In this article: Learn how to make pumpkin pie slime for a fun and pumpkin-spiced fall sensory activity!
My 4 year old loves slime. He’d make it everyday- or multiple times a day- if I’d let him. So it’s fun to think up new types of slime to keep things interesting!
Since it’s fall, and the world is going pumpkin spice crazy, we decided to make some pumpkin pie slime!
It’s smells amazing with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves- all the important pumpkins spice smells.
He had a blast making tiny pumpkin pie slime pies for us to eat. Keep reading to learn how to make your own pumpkin pie slime!
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Slime for Fall Sensory Play
To make pumpkin pie slime you will need the following:
1/2 cup of clear glue
1 T contact solution (that contains boric acid)
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Orange food coloring or slime color (optional)
Orange glitter (optional)
You will also need a bowl, a stirring spoon, measuring cups and measuring spoons.
To make this pumpkin pie slime:
Start by pouring 1/2 cup of clear glue into your bowl.
Add in 3-4 drops of coloring, if you are using it and stir until it is mixed in completely.
Next add about 1/4-1/2 tsp of fine orange glitter. This is totally optional, but let’s face it….everything is better with glitter!
Now add in all of your spices. And stir well until it is all uniformly mixed. You don’ t want any clumps of spices in your slime!
Now it’s time to turn this spiced up glue into slime!
Add the 2 tsp of baking soda and mix well.
Finally add in your 1 T of contact solution and stir. You will notice the chemical change take place almost immediately.
This is a fun step for young kids to do on their own. My 4 year old LOVES watching the glue magically becomes slime.
Keep stirring until all of the contact solution has been mixed in. At this point the slime should be pulled away from the edges of the bowl and will most likely be stuck in a blob on your spoon.
At this point it’s best to get your hands in there and start kneading.
The slime can still be quite sticky at this point, so an adult may be needed for this initial kneading. Use a light and quick touch to knead in the contact solution. If after a few minutes of kneading the slime is still sticky, try adding just a drop or 2 of contact solution and then knead it well to disperse throughout the slime.
Related Reading: 9 Fall Sensory Activities Using Real Pumpkins
Pumpkin Pie Slime Play Ideas
Now it’s time to play with your pumpkin pie slime!
Here are some ways fun ideas to use with your slime:
- Get out fall or Halloween themed cookie cutters to play with. Slime doesn’t “cut” as well as playdough, but they are still fun!
- Add some small pie pans or cookie tins (raiding your play-kitchen can be a great option!) And make some slime pumpkin pies to eat
- Add some small animals- like plastic spiders and stretch the slime to make a web for them
And don’t forget to just let the kids play! Let them stretch, roll, pound and observe how the slime works!
The Science of Slime
Learning can be fun! Here are some of the things your kids can learn while playing with this fun pumpkin pie slime:
- Vocabulary like chemical reaction, polymers, non-Newtonian fluid, state of matter. Using correct terminology gives them a step up for the future.
- Exploration of states of matter and how slime acts as both a solid and a liquid under different conditions
- You can read more about the science behind slime so you are ready to answer questions and encourage discussion
More Slime Recipes:
- 1/2 cup of clear glue
- 1 T contact solution (that contains boric acid)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Orange food coloring or slime color (optional)
- Orange glitter (optional)
- 1/2 cup measure
- 1 T measuring spoon
- 1 tsp measuring spoon
- 1 bowl
- stirring spoon
- Start by pouring 1/2 cup of clear glue into your bowl.
- Add in 3-4 drops of orange color, stir
- Add in 1/4-1/2 tsp glitter, stir
- Add in all of the spices, stir well
- Mix in the baking soda
- Mix in the contact solution, stir until the slime pulls away from the bowl edges
- Use your hands to knead the slime until it is no longer sticky. Add in 1-2 drops of contact solution if needed to reduce stickiness.