If you work with kids, odds are you’ve heard of slime. It’s another one of those kid crazes that are taking hold of their entire attention spans. And this one seems to have endured for quite some time!
I had a couple of clients request that we make it in session. For those of you who do arts and crafts or fun experiments, I’m sure you have too. I’ve tried a couple of different recipes in session and there are a TON on YouTube.
If you’re wondering what the benefits of slime are in session I can name a few:
- Working on directives by providing clear instructions for the child to follow
- Discussing limits such as “I see you’d like to see if the slime sticks to my walls, but we are going to keep our mess contained to the craft table today”
- Tactile stimulation and being comfortable with messes.
- Engaging them in what they’re interested in
- Mindfulness! You use all of your senses to create slime (maybe not taste). We’ve talked about what feeling this slime looks like, feels like, smells like.
- Focus. Yes it’s a preferred activity, but for our kids who have some trouble with impulse control, this can be a way to help them be aware of those behaviors.
- Agency! They are making something completely their own from scratch. That’s HUGE.
- Feeling identification. What feeling does slime feel like? What does it look like? What feeling do you have when you play with slime? You’d be surprised here. Kids get pretty creative with those answers.
- Responsibility! They take this goopy, messy stuff home with them. And it can be messy if it gets stuck somewhere or forgotten. Talk to your kids about the responsibility of having slime. Can they take care of it? What if it makes a mess? What can they do to make it better? Are they building up to a bigger responsibility soon? This could be a good stepping stone.
Now, as I’ve said, I’ve tried a few different recipes. I’ve done the detergent route (very successful but very smelly for small offices with poor ventilation). I’ve done cornstarch (comes out more like play-doh or oobleck). My favorite recipe I’ve been using for a few months now:
- Glue (Elmer’s has been the best so far) Either clear or not depending on what effect you’re going for. I use the regular old white glue as I have a literal gallon of it at home. I put about 2 globs in, meaning I take the main cap off and squeeze until I have about 2 quarters size in the bowl.
- Baking Soda. Start with a pinch. If you add too much at once, it starts to come out more like play-doh and dries it out. You can always add more as you stir together later on. This is the ingredient that will make it less sticky.
- Contact Solution. I believe this gets the reaction going. I do about a 3 second squirt from the bottle and add more as needed, usually no more than that is needed.
- Optional: Food coloring/glitter. Beware that adding a little bit of optional ingredients might not change your formula, but adding LOTS will definitely mess with the texture.
This makes a small handful of slime. I usually limit it to this weekly otherwise I will be buying glue like crazy!
Have you made slime? How did it go? What did you use? What interventions did you use with it?? Share below!