Time to Make Slime as a Speech Therapy Teaching Tool
Children adore making things not only that they can eat, but that they can use. While baking during a short therapy time may not be possible, making something else certainly can be done. Why not think outside of the box and make some slime for summer time fun. Slime can be made inside a classroom, or outside at a picnic table.
Recipe for Slime
There are a lot of different slime recipes available. One of the easiest to make simply requires glue, liquid starch, and mixing bowls. If you want to color it, food coloring and/or glitter can also be added. Tot Treasures shares the recipe that has been tested often. Both clear glue and white glue work wonderfully and add the liquid starch in slowly because you make not need the exact amount. If you add too much starch, have extra glue handy to try to get the consistency back to the way you need it.
Children can definitely help make the slime. While mixing the ingredients together, use descriptive words to talk about what is happening. Ask the kids to feel how the mixture changes as they add in the liquid starch. Use action words about what you are doing, descriptors about the way it looks/feels, and toss in other speech goals that may work well with the individuals you are with.
I Spy in the Slime
Slime is also great to hide items within it. If you decide not to make it with children, but want to use it as a hands-on learning tool, here are some ways to incorporate it within a speech language lesson – bonus fine motor activity! If you have small objects from sounds that you are working on, you can work them into the slime. Then, as they are located, the word can be said and used into a sentence. You can also use coins, buttons, mini letters, sequins, and beads for this purpose. Each time the child is looking for something, you can have them repeat a key phrase that works on one of their goals. The repetition and fun will make them eager to keep going to see what else is hidden within the slime.
More Slime Time Possibilities
Once made the slime is able to bounce. It could be used to bounce to sounds, count syllables when saying words, or help to bounce on a group of cards when playing a game. Think outside of the box on how to incorporate this into previous plans to make something a bit more interactive or fresh. The slime also is great for creating different shapes. You could take turns in a group creating something with the slime (like a snake, letter, or shape) and modeling the steps needed for everyone to do this. This practices sequences, informative language skills, and building confidence
When finished using the slime in therapy, think about getting small plastic containers at a dollar store to send home. The slime typically lasts well and can be used for a while. Also be sure to send home a recipe for families to be able to make more. Do not forget to include instructions in additional languages for families that may need it. It is always important to think about your multilingual learners and assist them with ideas.