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How to make gingerbread slime for Christmas sensory play! This easy slime recipe is borax-free, has the scent of gingerbread cookies, and is a perfect themed slime activity to get the kids excited for the holiday season.
Like this cinnamon-scented slime recipe this holiday slime literally smells like Christmas!
The fun slime recipe is not only lots of fun for kids to play with, but making the slime is an excellent learning opportunity as well. It is essentially a science experiment!
Gingerbread Slime Ingredients List
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Clear glue – I use and recommend Elmer’s brand glue for my slime recipes. You can use either a 5 oz bottle of clear glue or measure 5 ounces from a larger jug of glue.
- Contact solution – Be sure to use a contact solution that has both boric acid and sodium borate in the list of ingredients as these are the necessary slime activators.
- Baking soda – Essential for making slime with contact lens solution.
- Brown paint – A little bit of brown acrylic paint will tint the slime a light brown color.
- Glitter – We used a combo of brown glitter and gold glitter for a gingerbread vibe. This glitter set is affordable and has some good options.
- Gingerbread oil – Scented gingerbread oil is similar to an essential oil and is used to give the slime the smell of gingerbread.
- Adult supervision is necessary when it comes to making and playing with slime.
- This is not an edible slime. Children should not put it near their mouths.
- Have the children wash their hands with soap and water after playing with the slime.
- It is possible for fragrance oils to cause allergic reactions. If you are making this holiday slime at home you may want to test a drop of the oil on your child’s skin before using it to make the slime. If you are making this gingerbread Christmas slime recipe in the classroom, you should consider omitting the fragrance oil to be safe. Even without the gingerbread scent, this homemade slime recipe is still a fun sensory activity for kids!
After having so much fun playing with the DIY slime (and washing their little hands), why not give the kids a tasty homemade gingerbread man cookie to enjoy as well?
More Christmas Ideas for Kids
- medium or large mixing bowl
- spoon or spatula to stir
- Combine glue, water, a few drops of brown paint, and a few drops gingerbread fragrance oil. I suggest starting with 1 drop of the fragrance oil, stirring, and seeing if that gives you enough scent — if not add additional oil 1 drop at a time.
- Add brown and gold glitter to the glue mixture. Stir.
- Add baking soda and stir well to combine.
- Add 1 tbsp contact solution and stir to combine. The slime will instantly begin to form when it is introduced and it will be very sticky. Use your hands to knead the slime until it is less sticky.