Learn how to make this calming lavender slime recipe with natural plant ingredients and easy to find UK materials. Takes 2 minutes to mix up for plenty of stretchy, scented, relaxing play time fun!
We have been big fans of making our own slime this summer, now that we have perfected our super simple slime recipe using UK ingredients!
At this time of year, in late summer, we always have an over abundance of fresh lavender growing on large bushes in our garden. We’ve used this in the past for all types of sensory play recipes as it has such a wonderful scent and has calming properties too (useful for a pre-bedtime wind down routine!)
Lavender Slime Recipe
This recipe is so simple but the ingredients do need to be exactly right for them to work.
PVA or clear glue (also known as school glue or Elmer’s brand)
Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda in the US)
Contact Lens Solution (there are various types of this so if you click the link to the one we used you will find it works perfectly! If you can’t choose this exact one, then make sure the one you buy contains boric acid (borax) in the ingredients list. It simply won’t work without this.)
Gel food colouring (Liquid food colouring alters the recipe and doesn’t work so well we’ve found.)
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Mix 1 cup of PVA with 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda in US.) Then add some purple gel food colouring and mix well.
Add 1 tablespoon of the contact lens solution and mix until it becomes stringy and comes away from the sides of the bowl and clumps together.
Start to knead the ball with your hands and soon it will lose its stickiness and become stretchy and super smooth.
If it is still too sticky then add a little more contact lens solution until it’s just right, but not too much or it will be brittle and snap.
Next mix in lots of lavender heads by hand (this is a great fine motor and sensory experience all in one!) They will add a great texture as well as natural, calming scent.
Now play! Stretch it, loop it, snip it with scissors, squelch your hands into it and enjoy.
We have been storing our slime in an airtight container after making it, but sometimes the solution comes out of the mixture again so has to be kneaded back in. It doesn’t last more than a few days this way so it is best enjoyed on the day I think!
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