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Pirate Treasure Slime Perfect for Little Treasure Lovers

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Arr you ready for a pirate treasure slime recipe? Although we’ve made a lot of slime recipes to date, this pretty, sparkly version was a really big hit with the kids, and I really loved it too!

We used this pirate slime as a fun science activity in a pirate thematic unit recently.

You can see some of the other activities that will go along with a pirate theme before I share the recipe to make your very own treasure slime!

Kids will have a blast with all of these activities, but they will REALLY love playing with the sparkly slime.

Little pirate lovers will adore this fun recipe for pirate treasure slime! This slime recipe is the perfect sensory activity for a pirate thematic unit!

You’ll also want to check out the ultimate list of summer STEM activities and the ultimate list of summer science experiments. 

Check out the full list of summer slime recipes!

How to Make Pirate Slime

Read on to see how to make the very best pirate treasure slime! And don’t forget to try our other pirate activities: Pirate summer camp and learning how pirates navigated.


Slime is made when boron mixes with the polymer chains in the glue, creating strong, but flexible bonds between the molecules.

There are so many fun tweaks you can make to a basic slime recipe, like my kid’s favorite, fluffy slime!

Since this slime does contain borax, if you have a sensitivity to it, you may want to try our baking soda slime instead.


How to Make Glue and Starch Slime Work 

glitter slime recipe

If this is your first time making slime, you should follow along with our post on slime troubleshooting.  Luckily,liquid laundry starch slime made with clear glue is the easiest slime recipe.

If you don’t want to waste a lot of ingredients, try mixing up a small batch first to make sure you won’t have to tweak it before you make the larger version.

We always stock up on gallon sizes of glue and the large laundry starch just in case something goes wrong (but it almost always goes smoothly).

slime science lesson

Pirate Slime Recipe

Follow these directions and you’ll have the best pirate treasure slime ever!


What you’ll need to make pirate treasure slime:


Golden slime recipe

Elmer's Liquid School Glue, Premium Clear, Washable, 1 Gallon, 1 Count - Great For Making SlimeElmer’s Liquid School Glue, Premium Clear, Washable, 1 Gallon, 1 Count – Great For Making SlimeFood Coloring Liqua-Gel - 6 Color Rainbow Kit in .75 fl. oz. (20ml) BottlesFood Coloring Liqua-Gel – 6 Color Rainbow Kit in .75 fl. oz. (20ml) BottlesPurex Sta-Flo Liquid Starch, 64 OuncePurex Sta-Flo Liquid Starch, 64 OunceOriginal Stationery Arts and Crafts Glitter Shake Jars, Extra Fine, 24 Multi color SetOriginal Stationery Arts and Crafts Glitter Shake Jars, Extra Fine, 24 Multi color Set

Mix 1/2 a cup of water, 1/2 a cup of glue and food coloring in a bowl. Add a sprinkle of glitter.

sparkly slime recipe

Add 1/2 a cup of laundry starch and mix. The mixture may be gloppy at first, but it will dry out and stretch the more you play with it.

Stretch it and get it dry before handing it to a child to cut down on mess.

glitter slime recipe

If you like, give your children some plastic jewels and plastic coins to add to the slime. We thought our pirate treasure looked more authentic this way.

pirate slime

The slime was like the solid mass of treasure you always see in cartoons that isn’t drawn enough to stand out. :-)

glittery slime

There are a lot of ways to learn with this slime, such as by counting the jewels, making patterns of coins, or forming the slime into letters and numbers.

slime science lesson

More Fun Slime Recipes

Classic Borax Slime

Mermaid Slime

Rainbow Slime

Fluffy Slime

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