Slime is a trendy craft and sensory tool right now. For kids with tactile defensiveness or general aversions to textures and getting messy, slime can be a fun way to develop a tolerance to new tactile experiences.
To learn more, check out my article about tactile defensiveness and why slime is a great tool for handling it.
How to Introduce Slime to Your Child
It’s important to take your child’s lead when introducing them to slime. Especially for children with strong aversions to tactile experiences, allow them to interact with the slime at their own pace. For some, this may mean simply looking at it the first couple of times and even touching it for a while. Despite the patience needed, it’s easier to move slowly towards a new tactile experience than moving too quickly and needing to do damage control following a negative experience. Appreciate every step forward and try not to push it.
How Do I Make Slime?
When it comes to homemade slime recipes, the sky’s the limit. There are slime recipes for every holiday, season, theme, and interest. There are even recipes for edible slime for the sweet tooths and culinary inclined.
Given the wealth of slime recipes out in cyberspace, I’ve compiled my favorites to give you my ultimate list of my favorite slime recipes. Give some of them a try and let us know how they go!
This is your standard, no frills slime. Don’t worry, if you’re not a fan of glue or borax, there are a number of recipes here that don’t use them.
Edible Marshmallow Slime
Want slime you can eat? Check out this marshmallow birthday cake slime.
Slime Sam in a Bottle
Obviously, slime isn’t jsut a toy, it’s a friend. Meet Slime Sam!
No Glue Slime
While most of these recipes are sans glue, here’s a collection of glue free slime recipes that will still leave your slime slimy.
Because life is more fun in technicolor!
Naturally, anything with glitter is the best. And will get all over your house.
Add a new sheen to your slime with clear slime.
All of these slime recipes are great. But, sometimes it just doesn’t work out or your slime gets all old and rock-hard. There needs to be a way to make slime slimier again!
Well, you’re in luck because I’ve written an entire post about bringing old slime back to life. Check it out at the link below:
Diana is a registered occupational therapist who specializes in sensory processing disorders and autism.