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Leprechaun Slime Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Activity for Kids

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This fun leprechaun slime recipe made from clear glue and orange food coloring makes a great Saint Patrick’s Day activity for kids.

Slime is such a fun tool for sensory learning and play. It’s perfect for preschoolers and kindergarten children. There are almost endless things you can do with it.

Kids will be delighted at how well their slime turns out and the hairdresser aspect offers a fun twist on a classic kids activity.

Want more slime recipes for kids? Don’t miss our Easy Valentine Slime Recipe and this Slime: Liquid or Solid Science Experiment.

Laminated hand drawn leprechaun face with green hat with orange slime eyebrows and beard.

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Easy Leprechaun Slime Recipe

My kids love messy play and hands on activities like playing with slime. They love playdough, but they can get bored of it after awhile. Plus, both of my kids enjoy a silly hair styling app on our tablet.

With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, I was inspired to use slime as the hair of a leprechaun.

With the help of a laminator, you can transform slime time into art time, too!

If you don’t have a laminator machine – that’s OK! You can use a clear page protector, a large clear zip top baggie, or even plastic wrap.

The kids thought it was hilarious that they could play hairdresser with slime to a leprechaun. It’s amazing how slightly changing up an activity can keep kids busy for nearly a whole afternoon.

Leprechaun Slime Ingredients:

Bottle of Elmer's clear glue, jug of liquid starch, and a small bottle of orange food coloring.

How to Make Leprechaun Slime

First, draw a little leprechaun on a piece of paper. I drew a little guy with pointy ears, a hat, and a shamrock accent. Don’t draw any hair, including eyebrows. (I kept wanting to add eyebrows, but don’t.) I made my guy wink.

Making a play mat for the slime with a laminator.

To make your picture slime proof and reusable, run your leprechaun sheet through a Laminator machine

If you do not have a laminator, you can put the picture inside of a clear page protector or a large zip top baggie. You could even try putting plastic wrap around your picture and securing it on the back.

If you don’t mind the leprechaun paper getting messy, you don’t have to make it slime proof!

Now you are ready to make your slime.

Mixing orange slime in a small clear container.

Start by mixing 1/4 cup of clear glue with 1/4 cup of water and a few drops of orange food coloring. Next add 1/4 cup of liquid starch to the mix.

Mix everything with a fork until combined, then let the slime sit for about three minutes before using it.

Work the slime with your hands until it is smooth, stretchy, and no longer sticky. Now it is ready to play with!

Leprechaun slime sensory play kids activity for St. Patrick's Day using slime to make mustache and eyebrow.

Show the kids how you can use the slime like hair. Give your leprechaun all kinds of hairstyles!

We made a leprechaun with a funny beard, one with a crazy mustache, and we even made a lady leprechaun, too.

We hope you include this fun leprechaun slime recipe in your St. Patrick’s Day activities!

More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas:

Leprechaun Slime Activity

Leprechaun Slime Activity

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Looking for an easy St. Patrick's Day activity for young kids? Try making this fun Leprechaun Slime! Great sensory play for preschoolers and kindergartners.

Materials

  • Markers
  • Liquid laundry starch
  • Clear glue
  • Orange food coloring
  • White paper

Tools

  • Laminator

Instructions

    1. First, draw a little leprechaun on a piece of paper. Don't draw any hair, including eyebrows.
    2. To make your picture slime proof and reusable, run your leprechaun sheet through a Laminator machine
    3. If you do not have a laminator, you can put the picture inside of a clear page protector or a large zip top baggie. You could even try putting plastic wrap around your picture and securing it on the back. If you don't mind the leprechaun paper getting messy, you don't have to make it slime proof!
    4. Start by mixing 1/4 cup of clear glue with 1/4 cup of water and a few drops of orange food coloring.
    5. Next add 1/4 cup of liquid starch to the mix. Mix everything with a fork until combined, then let the slime sit for about three minutes before using it.
    6. Work the slime with your hands until it is smooth, stretchy, and no longer sticky. Now it is ready to play with!
    7. Show the kids how to use the slime to create silly hairstyles, beards, etc and have fun!

Did you make this project?

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Collage of papers with leprechaun faces with orange slime arranged in different hairstyles and beards.
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