands. SD would shake his hands to try to flick the slime off. His efforts were unsuccessful. They quickly got over this and began exploring the fluffy slime more.

playing with fluffy slime

A few minutes into their play, SN ran over to their sensory table and grabbed two sand shovels. Maybe it was because she wasn’t sure about the feeling of the slime on her hands? I’m not sure but it was quite entertaining to watch both kiddos attempting to pick up the slippery foamy slime with the plastic shovels. The slime was not cooperating the way they wanted it to but they sure were trying hard! Eventually, SN grabbed a hand full and began placing it in the shovel. She was definitely the leader for this activity. Everything she did SD followed suit.

playing with fluffy slime

They began grabbing the slime by the fist full and placing it into the cups. This was quite challenging since the slime has a mind of its own They really had to persevere to finish this task.

playing with fluffy slime

Okay, I lied when I said my son was doing everything my daughter was. Well, he did copy her up until this point. SD began taking the cups of slime and transferring them back and forth while SN picked googley eyes out of the slime and then placed them back in. Who knew playing with slime could help them build fine and gross motor skills!

playing with fluffy slime

I have so many more great photos from this activity but I don’t want to overload you with the awesomeness too much so I will end with this gem.

playing with fluffy slime

 Wow! This was such a fun, messy activity! Yes my kids needed a bath after they were done but it was so worth it!

If you enjoyed this activity you should check out the rest of our sensory play ideas!

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  • TheMultitaskingMummy

    I absolutely love the look of this activity, especially the colour and the eyes!

    • SowSproutPlay

      Thank you! The neon food coloring was REALLY bright and vibrant! It was so much fun!

  • Fun at Home with Kids

    Ooooh! What a clever twist! Love it!

    • SowSproutPlay

      Thanks! It’s funny because I only ended up finding this recipe because the original recipe would just never work for me. I kept trying and trying. Haha!

  • Victoria Armijo

    Absolutely love this and looks like a blast!! Definitely will be trying it out tomorrow for Halloween 🙂 You were featured as one of my favorites from last weeks Thoughtful Weekly Blog Hop 🙂

    • SowSproutPlay

      It was a blast! I’m glad you’re going to try it! It was super easy to make too. Thankk you for the feature!

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  • megan

    Hello, great idea definitely going to try this with my kindergarten class tomorrow. One question, does the food coloring stain their hands ? I don’t want to upset any parents!