Like many toddlers, one of my daughter’s most favorite ways to play is by getting messy. Finger paint, play dough, bubbles, and basically any activity involving water are in constant rotation. I do my very best to find interesting and educational activities for my little one, but sometimes I just hit a wall. Kind of like writer’s block for moms, its when you just can’t come up with any new ideas that keep your toddler engaged. Not to mention, you’re just downright sick and tired of cleaning up your kitchen table, floors and everything in a 20 foot radius from the waist down.
This is when we rely on the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for inspiration. They have awesome program coordinators on staff that come up with brilliant activities daily for kids of all ages using the latest research in early childhood development.
In addition to the museum’s featured exhibits, your little one can participate in a super cute seasonal craft, open paint time, and sensory play activities offered each month.
We especially love the Imagination Laboratory because they offer a unique, messy learning activity each time we visit the museum. This past week we enjoyed playing with Monster Slime so much that we just had to ask for the recipe. Since the GRCM is so passionate about encouraging messy play, they so kindly shared their Monster Slime recipe with us to pass along to you!
Here’s how to make your own Monster Slime for Sensory Play at home:
What you need (to make a large quantity, at least 1/2 gallon):
- 1 large container (a dish tub or bucket will work well)
- 12 cups of warm water
- 1/3 cup borax
- 1 medium container (a pitcher-type container will work well)
- 6 cups of clear glue
- 6 cups of water
- Tempura or watercolor paint of your choice (colors and amount optional)
- Glitter (optional)
- Mixing spoon
- Large, but shallow container for playing with the slime in (storage tupperware work well, or you could use a large cake pan and play with small batches)
- Googly eyes + scooper tools + small cups for playing with the slime
Step 1 – Make the borax mixture in the large container.
In the large container, mix in the 12 cups of warm water with 1/3 cup of borax.
Step 2 – Make the water solution in the medium container.
In the medium container, mix in the 6 cups of clear glue + 6 cups of water + any paint or glitter desired.
Step 3- Combine the borax mixture and the water solution to make the slime.
In the large container, slowly stir in the water solution. If needed, add in more glitter or paint to achieve the desired coloring. Add in the googly eyes. Let sit for a few minutes.
Step 4 – Transfer the slime to the play table/container.
Transfer the finished slime into whatever vessel your child will be playing with it in. Add the scooping tools + cups and get messy!
Make your own concoctions with whatever fun materials you have lying around.
Experiment with different scooping tools and added materials for a new experience each time! For example, try using dump trucks to scoop up the slime for an interesting twist.
For printable instructions, a small batch recipe and storing instructions take a look at their messy recipes tutorial here.
Looking for other exciting recipes from the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum? Click here for more of their Play at Home ideas. We definitely suggest trying out each one of their Messy Recipes.
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