Fun with Slime for Therapy!

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making slimeSlime is really popular with kids right now. Craft stores and more have displays set up all about creating slime of different colors, textures, and more.  The best part about slime is that it is extremely easy to make with kids during a session. Slime is flexible and can be made inside or outside with little or no space required.

There are many different slime recipes available online these days. Be careful and avoid ones which include borax, because it can cause irritation with the skin. The easiest slime to make requires two easy to find ingredients. All you need is glue (white or any of the gel squeeze bottles) and a bottle of liquid starch. Liquid starch is often located in supermarkets with the laundry products. The only other items you will need to make a simple slime are a container to mix it in and something to do the mixing. Other options to add into the slime include food coloring, glitter, and other similar items for interest.

Tot Treasures has a good slime recipe using glue and liquid starch. Go slow when adding the liquid starch, because you may not need as much as the recipe requires. If it is too soupy, just add more glue and mix again until you have the perfect slime consistency. Get the kids involved in the process. Let them get their hands in the slime to help and determine if it is done. Talk through the process. What happens when the liquid starch is added? How does this change how the glue feels? This is a great activity for kids to work on their hand muscles during occupational therapy.

The best part of slime is it can be used in a wide variety of groups. Once made, the slime can be the topic of a conversation for speech and language. You can make up a game to use the slime with running, skipping, hopping, or other gross motor activities. Hiding things into the slime makes a fun way to work on fine motor skills. Slime is also perfect to help kids relax and ease their anxieties. Keeping slime in a container as a stress reliever is another option.

When you are done using the slime in sessions, allow the kids to take it home in small airtight containers. The slime will last for quite a while and be great for them to share at home. Send home a recipe to share with families because other members may want slime of their own. Be sure to include instructions in additional languages for those who are multilingual and may need it.

 

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