Explore different sensations, learn about color, and experiment like a scientist.
What you’ll need:
- Clear glue
- Liquid starch (either in a pourable bottle or in a non-aerosol spray)
- liquid watercolor
- Mixing bowls
- Scoops and spoons
- Optional: Glitter, craft sticks, dull knives, jewels, sequins
- Something to protect your surface: cookie sheets, plastic tubs, or a waterproof tablecloth or shower curtain liner
Step 1 – Make the slime
Squeeze some of the clear glue into your mixing bowls. Add a few drops of liquid watercolor to tint it and stir it up. Then add an equal amount of liquid starch to the mixture. (It doesn’t matter what quantities you use as long as the starch to glue ratio is fairly equal). Mix it up.
*Tips for Parents: Your child can help you with the mixing. You can also have older children help with measuring. As the glue/starch combo begins to combine, it will seem to separate into chunky bits, then it will slowly come together as a sticky goo. If you keep mixing vigorously, it will form a ball that pulls the sticky pieces away from the sides of the bowl (similar to bread dough). For the most part, the more starch you add, the more solid—and less sticky—the slime will be. However, I’ve found that when mixed with red liquid watercolor, all the starch doesn’t mix in, so you end up having to pour some out. That’s the science experiment part of this activity!
Step 2 – Play, Squeeze, Stretch, and Scoop
Set the slime out on a low table (or even the kitchen floor). I like to put each color in a segment of a chip-and-dip tray, or simply put each bowl out with a spoon in it. I give each child a cookie sheet, a few spoons and measuring scoops, and let them mix, scoop, poke, and explore the material.
*Tips for Parents: Some kids are hesitant to touch the cold, slimy goop. Don’t push it; they can explore it with spoons, dull knives, or even craft sticks. Encourage kids to mix the colors together, or make it more festive by adding glitter or jewels. Talk about the texture. Is it thin or thick? Wet or dry? Cold or hot? The longer you leave it out, the more it will dry out into more of a clear, flubbery play clay that can be rolled into a ball or logs. Explore the material on different days and talk about how it has changed.
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