21 super cool things kids can make with liquid soap

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You don"t need khổng lồ source numerous materials và follow complicated directions khổng lồ make my 5 Easy Slime Recipes! I believe strongly as both a parent and early childhood educator that children should be offered access regularly khổng lồ sensory play opportunities from a young age & fun with slime is an excellent example! Sensory play obviously doesn"t always need khổng lồ include messy play but it"s certainly a bonus & can help with sensory processing as they grow – along with many other important learning và developmental outcomes.

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But isn"t slime too dangerous for baby and toddler?

I get asked this a lot – along with many of the other sensory activities I share and my answer is always the same NO! As long as you use safe/edible materials và supervise (as you always should with this age anyway!)Don"t leave babies & toddlers out of the fun and learning opportunities just because they require closer supervision around this type of play!

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I know that many educators và parents worry about exposing babies và young toddlers to lớn messy sensory materials but there are lots of simple & safe ways khổng lồ begin introducing a sensory experience like slime & it certainly doesn"t need lớn take a long time khổng lồ make or setup! You also don"t need to worry about using those ingredients like glue, starch and borax which I bởi not recommend using around younger children – especially under 12 months when they are still tasting everything!

I"ve collected 5 of my absolute favourite DIY slime recipes in this post for you to lớn try – these are the ones I have used over many years with my own children và also while working with babies & toddlers in both early learning centre and Family Day Care environments. They only require a few basic ingredients and the children can usually join in the process of making the slime as well.

Older children will enjoy the processes of measuring, mixing, pouring, whisking and kneading and you can go into greater detail about the scientific processes taking place. If you are making slime with a multi age group the babies và toddlers will often watch how the older children are playing and then try khổng lồ replicate or explore in their own way.

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PLEASE note : Although I define these recipes as safe for use around young children there is always still a need for common sense và close supervision when offering these type of experiences to lớn younger children – some are obviously better suited khổng lồ toddlers who aren"t at the mouthing stage but you know the developmental stages & capacities of your children the best so please modify according to individual needs.

We all know that children will wipe eyes with messy hands or try lớn sneak a taste chạy thử so just keep this in mind. There is some minor risk  but the benefits of this type of play far outweigh those risks in my opinion – especially if you are using the recipes below rather than the current popular options made with materials like Borax, starch và PVA glue which I prefer not to lớn use around young children. Và even better… you will be saving money too!

What defines a slime recipe?

All 5 recipes I am sharing below create different versions of a sensory slime but I don"t have a phối definition or essential element for ‘slime" when it comes lớn play. Khổng lồ me it can mean a substance that is slimy, stretchy, slippery, moist, squishy, sticky, firm, soft, sometimes mouldable, thick, thin – but basically a substance that resists normal flow and behaves differently to lớn a liquid sensory material. Scientifically speaking, slime is a polymer made up of string-like molecules & this can be fascinating khổng lồ explore and investigate with older children – especially school age.

Some of the slime recipes contain all of these elements, some only 1 or 2…but they are all lots of fun for exploring with the senses, investigating and experimenting through play.

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1. Soapy Slippery Slime

Recommended for ages – 9 months upward

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What you will need..

3 cups lux flakes(or any pure soap grated)Around 2.5 litres of warm to hot water (you may need more or less )Glitter if you want khổng lồ make sparkly slimeEdicol dyes or food colouring if you want khổng lồ make coloured soap slime.Whisks or egg beaters khổng lồ mix it together and froth upLarge tub or bucket for mixing

What to vày next…

Add lux flakes (or grated soap bars) to your bucket. If you plan to lớn use the container you mix in as a sensory play tray then I suggest using a shallower tub so more children can access the slime at once – the water trough works well. I usually like to tip some out onto a table so they can really have fun exploring và making it a whole toàn thân experience if they want to! A large shallow tray placed flat on the grass or floor works well for the younger children – especially if not confident standing and walking yet.When you have your soap in the bucket or tub you want lớn use carefully địa chỉ cửa hàng the hot water (use only warm if doing this part with the children).Mix together using the whisks or beater and then I lượt thích to leave overnight or at least for a few hours as the mix will go beautifully thick và this way you can tell if you need to showroom more water or more flakes lớn get the consistency you desire.Add edicol vegetable dyes or food colouring if you want at this stage or just keep white.Because it is a soap base it washes off easily when time lớn clean up and will keep in a covered container for quite a while if you keep it relatively không tính phí of other matter! Edicol dyes wash out of clothes easily so I use them a lot with messy play activities.

