Make a Christmas tree out of slime for perfect Christmas science with our Christmas tree homemade slime! Slime is a pretty fun activity for kids and it’s so easy to make. Our easy slime recipe lends itself to so many themes for the holidays and seasons! Try this fun Christmas tree themed homemade slime for the holidays and learn how to make homemade slime year round!
HOMEMADE SLIME FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas tree homemade slime is an easy holiday slime theme for the kids to try out this season. Plus it’s fun to whip up together with really simple ingredients that you can pick up at the grocery store too. You can have fun turning this Christmas tree slime into a tree shape with the help of a special prop!
Kick off the holiday season with any of our super easy slime recipes! Science is full of cool ways to create including homemade Christmas slime ideas. You can read more on the slimy science below.
Slime making is even more fun when you add in creative seasonal themes, and I know kids love the novelty of theme activities. Our Elmers Glue Christmas Tree Slime Recipe is yet another AMAZING slime recipe we can show you how to make.
MAKING A FUN CHRISTMAS TREE SLIME THEME
Decorate a slime tree with this fin Christmas slime! Confettis, glitter, pompoms, tiny plastic ornaments, and beads make perfect decorations to add to your slime making activity this holiday! Can you guess the fun addition to make the Christmas tree slime look like a Christmas tree?
This holiday slime activity was updated to add a foam cone that the slime can ooze down. The first time we made this Christmas tree homemade slime, we just enjoyed decorating as is!
SLIME SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here, and that’s perfect for exploring Chemistry with a fun holiday theme. Slime is an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too! Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!
What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl-acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross linking!
The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…
When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubberier like slime! Slime is a polymer.
Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!
SLIME FOR NGSS: Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards? It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Check out NGSS 2-PS1-1 for more information!
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
SIMPLE CHRISTMAS SLIME RECIPE
We made this Santa theme slime recipe with clear glue and food coloring. You can add glitter and confetti as desired!
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CHRISTMAS TREE HOMEMADE SLIME RECIPE TIPS
The base for this holiday theme slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes (liquid starch slime) which is clear glue, water, and liquid laundry starch.
Our easy, “how to make” slime recipes will show you how to master slime in 5 minutes! We have spent years tinkering with our 4 now 5 favorite basic slime recipes to make sure you can make the BEST slime every time!
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We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your Christmas tree slime! Make sure to go back and read the slime science above too!
CHRISTMAS TREE SLIME INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup of Elmer’s Clear Glue
1/2 cup of water
Food Coloring and Glitter
1/4-1/2 Cup of Liquid Starch (see recommended slime supplies for brands)
CHRISTMAS TREE HOMEMADE SLIME RECIPE DIRECTIONS BELOW PHOTOS
The best slime recipe starts with the right slime ingredients. Make sure to follow along with our measurements. Start by adding your clear glue and water to a bowl and grab a mixing utensil. Mix it up and add food coloring and glitter as desired!
BEST SLIME ACTIVATORS
Add in your slime activator (liquid starch) to complete the chemical reaction you read about above in the science behind the slime section. If you scrolled past it, go back and read it with your kids!
You can also learn more about all our favorite slime activators here. Keep in mind that liquid starch, saline solution, and borax powder are all in the boron family. Neither of these ingredients are truly borax free.
KNEADING YOUR SLIME IS KEY!
We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve it’s consistency.
You can knead the slime in the bowl before you pick it up as well. This slime is ultra stretchy but can be stickier. However, keep in mind that although adding more solution reduces the stickiness, it will create a stiffer slime.
LIQUID STARCH SLIME RECIPE FOR MAKING HALLOWEEN SLIME
STEP 1: Add 1/2 cup of Elmers Glue to your bowl (add more glitter if desired).
STEP 2: Mix with a 1/2 cup of water.
STEP 3: Add food coloring and glitter!
STEP 4: Stir in 1/4-1/2 liquid starch!
If your slime still feels too sticky, you may need a few more drops of liquid starch.
NOTE: We have found that the Elmers Glitter Glue tends to be a bit stickier than their regular clear glue and we prefer our 2 ingredient slime recipe for this glue.
DECORATE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE SLIME
Get ready for the best part, decorating your Christmas tree homemade slime! Gather your supplies and get started. We have two ways you can play.
We had so much fun decorating our homemade Christmas tree slime and those little hands worked hard pushing the ornaments into the slime and even picking them up. (Sneaky fine motor skills too!)
Add a cookie cutter too. You can cut out a tree shape and watch it ooze back out to a blob. That’s great slime science!
NEW! Add a styrofoam cone shape to your play like we did in our videos! It makes the tree decorating even more fun as your slime oozes over the cone in a tree shape.
STORING YOUR SLIME
Slime lasts quite awhile! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli style containers in my recommended slime supplies list here.
If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups we have used condiment containers.
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EASY CHRISTMAS TREE HOMEMADE SLIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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