Invitation to Play with Slime

 

 

I’d been planning to play with slime for a while but my attempt at making glitter slime didn’t turn out as expected. I left the failed slime in a covered bowl and completely forgot about it.

About two months later, I looked at the bowl again and found that the materials had combined on their own. It still wasn’t quite the slime I’d had in mind but it was a silky, somewhat stretchy dough that was fun to touch, so I set up an invitation to play with slime for E.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

(E was 34 months old.)

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You’ll need:

  • Slime. {You may as well do it the proper way with clear glue and liquid starch, check out Fun at Home with Kids’ Golden Glitter Slime for instructions. But if the recipe does fail for you, your kid (and you!) can still have lots of sensory fun with it!}
  • Pony beads.
  • Party picks. {We imported ours from Germany but there are lots of fun options like these or these.}
  • Cut up straws (optional). {E had previously done cutting practice on them but didn’t use them with the slime at all.}

 

 

 

Note:ย Given the materials for slime, I wouldn’t recommend doing this with kids who may want to have a taste. You can easily go with play dough for them.

 

 

 

I set up the materials on a tray for E to find.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

Before I was even able to sit down with her, she’d already pushed a few beads into the slime, torn off a piece and started making a “snake”. {This was the first time she succeeded in making a snake, although she’d tried several times with play dough before.}

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

She was quite proud of her snake and offered it to me.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

Our slime wasn’t as stretchy as expected but still had some fun stretch.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

E kept tearing off pieces of slime and exploring them with her hands.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

The party picks were fun for stabbing the slime.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

When the stars aligned just right, E even managed a really big stretch!

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

Big enough to wrap around her hand.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

And big enough to tear into small pieces again ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

The slime would slowly melt when it wasn’t handled for a while, and I set a blob on the edge of the tray to document the process – well, it sure flattened out quickly when E slammed her hand on it ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

E really enjoyed tearing up the slime and made snakes over and over again.

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

To finish the activity, she dumped a couple of handfuls of beads on the tray just so she could put them back into the bowl ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Low mess invitation to play with slime for older toddlers and up.

 

 

 

This slime isn’t messy or sticky at all and wipes right off non-porous surfaces like the tray, table and tiles on the floor, and the one spot we did get on one of my chair covers, I was able to wipe up with a sponge even though it had already had about 30 minutes to dry.

 

 

 

Have you played with slime before? How did you like it? Leave a comment below!

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