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Simple Suggestions for Play

Now it’s time khổng lồ experiment và extend the fun!

Add some easy khổng lồ grasp materials like blocks or items from the kitchen door for children to lớn use as tools for moving the slime around (a good way to ease those that don"t like messy hands into the sensory experience)Collect some natural resources from around the yard together and ‘stick" into the soapy slime for toddlers to lớn pull out.Add balls of different sizes to lớn the slime tray or tub for rolling & making patterns with. địa chỉ spoons to lớn turn into a scooping game.Add dolls and dolly clothes along with a tub of water & use the soap slime lớn shampoo dolly"s hair và wash clothes. Make sure khổng lồ rinse & provide pegs and a low line so they can hang up their washing to dry.Add glitter to lớn make sparkly slime.Simply spread out on a table và invite those little fingers to lớn get busy squelching, pouring, fingerpainting, cooking, drawing patterns & so much more.

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It is a wonderful sensory experience and I dare you not to lớn want lớn put your own hands in there too – a lovely bít tất tay buster for anxious children (or stressed educators!) It also smells beautiful. Because it is soap based vày watch the possibility of getting in the eyes. Speaking from my own experiences using this over the years I have never had a child complain about it hurting their eyes but I know some may find it stings like any soap in the eye can.

2. Squishy Foamy Slime

Recommended for ages – 6 months upward.

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What you will need..

4 Cups Water plus a tablespoon or two of hot water.2 big squirts of dishwashing liquid (you can leave this out if concerned about using it with younger babies – it still works just not as frothy)4 spoons edible gelatin powder (You could also use the sachets)Whisks and spoonsLarge bowl or container – I just used an old 4 litre ice cream tubEdicol dye if you want to colour your slime (optional)

To be honest, I very rarely measure with this one – you can make more or less you just need to lớn experiment a little to lớn get the consistency you are happy with – sometimes I địa chỉ more gelatin than this or a little more dishwashing liquid. You don"t need to lớn be too precise, the fun is in the experimentation process anyway!

What to vì chưng next…

Add gelatin powder lớn your dry container. Mix lớn a paste using the warm water.Pour in your cold water then dishwash liquid.Pass the spoons và whisks around and get mixing!You will soon notice it begin to froth & bubble – keep whisking for a few minutes more.Now leave to sit for an hour or so – you can play with it straight away it just won"t be as frothy or thick as it will if you leave it phối for a little bit. If you come back và it has thickened too much for your play just địa chỉ cửa hàng some water & mix again.

Tip onto a tray or into a few bowls and let the messy fun begin! You might also lượt thích to try some of the ideas below.

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Simple Suggestions for Play

Now it’s time lớn experiment và extend the fun!

Collect all the bikes & cars to setup a large carwash station using the foamy slime và big sponges lớn wash. Hose everyone off afterwards – lots of fun on a hot day.Fill a shallow tub with balls of all sizes and the slime – encourage bubs and toddlers khổng lồ find the balls & then put in egg cartons or muffin tins – I pass out tongs for the older children khổng lồ challenge them a little more.Add a bowl of plastic syringes or eyedroppers for older children khổng lồ practice drawing up the slime then squirting it out.Add farm animals khổng lồ the slime bath then wash them clean in a water tray.Provide a basket of plastic cups, jugs and spoons for children khổng lồ fill with frothy concoctions. I have set up a ‘coffee shop" dramatic play area outdoors before(for 2 years up) using this frothy slime.Give the dolls a bubble bath!

3. Stretchy Slime

Recommended for ages – 9 months upward.

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What you will need..

This is the best part of this recipe . You only need to buy one ingredient – the other is water!

1 Tablespoon of natural fibre supplement – I used the Metamucil brand simply purchased from my local supermarket.

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NOTE: Make sure whatever supplement you use contains psyllium husks . I purchased the ‘natural’ version as I wanted to be able to showroom my own colours – you can buy the orange Metamucil though if you are happy for your slime lớn be orange or you don’t have any colouring to use.1 large microwave safe bowl – believe me larger is better, don’t be misled by the ingredients!Wooden Spoon & Whisk for mixing

What to vì chưng next…

The ingredients above make the amount of slime you see in the red slime picture below . I made a few extra batches after the first trial run. I’d caution against trying lớn double the recipe as even this small amount easily bubbles over the bowl when making it in the microwave – worth taking a little extra time to make batches separately.

