I am not 100% sure why but for whatever reason children really love making slime. They love playing with slime. They love smelling slime. Touching slime. Putting it on things Throwing it. Anything to do with slime, for some reason children really just love it.
It is just the way children are. Personally, I still like slime myself. But nowadays it’s more prevalent than it was when I was a child. I would think that this it is the same with many parents. It can get messy and frustrating but slime is probably the best texture teaching utility you can have.
Kinetic sand is probably a close second in my opinion. There is other things you can do as well for example you can use slime.
For example you can use slime to demonstrate the differences in mass liquids and mass various types of mass that are squishy, slimy or solid. There are literally all kinds of slime so you can use to demonstrate the differences for children.
Personally, I enjoy showing my children how slime reacts to the different textures. The way slime either accentuates the texture or absorbs into it is really fun for them. We try not to play with slime absorbing in the house too much because it is difficult to get out of furniture.
But kids just love this stuff and to be honest it kind of never really grows old. If ask my children, slime is one of the most amazing inventions of all time.
For the record, I have found that Fluffy Slime (pictured below) is a lot more watery, slimy and difficult to clean. From an aftermath perspective, although the bucket is often going for a good price at Walmart this slime is not an in home favorite.
There is even a World Slime Convention where everyone gathers together to celebrate how fun and fantastic slime is.
I like to find various slime making recipes to use in conjunction with teaching lessons. Below is a recipe I picked up during the recent Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration STEM event at the local auditorium here in Hawaii. The event featured may different types of educational projects and activities that my children really enjoyed.
There are a few basic ingredients you need to apply have in order to make slime. This is one of the most popular and simple to make recipes of many out there.
This recipe was used so efficiently at the event. Basically kids were allowed to make slime on the fly within as little as 3 to 8 minutes. They were able to add colors and make it more thick or more slimy or whatever viscosity they desired.
To each their own, which ever you or the preference of your child is okay. We prefer a more thick slime in our home only because the watery slime tends to slip in the cracks and crevasses of our furniture and every other possible nook and cranny in our home.
I did not know what slime what made up of, so I looked around to find out. In searching I found this great PDF breaking down the Science of Slime. Here is the document as well as a link to the site where I found it:
One of the most frustrating things about slime is the cleanup. If you are not making thicker almost plato textured slime, be ready for the cleanup aftermath. With my strategy of making thicker slime in our home, it just makes for a much easier cleanup process.
If you would like a simple to make fluffy slime recipe, give this one a try:
1 Cup of Elmers Glue
3 Cups of shaving cream
5 or more tbsp contact solution
Food coloring as desired
Whichever type of slime you choose to make is okay. Either way, can be a pretty awesome for fun and teaching give it a try and see how you like.