Be warned: soapy slime is serious fun - for the young and 'more mature' alike!
We made the soapy slime out of soap shavings created from the soap carvings which we undertook a few days earlier.
To engage in soapy slime play, follow a few simple steps:
Step One: Make the Slime
Add water to soap shavings and letting them soak for a few days. The shavings will be transformed into irresistible soapy slime that makes a perfect sensory or messy play activity.
Note: We made the soap shavings by cutting up a block of soap but you could also just use soap flakes found in the laundry section of your supermarket.
Step Two: Add Food Colouring
Hooray for food colouring (which gets a good work out in our house). It creates a wonderfully coloured batch of slime.
The good news is that the soapy slime prevents the food colouring from staining little hands.
Note: ensure the soap is kept away from children's eyes as it would definitely sting.
Step Three: Invite a Friend to Play
... even one wearing protective gloves. Why was he wearing a glove? Hmmm ... we're still not sure of the answer but apparently it felt wonderful in the slime.
Step Four: Play
Playing with this soapy slime is irresistible.
It was really hard to take photos of this activity because I kept putting my hands in the soapy slime and had to keep running to the tap to wash off before picking up the camera. It was worth it though.
Step Five: Be Creative
Add play equipment as required or requested.
The glove (previously mentioned) ended up being filled with soapy slime which took the whole activity to a new level.
This is one activity that I ... oops ... um ... the boys ... will be eager to play with again.
What is your favourite sensory activity to engage in with children?
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