Add your tbsp of Metamucil to lớn your bowlAdd a few drops of colour or 1/4 teaspoon of edicol dye if you want colour slimePour in your water & whisk wellMicrowave for roughly 5 minutes – all microwaves will vary so you will need to lớn stay & watch – do NOT walk away. Mở cửa after 3 minutes & give it all a good stir. It will begin to lớn thicken quickly and this is a fascinating science activity to lớn show the children if they can see safely into your microwave.You will see the mixture begin lớn froth và bubble – if it looks as though it will overflow just mở cửa the door for a minute, give quick stir and then keep going.You will know when it is ready as it begins to pull away from the side of your bowl and forms a lump rather than covering the bottom of the bowl.Carefully pour onto a tray or board to cool down. Mine seemed to lớn firm up a little as well after resting . It will be very hot so please be careful transferring from bowl.

By watching carefully as it cooks & taking your bowl out to kiểm tra you can actually make 2 different slimes – 1 a little more sticky and sort of runny and the other a firmer rubbery gel which is perfect for stretching (and better for those children who dislike messy, sticky hands) I ended up making 2 batches of each version.

For a stickier slime – showroom a little more water and a little less microwave time

For a firmer, blubbery type slime – Microwave for suggested time and add a little more powder to the recipe if you need lớn after you try your first batch.

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Simple Suggestions for Play

Now it’s time lớn experiment và extend the fun!

Add a basket of leaves & twigs for older toddlers lớn stick into their slime.Add scissors for 3 years up và watch as they try to lớn cut through the stretchy slime khổng lồ make smaller pieces. Provide blunt butter knives as another way lớn strengthen and explore cutting skills.For babies địa chỉ balls of the slime to a tray placed on the ground so they can reach, grasp & squish. Adding khổng lồ a fruit net bag and tying the kết thúc is also lots of sensory fun as the slime squirts through the holes as they grasp and release.Provide cookie cutters lớn make & cut out shapes from the slime.Have a ‘who can stretch their slime out the most" competition.Collect flowers together and use the slime pushed into recycled lids as a base to lớn create florist arrangements.Make imprints using magnetic letters, cotton reels, seed pods, pine cones & other loose parts.

4. Quick Slime

Recommended for ages – 6 months upward.

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What you will need..

The material used to make this quick slime has been one of my absolute favourites since way back when I started in the early childhood profession – it has so many uses but this time I"m going to lớn show you how to make a very simple slime with plain old Cellmix (available in most craft và educational supply stores and it lasts for ages!!) Cellmix or mix a Paste is basically just a non toxic powdered glue & when water is added it makes a thick paste – I also địa chỉ edicol dyes as a quick, easy & budget friendly paint. However – if you địa chỉ cửa hàng a little more of the powder than you would normally use just for paste or paint and leave sit for a little longer you end up with a wonderful slippery slime!

You really don"t need precise measurements for this one – I don"t think I have ever measured the powder out, it"s all about trial và error & how much you want to make. But you can start with these measurements & modify from there for a large tub.

60-80 grams Cellmix/paste powder4 – 6 litres of cold waterLarge tub, deep tray or bucket for mixingEdicol dye to colour (optional)Whisks

What to bởi vì next…

Add water to lớn the large container or deep tray you are going to lớn use for the slime play.Sprinkle the powder across đứng top of water và whisk or stir for around 2 minutes (the kids love doing this part so hand out those whisks!)Sprinkle a little edicol dye & mix in if you want coloured slime or leave out for natural.Leave for 30 minutes (often you only need 10 but it will be a little slimier if you wait longer!) .If you want your slime a little thicker just sprinkle more Cellmix in & stir again.If it ends up khổng lồ thick for your liking just add more water and whisk – simple!You want it a little thicker than wallpaper past or paper mache paste consistency but thin enough that children can still move it around easily. Don"t be concerned if you get lumpy bits – I always do, they dissolve as time goes on but I just leave them as they địa chỉ cửa hàng to the sensory fun!

The slimy, gooey texture is fantastic for fingerpainting and mark making – especially if used on a table or tray surface. I love that it doesn"t stain, is non toxic and you don"t need much powder so it"s pretty inexpensive!

