Slime Time Exploration
Making slime is a hands-on activity that can be expanded during speech and language sessions. This is also the perfect way to include some fine motor skill integration for children that may benefit from that. Slime is easy to make and does not create much of a mess. The best part of slime is that once it is made you can incorporate it into activities that work on specific language goals by thinking outside of the box.
Quick and Easy Slime
Making slime only requires two ingredients: glue and liquid starch. Clear glue is more fun, but white glue will also work. For a colorful twist, add in your own glitter to sparkle with some food coloring. Begin by having kids pour the glue into a bowl. Take a moment to talk about the consistency. Slowly add small amounts of the liquid starch into the glue and mix. Go slow to make sure you get a nice slime like consistency. Talk about how the mixture in the bowl changes with more liquid starch present. Use action words and adjectives to explain what is happening and the way the slime looks/feels. If you prefer a recipe that does not contain glue or starch, another option that is a bit more time consuming can be found on Growing a Jeweled Rose.
Slime Olympic Games
If you have limited time and space, make slime ahead of time to do different slime time Olympic Games. Game suggestions could include:
- Flying High – Make balls of slime and see who can bounce the ball the highest on a table.
- Make This – Give each person the same amount of slime ahead of time and use word cards to see who can make the shape first.
- Guess What? – Everyone takes turns playing a version of slime charades. Card could be used based on goal words. Others in the group take turns guessing what is being made.
- Hide and Seek – Use the slime to hide different items within it. Ask kids to locate something inside that rhymes with a certain word, starts with a sound, or some other connection to their speech and language goals.
For children that may not be as competitive, create items together and share/model steps needed to follow along. Take turns while practicing sequence, informative language sills, and self confidence.
Do not let the slime time fun end during sessions. Share the fun and send it home using some small plastic containers from the dollar store. Be sure to send home directions for families to make more in case siblings may want their own. Include information about the process in additional languages to support multilingual families.
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