Messy slime play

Messy slime play is fun!

This activity is simple, low cost, introduces mathematical and science concepts (i.e. ratios, measurement and properties of materials), and is a messy play activity that is extremely popular with kids.

Gather your resources:

•   Large mixing bowl
•   Measuring jug & spoon
•   500g cornflour
•   375ml (1½ cups) water
•   Food colouring

Steps:
1.   Add food colouring to the water (about 20 drops).
2.   Pour the coloured water and cornflour into the mixing bowl and stir.
3.   If the mix is too stiff add more water. If the mix is too sloppy add more cornflour.
4.   When left in the bowl the slime will look like a liquid and will feel like a liquid if you slowly stir it. Rapid stirring will make the slime feel like a solid. When the stirring is stopped, the slime will revert to its liquid-like state.
5.   Stick your hands in the slime and experience how it feels and changes its consistency!
6.   Cover the mix and refrigerate. If the mix dries out add more water.
7.   Do not dispose of the slime down the drains or toilet as it can cause blockages. Allow it to dry out and then wrap in newspaper and put it in the bin.

Keep the messy play fun going and create curiosity in the children by adding measuring cups, bowls, plastic cups, etc. for them to fill and pour. These measuring skills help in developing mathematical concepts. Encourage them to reflect on what they are doing and you will help them develop a love of learning.

Enjoy messy slime play!

Article courtesy of Playgroup Queensland.

Published — 11 April 2019 Last updated — 11 April 2019

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