Invitation to Play. Simple Superhero Slime

Aug 3, 2016


Sensory Play is one of the few activities that I know will entertain my kids for quite a long period of time. The quicker and easier the set-up for me, the better. 

For today's activity, rather than make up some slime for my son to play with, I gave him the two basic ingredients, popped out a selection of his little superhero figurines and let him make it for himself. 
This not only means less work for me, but more importantly, it means that he is experimenting and learning a range of skills and concepts through experiencing for himself.



Materials:
  • Large bowl with Cornflour
  • Jug of Coloured Water
  • Plastic figurines
  • Spoon 

This is not an activity that you need to precisely measure out specific amounts of the ingredients in order to have success. Part of the experimenting and learning process is determining how much is needed to make the desired consistency of slime. If you want more of an exact type recipe, check out how we make our cornflour slime recipe and learn more about viscosity and the science behind this cool substance.
As we've made cornflour slime at our house before, I reminded my son that to make his slime, adding the water to the cornflour needed to be a gradual thing. Adding in all the water in one go might make it too liquid and I didn't have an unlimited amount of cornflour to fix it.
For children new to making slime, it's important that you either instruct them to add the water gradually, stirring the mixture between each new addition so that they are able to make it the desired consistency, or, you have a lot of cornflour (cornstarch) on hand so that they are able to add extra cornflour as needed if they overdo it with the water. This is all part of the learning process and a great time to talk and learn about solids and liquids.
 
Once your child is happy with their slime and they have reached the desired viscosity (which corresponds to "thickness" in liquids), it's time to add their superhero characters.
One of the awesome things that I love about sensory play (be it with slime, water, sand, playdough etc.) is that often the play ends up involving imaginary play and lots of dialogue, fabulous for creativity and language development.
And then there comes a time when they are done playing with the characters in the slime, but don't worry, the play is far from over! Now is the time to introduce a tub of clean water (can be warm water on cold days, perfect for dissolving the slime) so that the kids can clean up after themselves.
Turn it into a bit of a game with reluctant children by enthusiastically adding voices and dialogue. "Argh, Captain America is covered in the poisonous green lava! Who or what can save him now? SPLASH!!! Lucky there's this fresh water pond, perfect for neutralising the lava and dissolving it from his person"
Provide children with a little face washer to help them clean off their toys, and a clean tea towel or hand towel for them to pat their figurines dry, once clean. The younger the child, the more enthusiastic they will probably be about the clean-up part!


Handy Tips:

- Simplify this activity with younger kids by sticking close by so that you can aid your child with adding the water in gradually, stirring through all the flour and can talk with them about the process they are going through.

- Extend this activity for older children by having extra cornflour on hand, and allowing them to decide the quantities of each to mix. They can also add the colour to the water themselves. Some correction may be needed in order for them to reach the desired consistency, so encouraging them to keep both extra flour and water on the side to add as needed, is a good move. For a class, they can try writing up the directions of how they made their slime as well as recording any observations they make about it's characteristics. They can also research more about why cornflour slime acts the way it does and try some of the extra experiments here.

- This activity is great for practicing essential life skills such as controlled pouring, consistent mixing (getting everything stirred through evenly, keeping the mixture in the bowl), etc. Hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and concentration are required and these things get better and better with more practice and with time.

- Go easy with the food colouring or liquid watercolour that you use to colour your water with. A couple of drops is plenty if you'd prefer to colour the slime and not your hands.

- Activities like this are great for expanding vocabulary so be sure to use the appropriate language that goes along with this activity, such as, "consistency, thickness, fluidity, solid, liquid, viscosity, flow, etc."

Cleaning up. If you're really concerned about mess, try this activity outside or in a bathtub, otherwise, you will find that any little droplets that end up on the floor or table, dry out very quickly and can be easily swept or vacuumed up. We did ours on a covered table, on a tray, over a tiled floor and found there was very little to be cleaned up.

- You can keep your cornflour slime, covered in the fridge for a couple of days without it going bad. You may need to add some more water and give it a good stir to reinvigorate it!

