When it comes to the circus, there are so many fun circus STEM activities to try, but one of our favorite circus activities has always been making circus slime.
Of course, you can also make cotton candy slime, which is a lot of fun, but for this slime recipe, I wanted to make slime that evoked the bold, primary colors of the traditional circus.
And, we used little vintage circus Little People to play in this slime, which was a lot of fun for my preschooler.
Keep reading to learn how to make your own circus slime recipe!
Easy Circus Slime that is Low-Mess and Simply Adorable
If you want to learn how to make fluffy circus slime that is just like cloud slime, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading to learn how to make circus slime. It’s so much fun!
Ingredients for Circus Slime
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The Science of Slime
Slime science is so fascinating!
Slime is formed by a collection of flexible polymer chains. Polymer chains are a long chain of molecules that have a repeating pattern of small units.
Glue is a polymer on its own, but when the activator ingredient is added (in this case laundry starch) it makes the polymer thicker and stretchier.
Slime making can be a wonderful introduction to chemistry, if children are allowed to experiment with things they think might make slime and are shown the chemical bonding patterns of the ingredients.
If you’re teaching younger kids, just tell them that slime is formed when the molecules in glue and starch cross link, creating stronger bonds.
Older kids can give into the chemical formula of slime!
If you like this slime recipe, you’ll love this cotton candy slime recipe and this cloud slime recipe.
Slime Making Video
Here is how we made our circus slime! If you prefer to look at instructions rather than reading them, then you’ll want to check out this slime video!
If you have trouble getting your slime to work, check out the Slime Troubleshooting Guide.
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How to Make Circus Slime Step by Step Directions
Here’s how to make circus themed slime.
First, you’ll need 3 containers for each color: red, blue, and yellow.
In each container, add 1/2 a cup of white glue, 1/2 a cup of shaving cream, 1 tablespoon of water, and 2 tablespoons of instant snow powder.
Add red, yellow, or blue food coloring (or soap coloring) to each one and stir.
Next, add 1/2 a cup of liquid laundry starch and stir. You’ll have to mix the last bit by hand. If it is too sticky, add more starch. The humidity of the room can change how much starch you have to add.
Keep mixing until you have stretchy, pillowy, and soft slime.
Add whatever circus toys you want to the scene and you’re done!
Perfect circus slime that you can reuse over and over!
Circus Slime Tips
Here are a couple of things to note with your circus slime recipe:
The more you mix the colors, the muddier it will get. Your slime will eventually turn into a green-brown color. To avoid that, only mix colors in small amounts at a time.
If the slime starts to stick to your hands, add a bit more starch.
You can store the slime in an airtight container for up to a month.
The circus slime will get stickier over time, but you an always refresh it by adding more starch or more shaving cream.