Kids needs sensory play! As messy as slime can be...and as much as I hate the idea of it getting into my carpet...I gave in and made it with my kids yesterday. I know I have spoken before about how following a recipe can teach so much to kids (capacity, the properties of solids and liquids, measurement, fractions and procedural writing.) Slime is an interesting material because it is neither a solid or a liquid. Slime is a non-Newtonian fluid. A non-Newtonian fluid is neither a liquid or a solid. It can be picked up like a solid, but it also will ooze like a liquid. To find out more about the science of slime visit:
To get my kids to write the recipe, I break it up a bit. I let them know that if they have their recipe they can make it all by themselves one day. I am also a bit cheeky and hand over each ingredient once they have written it down. This makes the writing activity more physical and gives them even more incentive to write.
I hope you have fun making slime! Watch your carpets :)
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.