This activity was FUN, REALLY FUN!! Kids love to get messy, it comes with being a kid as they explore their natural curiosity about the world around them. Messy-sensory play provides so many opportunities for learning, development and growth. Soapy Slime is a great mixture to encourage and promote this messy play with kids. How to make Soapy Slime?
We have made Soapy Slime before which was around Christmas time last year and we pretended it was imitation snow. You can read more about this activity here: Sensory Play with Fluffy Christmas Snow.
This time we made two different colours, yellow and red with the intention of creating a new colour, orange when we mixed the two colours together.
To make Soapy Slime you will need 1 cup of Soap Flakes, 3 cups warm water, food colouring, large mixing bowl, large container or tray and an electric beater. You can find soap flakes at your local supermarket in the washing powder isle.
As you beat the water, food colouring and soap flakes the mixture multiples, so I placed the large bowl on top of our container to catch the over flow.
We had scoops and funnels to play with the soapy slime but the kids seemed to prefer their hands. I never mentioned anything about the two different colours mixing together, I left this for them to discover and they did in time as the two colours became one giant blob of orange soapy slime.
Sensory play with soapy slime is a great opportunity for kids to explore and use descriptive words. Words to describe what they are experiencing, their senses and what they were feeling; slippery, slimy, soft, squishy and heavy and what it smells like.
WHY MESSY-SENSORY PLAY IS IMPORTANT?
Messy play is important for young children, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. All types of play are essential for children’s development and early learning. Play helps children to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and concentration. Also how to work co-operatively and collaboratively, use all their senses to discover and explore their environment, and develop their imagination, creative thinking and ability to problem solve and experiment with solutions.
Tips to consider and don’t stress the mess:
This activity looks very messy, well that is because IT IS! This can be understandably overwhelming for some parents but clean-up is quite easy if you plan ahead. Take the activity outdoors in a large tub, that way when finished playing all you need to do is hose everything off, even the kids!! This can be all part of the fun and experience! I also put my kids in their old clothes, no shoes and an apron which provided some protection. Have a towel handy for any accidents when kids forget they have soap on their hands and put it in their eyes.
Posted by June 28, 2012 8 Commentson
These milk numbers shown in the photo are made using milk and vinegar. Mixing milk and vinegar together is an interesting science experiment to try with the kids with some very surprising results – read below to find out how…….it is so cool! Not only is this activity a great science experiment, it is also a fun sensory experience for the kids! Please note:
- This activity requires parent supervision, particularly when cooking on the stove.
- The number shapes require about 2 days to completely dry and harden. The
- Number shapes are not edible!
Posted by May 24, 2012 12 Commentson
If you haven’t made Gloop yet, then this is a must for any toddler or child to try. It is super fun and super messy, I am not sure who had the most fun, me or the kids!! Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture to explore and play with. Playing with Gloop is a fabulous sensory and science activity to learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid is. What you will need? You will need 2 cups of cornflour, 1 cup of water, two drops of food dye and a large container. Encourage your child to mix and play with the Gloop before it is completely mixed together, the fun and learning starts here. Explore the texture and talk about what it feels like, sticky, slimy, cold and powdery. To see full instructions on how to make Gloop, click here: How to make Gloop? Tip: This activity can get messy but clean-up is quite easy as gloop can be picked up or wiped off the table and easily washed of hands and clothing. I would recommend wearing an apron. Miss 4 and Miss 22 months had so much fun exploring the behaviour of the gloop, how it drips from her fingers and how hard is hard when pressure is applied. Miss 22months loved running her fingers through the gloop and watching the effect it had. Here is Miss 4 making a ball of gloop by applying pressure but as soon as she stopped pressing in between her hands the gloop acted became runny. It was so much fun to watch as they discovered what the gloop did as they played and experimented with it. This is a great opportunity to explore more descriptive words: what does the gloop feel like? It feels soft, gooey, slimy, runny and hard. Understanding Gloop – What’s Is Happening? Solid or Liquid: Cornflour is made of lots of long, stringy particles. When water is added they do not dissolve in water, but they do spread themselves out. This allows the gloop to act both like a solid and a liquid. When you roll the mixture in your hands or apply pressure to it, the particles join together and the mixture feels solid. But if it is left to rest or is held up and allowed to dribble, the particles slide over each other and it feels like a liquid. Sensory play promotes many learning experiences:
- Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.
- Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses. They learn through exploring these.
- Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning
- Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
- Language development- experimenting with language and descriptive words.
- Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
- Encourages Imagination and creative play.
Posted by May 2, 2012 3 Commentson
Sensory awareness goes hand in hand with creativity. Sensory play arouses children’s imaginations, creativity and curiosity through exploration of texture, temperature and fun! Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture and is great for sensory play. It is also great for learning about the concepts of what a solid and liquid is. What you will need? You will need: 2 cups of cornflour 1 cup of water Food Colouring A large container or bowl Place the cornflour into a large container and place a few drops of colouring into the centre. Have the water ready for your child to pour into the container. Mix the water into the cornflour and colouring. It will take some time to mix together but encourage your child to play with the gloop before it is mixed. What does it feel like? Understanding Gloop – What’s Is Happening? Solid or Liquid: Cornflour is made of lots of long, stringy particles. When water is added they do not dissolve in water, but they do spread themselves out. This allows the gloop to act both like a solid and a liquid. When you roll the mixture in your hands or apply pressure to it, the particles join together and the mixture feels solid. But if it is left to rest or is held up and allowed to dribble, the particles slide over each other and it feels like a liquid.
Get messy and have fun while learning!!To find out how we played and explored our Gloop, click here to view the full post: Playing with Gloop