Friday, 21 March 2014

Slime

Yesterday the children were talking about slime a great deal, after the last TV programme of "Labyrint" for the season... the programme has been talked about by one or two children recently, but not like this... and Ellen did not know anything about the programme on the Swedish TV channel... so we checked it out on the computer... and watched the last show together... the slime being the manin interest for the children...

So today we had slime available for the children to explore...

I just mixed a few spoonfuls of fiberhusk (powdered Psyllium seed husk - which can be found in the gluten-free baking section of a supermarket) with water and some food colouring... I felt I used too much food colouring as it did stain hands for a little while.
The mix thickens up in no time - and it is a case of experimenting and making it as thick and gloopy as you want or thinner by adding more water... I made it quite thick as the process of mixing in more water is so much fun for the children.

I also added some glitter after a while to add to the effect... and sensory experience. I would also recommend doing this near a sink where the children can wash their hands as it is messy... and some of the children did like to wash their hands on a regular basis and then return to the slime...

You can heat this in the microwave for a more flubber like consistency... but this gloopy slime was quick and easy and worked brilliantly... and with it being natural (except for when I added the glitter) you know it is safe if it is ingested... but it doesn't test that good, but it doesn't taste bad either...

I had placed the box on top of one of our mini-homemade sensory tables... putting submersible tea lights in the box part of the sensory table... this created a kind of little light table, perfect for exploring the slime. With the tealights being submersible I did not have to worrry about them getting wet.

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