This glow in the dark crunchy slime is an exciting multi-faceted sensory experience!
Glow in the Dark Crunchy Slime with Perler Beads
I don’t know about your kids, but mine have not gotten tired of slime. I can’t blame them either – every time we go to Target (or even the regular grocery store), we see displays dedicated to selling slime ingredients.
In fact, our Target (which just reopened a few weeks ago after Hurricane Harvey) has a big table FULL of NEW glues, glitter, sequins, and more. Every time we stop in, we have to pick up something else to try – I’ll admit that I’m just as excited as the kids. We have a whole box of new slime supplies, so stay tuned for more recipes throughout the summer!
In the meantime, here is an awesome new glow in the dark slime that incorporates textures into the play experience.
Bonus: This slime recipe uses two glow-in-the-dark ingredients, for double the glowing effect!
Not only is it stretchy and glowing, but we added Perler beads for their crunchy texture and sounds. Did we mention that the Perler beads glow in the dark too?
Related: For a taste-safe version that’s safe for kids of all ages, try our Edible Glow in the Dark Slime!
Crunchy Glowing Slime Ingredients
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- 1 (5 ounce) bottle of clear glue
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Tablespoon contact lens solution
- 1 Tablespoon glow in the dark paint
- Glow in the dark Perler beads
Safety note: This slime is not edible. Please do not taste or eat. More slime safety tips below the recipe. We also have a huge collection of taste-safe slime recipes that can be made with simple kitchen ingredients – these are perfect for younger kids! Click here to see our edible slime recipes.
How to Make Crunchy Glow in the Dark Slime
Pour the entire bottle of clear glue into a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir to thin the glue.
Add baking soda and glow in the dark paint to your mixing bowl with glue. Stir until paint is evenly incorporated into the glue.
Add contact solution and stir. Slime will begin to clump together, but may still be sticky to the touch.
Finish kneading by hand, adding contact solution (one teaspoon at a time, if needed) until slime is not overly sticky.
Add perler beads – as many as you’d like – until you have just the right amount of “crunchiness.”
TIP: Experiment with textures by adding different amounts of beads in each batch of slime you make.
To make your slime glow:
- “Charge” your slime by holding it up to a light source for at least a minute. Then turn off the lights and watch it glow!
- Play in a room with a blacklight for a non-stop glowing experience.
When finished playing with your glow in the dark slime for the day, store in a sealed airtight container. If you wash hands thoroughly before playing with slime and store properly, it should last for at least a couple weeks.
Related: Click here to learn how to make glow in the dark slime using Elmer’s Magical Liquid! (Only 2 ingredients!)
Slime Safety Tips
Slime is lots of fun and a wonderful sensory experience for kids! However, it’s important to make sure to follow all slime safety recommendations:
- This slime is not edible. Please do not taste or eat.
- Always supervise children when making and playing with any slime recipe.
- As with many slime recipes, this involves a chemical reaction. Some ingredients may cause irritation to sensitive skin. Wash hands thoroughly after play.
- Read this first: click here to read all of our tips to make slime safely.
For glue-free slime alternatives, check out our complete guide: How to Make Slime (without Glue or Borax)
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