You are constantly telling your child not to pick their nose. But who can resist rolling something sticky, wet, and squishy between their fingers? I’ve got a solution that will satisfy both kids and parents.

Slime

It’s an incredible sensory experience for the kids as they dig in and get gooey, but it doesn’t leave a big mess behind for you to clean up. The sensation of slime being squeezed between fingers and toes, of stretching, pulling, and rolling the slime between palms can be very relaxing for a child. (And an adult, too!)

Below I have included the gooiest, slimiest, most tried and true recipes from across the internet. You can experiment to come up with your own creations, too!

You tell your child not to pick their nose. But who can resist rolling something wet and squishy between their fingers? I've got a solution: make SLIME.

Standard GAK from The Science Kiddo
This 4-ingredient recipe is quick and easy to make.

Bat Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands
Slime with a Halloween twist! You could vary this according to the season or holiday so you have a festive slime all year round.

Glow in the Dark Slime from Left Brain Craft Brain
Who doesn’t love stuff that glows in the dark? Make the dough and then read the science behind what makes something glow in the dark here.