Rainforest Mud Slime Recipe Tutorial for Sensory Play

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toy poison dart frogs in mud slime recipe

If your kids are anything like mine then SLIME is all the rage in your house and my Mud Slime Recipe totally ROCKS! I teamed up with my kids one weekend and we made oodles of batches of different slime recipes to see which ones really worked and which ones weren’t so hot.

Today, I’m featuring Safari Ltd.’s Poison Dart Frogs TOOB (also available on Amazon here) in one of my favorite slime recipes – MUD SLIME!

Rainforest Mud Slime Ingredients:

glue and dirt mixed to make mud slime

Rainforest Mud Slime Directions:

  1. Combine 1 cup of liquid school glue and 6 drops of brown acrylic paint in a bowl and mix well. This will provide your “dirt” color.
  2. Add 5 spoonfuls of dirt for texture and mix well. Break up any lumps you might have.
  3. Finally, add your liquid starch in 1 Tbsp. at a time and mix well. I used my entire half cup. After a few tablespoons you can use your hands to knead in the mix.
pile of mud slime in bowl

This Rainforest Mud Slime is the BEST SLIME EVER! Well, it’s 1 of my 3 favorite slime recipes – but that’s another post! I came up with this mud slime recipe for our rainforest activity because when you think of a rainforest what do you think of?

Normally lush green forest, rain, and colorful animals like Poison Dart Frogs, right? I bet you don’t often think of all the mud and rich soil in a rainforest do you?

hand holding mud slime sensory play

With all that rain you’d better believe that there’s SO MUCH MUD in a rainforest! Squishy gloppy gooey mud. And mud is the perfect medium for sensory play! You can even add in fake plants and ferns if you want!

Our Mud Slime comes slightly textured because of the dirt we mixed in, just like you would find in the rainforest – but it’s much cleaner to play with!

Here are some other materials for your Rainforest Sensory Play Time:

ingredients for mud slime with frogs and moss

*Safari Ltd. Poison Dart Frogs TOOB
*Faux Plants

Don’t forget an airtight container to store your mud slime in!

poison dart frogs toys from safari ltd toob

Did you know that Safari Ltd. products are HAND PAINTED! It’s simply amazing! Look at the hand-painted detail on the poison dart frogs above! They are fantastic! It almost looks like a real frog!

poison dart frog toys from safari ltd toob

Here are some more of the poison dart frogs I had in my TOOB collection. I love the variety that is included!

poison dart frog toy from safari ltd toob

If you lay a layer of moss on top of your mud slime your poison dart frogs will get less dirty. My kids, however, live life by the motto “the dirtier the better” – or at least that’s how I feel!

The great thing, however, is that the mud slime literally pulls right off of the poison dart frogs without making a huge mess.

poison dart frogs sitting on green bowl

There are frogs that are just sitting in this TOOB collection as well as frogs that are climbing which makes for a great variety of play with mud slime!

poison dart frogs sitting in mud slime

Look at these poison dart frogs just hanging out! My kids have been having a blast this week with their frogs and mud slime! When you’re done, just store your mud slime in an airtight container!

Safari Ltd.’s Rainforest Fun Pack would also go great with these Poison Dart Frogs and our Mud Slime!

little girl playing with poison dart frogs on table

Looking for another great sensory recipe? Check out our “Snow Alternatives” sensory ideas!

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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    That is the coolest! It really does look like mud! This would be perfect for dinosaur play, too.

  2. Bill Sweeney says:

    My sons would have so much fun with this. I wish I’d had a slime recipe like this when I was a kid having dinosaur death matches. Very cool.

  3. Joely Smith says:

    I have seen a lot of the slime recipes and posts but I am loving your rainforest slime! It is more natural looking and reminds me of when I had a terrarium when I was younger.

    1. Thanks! There are SO many slime recipes out there but so many really aren’t that great! We spent a lot of time testing out batches and I created this recipe like a mad scientist! It was perfect for our poison dart frogs to play in!

  4. I am so sure my twin granddaughters, who are addicted to slime, will have so much fun making their own slime. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says:

    This looks like such a fun way to play! This recipe really does look like slimy mud. Perfect for those froggies.

  6. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says:

    This is such a fun idea. I love the idea of creating this slime in a rainforest theme. I think my kids would have a blast playing with this slime!

  7. Chubskulit Rose says:

    My son is so obsessed in doing this slimes. My glue keep disappearing! It’s nice to see him having fun though.

  8. Alicia Trautwein says:

    I love all the different slimes that people are creating! We loving add slime to our sensory diet!

  9. That is such a neat idea! I love how you incorporated a learning experience into the slime. And I love the rainforest theme with the poison dart frogs. My kids would have a blast with this.

  10. I know my daughter would love this mud slime! This would be so much fun to try with my after school art class as well.

  11. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says:

    No kids, and while I may be the cool Aunt, I like taking the niece and nephew units OUT so their messes are never in my apartment! LOL – I’ll share this with their moms so THEY can make this at home! 🙂

  12. Where do you get the dirt, this is such an awesome idea

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