Slime is one of my favourite activities for all ages, babies, toddlers and preschoolers and if you don't get it too dirty it will last for ages!
With Christmas coming up and the playful preschoolers all excited about hanging baubles and other ornaments on the tree I thought I would turn our current slime tub into a little Christmas themed fine motor fun!
They absolutely loved this activity...as did the day care kids! Simple to set up...just make up a little 2 ingredient slime with my foolproof recipe, add a little food colouring or edicol dye and a packet of baubles from the $2 shop or from your outdated Chrissy stash.
Place the baubles on top of the slime...I suggest using a wide shallow tub similar to this one and then hand out some small tongs.....and watch the concentration and excitement as they rise to the challenge.
I added a few egg cartons we had painted with watercolours a few days ago and they raced to see who could fill their tray with Christmas baubles the quickest.
To alter your quantity of slime simply keep adding more soap flakes and hot water. If you want a thinner slime add more water, for thicker add less...easy huh? If you just want a white slime to perhaps replicate snow then don't bother with the colour dye and your activity set up just got even easier! If you want the perfect slime then be patient, mix and put it aside overnight before use.
If you don't have egg cartons why not try muffin trays or just bowls to drop those balls into?
The twins really enjoyed the challenge of getting the slippery balls to the egg cartons and placing them to their satisfaction. Wonderful for problem solving, spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination.
When the trays were filled it was a greater challenge to pick them up and drop them back into the slime!
I just love to think up games that we can use these little tongs with....they really are a fantastic, budget friendly tool for challenging and improving fine motor skills and wrist muscles.
This slime sat overnight so it became lovely and thick which made it a little harder each time to get the balls back out as they got a little more slippery at each turn.
When they grew tired of the tongs and the temptation was too much they dived in with their hands to really enjoy the slippery, soft experience of the slime between their fingers.
And it proved easier to pick up the balls and then hide them for friends to try and find again!
They finally decided it was even easier to just put the egg cartons into the slime and fill them with balls from there....amazing the progression of play and the preschooler thought process isn't it?
The balls were washed in a tub of soapy water by the children who played with them, I think it is important for children to be involved in an activity from the start to the end. The children helped me make the slime the previous day, they played with it and then they helped to clean it up.
And did I mention I love slime? Go on...try it...I promise it is the most glorious stress reliever to squish and run it through your hands! Why let the kids have all the fun?
Would you find this activity too messy or love it?
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