Thursday, September 27, 2012

Arts & Crafts Thursday: Silly Slime

Another A.C.T. from the talented ladies at My SweetArts.  I am excited to do this for our playgroup soon and it turns out that I will be doing something developmentally useful for the kids, too!
 
To shake things up for our students, we like to do some activities to really surprise and excite the little ones. Texture exploration is important for growing minds. Our little ones learn so much about the world around them via sensory input. Providing them with dynamic and fun activities, we provide our children opportunities to develop fine-motor dexterity, discover properties of different objects, and build language skills by encouraging young explorers to put words to the sensations they experience.

Slime is a crowd pleaser for kids of all ages (including the big people –“grownups”). The slime has a wet, cool, oozing texture, but leaves your hands clean. 
  
Supplies:
  • 1 1/2 Cup of warm water, divided into 2 cups
  • 1 Teaspoon of Borax (found in the laundry aisle in your local grocery store)
  • 1 4 oz Glue (Elmer’s or other school-type brand)
  • Whisk
  • Food coloring (try two batches of different colors to explore color mixing)
Recipe:

Please note that the key to success for this recipe is to measure precisely and mix well!

1.    Mix 1/2 cup of the warm water and 1 Teaspoon of Borax to fully dissolve the Borax.

2.    In a separate bowl, mix the 1 Cup of warm water, food coloring, and 4oz. of Glue. Mix very well so that glue is completely dissolved in the water.

3.    Add the dissolved Borax/Water mixture to the Glue/Water mixture in the bowl. Mix well with your whisk to fully combine the two mixtures. You will see the chemical reaction immediately.

4.    Take out the whisk and combine with your hands (the more you knead and mix, the firmer the slime will get)
5.    Play in a hard surface for easy clean up. Slime does stick to clothes and carpet. Be sure to have your kids play in something you don't mind getting messy.
*Since this recipe calls for manufactured glue, please be sure to keep an eye out for infants and young toddlers who put everything in their mouths.*

For some musical fun, try this fun, catchy original song from Michelle Schooff.

Slimy Slug
(sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)


Slimy slug, slimy slug, little slimy slug
See me slide, up and down
All around the town

Slimy slug, slimy slug, little slimy slug
Don't be scared, if I slide by
Or you will make me cry

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My SweetArts is a new kind of enrichment class that uniquely combines music and art/sensory exploration for infants, toddlers, and families. All classes are conveniently held at University Mall, Chapel Hill.

This Fall, My SweetArts has 8 classes to choose from!
You can choose an age-specific class or classes open to all ages.
 
Mondays
• Sweet Potatoes (2-3 year olds) @ 9:20 AM
• Sweet Berries (14 – 24 month olds) @ 10:45 AM
 
Wednesdays
• Sweet Mix (open to all ages, great for families) @ 9:20 AM
• Sweet Mix (open to all ages, great for families) @ 10:45 AM
 
Fridays
• Sweet Mix (open to all ages, great for families) @ 9:20 AM
• Sweet Peas (4 – 14 month olds) @ 10:45 AM - FULL
 
Saturdays
• Sweet Mix (open to all ages, great for families) @ 9:20 AM
• Sweet Mix (open to all ages, great for families) @ 10:45 AM

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