How to Make Sparkly Butterfly Slime for Sensory Play

Want to make some Sparkly Butterfly Slime? Kids will have a blast making and playing with this butterfly slime recipe!

It's a great sensory activity and it's also SO pretty to look at.

Butterfly Slime Recipe

This easy butterfly slime recipe is made with clear glue and contact lens solution as the base with added glitter and sparkle for fun sensory play.

Who can resist the appeal of flowers and butterflies in the spring time?

Butterfly Slime Sensory Play

The sprinkles and fun pieces make this such a fun sensory play activity for spring or summer, and the perfect addition to learning about butterflies and the butterfly life cycle.

Add this slime fun to a spring unit in your preschool or homeschool, or to a unit on caterpillars, butterflies and the lepidoptera life cycle.

Butterfly Unit Study Ideas

Exploring nature while using your senses is a great way to learn about the world around you.

And this slime is perfect for starting or adding to a butterfly life cycle study.

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These are some of our favourites which would make great additions to your butterfly unit:

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Who is this butterfly slime recipe good for?

Slime provides brilliant visual, tactile, and proprioceptive* sensory feedback making it perfect for all kids, but especially those on the autism spectrum.

And this butterfly slime recipe is perfect for preschoolers who are curious and love to get their hands dirty!

How to Make Butterfly Slime


Here are all the materials you'll need:

½ tbsp. Baking soda
1 tbsp. Contact solution
butterfly buttons - buy on Amazon or at Joann
Mixing bowl
Stirring spoon
Plastic mat to protect your table for play time 


1. Pour all of the glue into a medium sized mixing bowl.

2. Add the baking soda and stir well until combined. The slime will begin to turn cloudy and shiny.

3. Pour the contact lens solution into the mix and stir until the slime becomes stretchy. 

4. Knead the slime with your hands. The slime will feel sticky at first, but continue to knead until you get the desired consistency.

* Kids will get great proprioceptive input if they help with the kneading!

5. Place the slime on the plastic play mat to protect your surfaces. Add the butterfly buttons around the slime, sprinkle the flower confetti around the slime then the slime is ready for play time!

You could also set out some extra butterfly toys and silk flowers alongside the slime to encourage some more imaginative play ideas.

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