One of the most popular crazes among young children has been how to make homemade slime. Slime is not a new invention, it’s actually been entertaining children of all ages since 1976. Playing with slime is a great indoor activity that boosts creativity, inventive skills, imaginative powers, motor and sensory development, plus social skills.
Making slime is fun (and a great activity to do on rainy days). You’ll be surprised how quickly the slime comes together and how long your kids will play with the slime afterwards. Slime is an ideal quiet-play activity and is actually one of the ways I engage with the kids in the kitchen.
There are also tons of kits available that you can get for your kids, with detailed instructions that are easy to follow. The Slime Time Goo Science Kit from Milliard is a good example, containing everything you need from measuring cups and containers to the actual slime-making liquids and even dye for the slime.
If your child is a major slime enthusiast, you can get them the basic components to make it themselves without the help of a kit. School glue, baking soda, and contact solution should be all they need to start making slime.
You can also get them some accessories to bring a little more life into their slime, such as little foam beads or plastic diamonds, which add texture. I buy most items/ingredients from Amazon in bulk, makes things more affordable and their delivered right to my door.
Five Easy Recipes To Get You Started
We’ve found four more easy slime recipes below you can try with your kids at home. The ingredients shouldn’t be hard to find and the directions are quite simple to follow. I have singled out the recipes that don’t include borax, this is a cleaning chemical and I wouldn’t want my kids accidentally ingesting it.
Once you have made the slime, you can play with it immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for later.
Tips To Make Clean-Up A Breeze
- Cover your table with an outdoor tablecloth, plastic placemats or flexible cutting boards are also great for protecting surfaces during slime play.
- Remember to wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth while playing with any kind of slime.
- Slime will become harder to clean off once it dries, it’s still glue! Soak your mixing tools in warm soapy water while you play.
- Be sure to give your play space a quick wipe-down when you are done.
Playing With Slime Is A Learning Experience
Make sure your kid’s age is suitable for slime making and slime games. If your kid is still at the stage where he puts everything inside his mouth to have a taste, postpone this how to make homemade slime activity until he’s a bit older. Slime is best suited for grade school kids, ages seven and above.
You probably want to start the fun right away and it will be a great opportunity to develop your child’s concentration, imagination, and learning abilities. This activity could also satisfy his curiosity with his environment and inspire him to continue learning in a fun and exciting way.
As he explores different slime games, he can also enhance his mind-body coordination skills.One more thing, if you worry about the mess, this activity will also allow you to teach your child the importance of tidying up and keeping everything in order after playing.
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