Homemade edible slime

This slime has a fun texture, and is completely edible! Have fun exploring the ingredients and experimenting with different flavours and smells.

Try dividing the mixture up before adding the colour, so you can make a range of colours. Then, see what happens when you mix different slimes together – the possibilities are endless! You’ll need to prep this activity the night before.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a creative and sensory activity that helps people learn by engaging with nature and using their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch and different textures while supporting independent choice. 

The materials needed to make edible slime, including a bowl of dried chia seeds and food colouring

How to do this activity

What you’ll need

  • 50g chia seeds
  • 600ml water
  • Cornflour
  • Food colouring
  • Big and small bowls
  • Airtight container
Chia seeds in a tub being covered with a pink-ish water

Step 1

Place the chia seeds in a bowl and cover with 600ml water. Leave them overnight in the fridge.
Adding food colouring to chia seeds in water

Step 2

Mix them and divide the mixture into smaller bowls or jars, depending on how many colours you want. Add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl and give a gentle stir.
Adding cornflour to the red and black jars of gloopy chia seeds

Step 3

Add cornflower until the mixture becomes gloopy and is sticky but comes off your hand cleanly.
Edible slime being lifted out of their jars by hand

Step 4

Have fun playing with the mixture! Introduce plastic toys to the slime and go ‘digging’ for them, or try sensory play toys to aid exploration.

Top tips

  • You can use orange juice, squash or other flavoured drinks in lieu of water to change the taste – you can even flavour water using natural food flavourings like peppermint
  • Make slime in different colours