Ocean Slime Recipe

If you’ve ever wondered how to make slime, you’re in luck! Today I’m sharing a super simple slime recipe that can be modified to fit any theme. We used this recipe to create our ocean slime!

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How to Make Ocean Slime~ Buggy and Buddy


We have been on focusing on all kinds of ocean themed activities for kids the past few weeks (like our Rocky Shore Small World with Ocean Playdough, our Fine Motor Octopus Craft and our Free Printable Beach Scavenger Hunt). So this week when one of my good friends, Fun at Home with Kids, challenged kid bloggers to participate in Slime Week, I knew I had to try it! I combined slime with an ocean theme to come up with our ocean slime recipe! (This post contains affiliate links.)


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Ocean Slime Recipe

This was my children’s first experience with homemade slime, and I have to say I wish I had tried it sooner! Theo and Lucy went absolutely nuts playing with it, and it was so easy to make. Below is the recipe for making your own slime. Feel free to substitute colors to make it fit your own theme!


(DO NOT allow children that still put things in their mouth to play with this particular slime recipe or ever leave any child unattended while playing. This recipe uses ingredients that are not safe when ingested. At the end of the post I will leave some links for some taste-safe slime recipes for the younger ones to enjoy!)

Ingredients for Ocean Slime

Directions for Making Ocean Slime

1. Start by pouring the water and liquid glue into a bowl. Mix until combined.


mix the glue and water


2. Add your liquid watercolor or food coloring to the glue-water mixture. (We actually made a few batches and colored one regular blue and one turquoise.)


add your color


3. Add glitter (if you are glitter-love like me. If you are not a fan of glitter, I’d skip this step because you will have some glitter around after playing with the finished slime.) We added some silver, blue and green glitter to ours!


add glitter to the slime


4. Add the liquid starch and stir.


add starch


5. Once the mixture begins to thicken and climb up your spoon, you can knead it well by hand.




6. Check the consistency. It should be nice and stretchy, but not stringy or super sticky. (If your ocean slime didn’t turn out quite how you were hoping, it’s an easy fix! Just go here to read How to Fix Slime that Didn’t Work Out for details.)


7. You can store your ocean slime in an airtight container for up to two weeks!


Homemade Slime Recipe

Playing with Ocean Slime

Be sure to find a place to play with slime that you don’t mind getting a bit messy. We played in our kitchen at the table since the table and wood floors are easy to clean. Also, my son did get some slime on his shirt which washed off in the washer, but just in case, be sure your kids are wearing play clothes.


The kids started off by just exploring the slime. They’d stretch it and see how long they could make it get.


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Theo tried to make his as long as Lucy’s.


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Theo just couldn’t get enough of the stretching. Here’s the best picture I could get of him playing- he was just always in action!


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Lucy decided to mix our turquoise and blue slime together. She loved watching how the colors mixed…


mixing slime


…and just squishing it over and over!


squishing ocean slime


We added some of our ocean animals to the slime. Their favorite part was making impressions in the slime with the ocean animals and then watching the impressions slowly disappear.


Ocean Slime~ Buggy and Buddy

Looking for some taste-safe slime recipes? Try these!

  • Edible Slime
  • Chia Seed Slime Recipe 

    Be sure to check out STEAM Kids book and ebook for even more creative STEM and STEAM ideas!

    STEAM Kids: 50+ STEAM STEM activities for kids

How to Make Ocean Slime (Recipe)- Fun sensory activity and small world play for summer or a unit on sea life! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. So pretty! I want to try making a successful slime (LOL!). I have not tried one with liquid starch so we may try this one 🙂

  2. We have REALLY gotten into slime over here, so this will go on our list of recipes to try soon. So pretty, and what a great sensory play experience for the kiddos!

  3. That is the prettiest slime I have ever seen, I don’t think anyone could resist playing with it.

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  4. For the toys used in your slime did you just use small plastic ones, similar to what can be found at the dollar store?

  5. kokine26 says:

    I know this post is very old but I was wondering where is the link for the safe slim recipe? I can’t find the link she said she would left at the end of the post?? Thank you!

  6. can you give me a link where to get those containers? I think that they look perfect for slime!

  7. I was wondering how much I’d need to increase the recipe for a class of 10 kids. Thanks!


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