This month’s sensory dough is slime and most slimes out there are made with borax, which from what I’ve been told is a pretty abrasive detergent. So I searched to find a slime recipe that did not have any borax and that’s how I found Fun at Home with Kids’ recipe made with a bio-degradable detergent and decided to make that one. Now we had a bit of a hard time finding the detergent, we ended up taking the regular one, where her recipe calls for the 2x concentrated version, but it still worked, we just had to put about 5 tablespoons of detergent compared to what she mentions in her post.
We also added food coloring and, well, glitter, of course. LOTS of glitter!
At first it was kind of like oobleck, since we had added the detergent gradually. I was pretty surprised by Nico and his willingness to actually put his hands in there, he thought it was fun, again I was surprised. Now if you have known our blog for a while, you might remember posts where I say that he refused to put his hands into something or wanted to have his hands washed right away and all that kind of stuff. But it seems that keeping to do different sensory doughs and making him putting his hands into some of the food we make (where it is required, of course), he seems to be growing out of his “eew, I don’t want to touch that” phase.
He first explored it with almost his whole body, so glad he didn’t think of trying it on his head! LOL The next day he also put it down and laid his belly on it. Didn’t get a photo in time, I had to help get it out of his belly button, oops!
He traced faces, stretched it and made imprints in it. He thought it was cool to watched the faces and imprints disappear and the slime become a smooth surface again.
He also cut it and made some yummy blue sundaes! He also stretched it again using a tool to go higher.
In the end it turned out alright, he loved it and still plays with it almost daily! He just loves putting it all over his body, which is not too good for the clothes…
Update (Aug. 16, 2014): We made a second batch of slime today as we gave our first one to a friend. We figured put the color in, mix with detergent and add glue should work too, nope it doesn’t! We are letting that one dry to see what we get. So we did a 3rd batch, glue first, food coloring then the detergent, gradually a spoon at a time. This time it worked, phew!
Also keep away from clothes, it does get out in the wash, but I don’t know how much the washer can handle, it’s glue after all.
The participating blogs are: Lemon Lime Adventure~Look! We’re Learning!~Glittering Muffins~Still Playing School~Little Bins for Little Hands~Natural Beach Living~The Eyes of a Boy~Powerful Mothering~Wildflower Ramblings~I Heart Crafty Things~Delightful Learning~The Life of Jennifer Dawn.
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