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Simple Suggestions for Play

Now it’s time lớn experiment and extend the fun!

Cut up different sized & coloured kitchen sponges and scourers và encourage children to squish, create patterns và paint with the slime. If you have children who don"t lượt thích messy hands just đoạn clip a peg lớn the sponges so they aren"t touching the slime yet.Add flowers và other natural materials to lớn press into the slime.Provide muffin trays, spoons, cups and other real kitchen items for children lớn use & explore with the slime.Use empty spice jars filled with glitter to lớn shake onto the table và create glittery slime.Add some favourite figurines và cars for children lớn create their own small world playPour into a few different trays placed on the grass & help older babies & toddlers walk through the slime or go stomping in slimy puddles!Add potato mashers khổng lồ stamp patterns in the slime trays

5. Squishy Sago Slime

Recommended for ages – 9 months upward.

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What you will need..

1 packet of sago or tapioca balls (found in dessert section of supermarket).Jug of tepid water.Bowls, spoons, kitchen tools, trays, xuất hiện ended materials of your choice.Edicol powder dyes (optional).2 tablespoons cellmix/paste powder and a few cups of cold water.

What to vày next…

This slime recipe is best prepped the night before so the balls have time to lớn draw in the moisture, soften và swell.

I created this slime recipe after using the sago as a safe sensory alternative to lớn water beads with younger children (Water beads are quite the choking hazard!) With the addition of a little cellmix it turned into a wonderful bumpy, mouldable slime.

Pour the packet of sago into a large bowl & pour in enough tepid water khổng lồ just cover the sago balls – you don"t want lớn much water.Leave on the bench to soak in the water overnight. The balls absorb the water, become nearly translucent & swell (so make sure you use a large bowl!)If you want lớn create different colours for your sago slime separate into a few smaller bowls now & sprinkle a little edicol dye into each bowl. Phối well – this is a wonderful colour mixing & naming activity for the children khổng lồ take part in so try và involve them in the preparation process if you can. If you would prefer not to showroom colour it will make no difference whatsoever – the real learning outcome of this activity is the opportunity for sensory exploration.Now mix up a few cups of water with the cellmix powder & you have some slippery gel to địa chỉ to your rainbow ‘beads" I lượt thích to pass out the spoons và let the children địa chỉ cửa hàng their own paste then mix. This way they can decide what consistency & texture they want to lớn play with. You will probably find the spoons get left behind pretty quickly as they can"t resist getting those hands in there lớn start squishing & kneading! The cellmix helps the balls clump together and become mouldable yet still soft.For younger children và babies you can help bởi this step with them of course and I usually make it a little firmer rather than too slippery so they can grasp and manipulate easier.As they địa chỉ more và more gel to the balls the set will become stickier & provide much amusement as the beads begin to lớn stick lớn hair and hands. Make sure khổng lồ have a bucket of water và a few cloths close by for those that need to lớn rinse off their hands regularly.

Simple Suggestions for Play

Now it’s time lớn experiment và extend the fun!

Provide lots of cooking tools & real equipment for role play funJelly moulds or small teacups make excellent little hills when packed firmly with the sago slime then turned upside down.Press paper on đứng đầu of the sago slime to make patterns you can keep.Add a little bowl of cornflour (cornstarch) lớn the table for children to sprinkle onto the slime if it is becoming to lớn sticky for play.Place a small amount of the slime in a large ziplock bag, seal then showroom duct tape to double seal. Place where baby can press with feet or hands and feel the small sago beads.Give baby a mini muffin tray with different colours of the slime in the holes. Let them poke và investigate…then tip out và scoop back in.Use sticks to draw patterns in the slime or lớn mix & lift.

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A word of caution…my children are very used to sensory activities lượt thích this as we have been doing them regularly since they were babies but if you have a child who is sensitive khổng lồ material on their hands just keep a bucket of water & cloth close by so they can wash their hands at regular intervals. Never force a sensitive child to engage in these type of activities but don’t stop exposing them either as one day they might just surprise you & it is important that they have the choice và can regularly see others playing safely in this way so make sure you get your hands sticky & messy too!

Use some of the suggestions I have made lượt thích pegs for handles or sticks và kitchen tools lớn provide a barrier between touching the slime but still exposing them lớn the play và sensory opportunities. With regular exposure they will rely on the tools less and less.

What slime recipe will you start with?

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