- More fun sensory play recipes and ideas:

Happy playing,
Debs :)


Look where else we are. Are you following along? :)
New Here? Subscribe to get all activities sent directly to you
Enter your email address:


Delivered by FeedBurner


19 comments:

  1. This is really nice to read content of this toys Superhero. A is very extensive and vast knowledgeable platform has been given by this Superhero. Discount Vouchers Code UK

    ReplyDelete
  2. Taldeen Saudi Arabia. Taldeen is a plastic solutions company in Saudi Arabia. We will producing plastic pipes, water tanks, handing products such as plastic crates and plastic pallets. So, visit the website for more informations about taldeen plastic manufacturing company

    ReplyDelete
  3. Europa Educational Solutions Pvt Ltd is a Bangalore based educational sector firm. Europa Educations providing home tuition services in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi. Europa Educations provide teaching job opportunities in these location. Visit our website for more details
    Home Tuition Near Me – Home Tutor Near Me

    ReplyDelete
  4. Europa Educations : Europa Educations Providing one-to-one tuition services in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi. If you need home tuition service from us, you should contact or visit our website for book home tuition service. For booking click the following blue words
    Home Tuition Near Me – Home Tutor Near Me

    ReplyDelete
  5. Pjakam is a best website for food recipes and kerala style food report. If you need the tasty kerala food recipes and images, visit the pajakam website.
    Pajakam - Malayalam Cooking Recipes

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete

  7. his Grendel to slay, and once that was accomplished, he had to deal with Grendel's pissed-off mother.
    http://www.dreanpriatama.web.id/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Tripoker adalah tempat dimana anda bisa menemukan jenis permainan poker, domino QQ, ceme online, domino susun, omaha, dan super10 dengan bonus turnover yang akan dihitung harian dan mingguan.

    Untuk menikmati game-game yang telah tersedia dalam situs resmi Tripoker Indonesia, anda hanya perlu melakukan pendaftaran user id dan melakukan deposit minimal sebesar 25.000 rupiah melalui rekening bank yang telah kami sediakan.

    Namun bagi anda yang tidak memiliki rekening bank untuk melakukan deposit, Tripoker juga menyediakan pelayanan deposit dengan menggunakan pulsa (XL & Telkomsel) dan aplikasi pembayaran (OVO, Dana, LinkAja).

    Link Alternatif Tripoker
    IDNPlay Poker Uang Asli
    Daftar IDNPlay Poker
    Daftar Poker Idnplay via live chat
    cara login poker IDNPlay
    Deposit Poker
    tarik kredit IDNPlay
    Mobile IDNPlay Apk android
    Mobile IDNPlay Apk ios
    Install Aplikasi IDN Poker
    live chat poker idnplay
    Deposit poker idnplay pakai pulsa telkomsel dan xl
    Cara Deposit Poker Pakai Pulsa

    ReplyDelete
  9. Taldeen is one of the reputed plastic manufacturing company in Saudi Arabia. They are manufacturing plastic products and categorizes into four different categories. Pipes solutions, handling solutions, water and general plastic solutions and agricultural solutions

    ReplyDelete
  10. Christian College Bangalore provides BCA With Cloud Computing Course. Check out the details of the course BCA Cloud Computing of Christian College Bangalore. Visit with below clickable text.
    Bca Cloud Computing

    ReplyDelete

  11. Thanks for sharing this amazing article, it is very informative post good work keep it up.
    dealmecoupon

    ReplyDelete
  12. BBA Aviation is one of the best Management Course in recent times. You can click the below link for more information about BBA Aviation of the Christian College, Bangalore. If you are looking to study BBA Aviation in Bangalore. It is the best option. We have best facility in the same field.
    BBA Aviation colleges in Bangalore
    BBA in Aviation colleges in Bangalore

    ReplyDelete
  13. BBA Aviation is one of the best Management Course in recent times. You can click the below link for more information about BBA Aviation of the Christian College, Bangalore. If you are looking to study BBA Aviation in Bangalore. It is the best option. We have best facility in the same field.
    BBA Aviation colleges in Bangalore
    BBA in Aviation colleges in Bangalore

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to comment! I love reading them all.