I love setting up fun little play-scapes for Noah. At four and a half he is just bursting with subjects that he is interested in and it’s easy to grab one of those ideas and create an invitation for independent play. But as much as I love it, I don’t want to spend hours setting up elaborate activities, they need to be quick and easy!
This fun dino slime invitation to play was quick and easy to set up using a big mixing bowl!
To make your own dino slime you’ll need:
- A large mixing bowl or container
- 2 cups corn flour (corn starch)
- 1 cup of cheap shampoo
- A few drops of green food colouring if you like
- Dinosaurs, foliage (we used mint sprigs), rocks, pine cones or any other accessories you like
Mix the corn flour, shampoo and food coloring together in the mixing bowl until it comes together to form a paste like consistency. It should be firm enough to pick up lumps with your hands, but soft enough to slide through your fingers when held up. Add a little more corn flour or shampoo till you get the slimy consistency you are looking for.
Set up a little play-scape with the dinosaurs, some leaves and other natural materials and let your child explore. Don’t forget a smock or apron and have a damp washer near by for wiping slimy fingers.
The slime should keep well in a covered container for a few days. It’s not a great idea to wash the corn flour down the drain so when you are done let it dry out and then put it in the rubbish.
I had intended to make this silky stretch corn flour and condition play dough for our slime, but when I went to mix it up I realised that I had bought shampoo instead of conditioner!
Instead of giving up, Noah and I decided to see what would happen if we mixed the corn flour (corn starch) and shampoo together. What we got was a sticky, goopy, stretchy concoction that was a little like goop but softer and more dough like.
If you don’t have the ingredients for this goopy slime, or you are not up for that much mess you could try these alternatives.
Somewhat difficult/messy :
A little bit difficult/messy:
Play dough – find loads of great recipes in The Homemade Play Dough Recipe book (affiliate link)
Not very difficult/messy:
Water – just a centimetre or two in the bottom of the bowl is all you need, add food colouring if you want.
What are your little ones interested in right now?
Dinos? Trains? Water? Or some other super cool thing?