A friend asked for a simple slime recipe the other day, and I realised that it had been a long, long time since we’d made any slime at our house too.
So I shared this simple sensory play idea with my friend and my kids!
This is the easiest slime recipe I know of…
What you’ll need…
Lux flakes, or other pure soap flakes.
A tub to put it in.
Something to mix with.
Yep… that’s it, just two ingredients.
What to do…
Tip your soap flakes into the tub and add hot or boiling water – a rough idea of ratio is 1 cup of soap flakes to 3 cups of water, but you might need to play around and add more of either ingredient to get it the consistency that you want.
Mix up your soap flakes a water. We got our the electric beaters, but old fashioned hand egg beaters would be fun if you have some, or just a regular whisk or spoon will do.
If you want to play with your slime right away whip it up till it is nice and bubbly. It will be light and fluffy, but if you want it to be really slimy, mix it up and let it sit over night….
The next day it should be the consistency of snot. Delightful!
I suggest you put a towel or cloth under your tubs to catch the drips. A plastic table cloth would become really slippery with the soapy slime, and the towels can just be chucked in the wash, no extra detergent needed.
The big kids had lots of fun just sinking their hands into the gooey, slimey, snotty goodness, as well as mixing and pouring it.
Noey loved it too, but since this is pure soap and water I had to supervise him really closely to make sure he didn’t put his soapy hands in his eyes.
Yesterday we added green colouring to a small amount of the slime along with some leaves, rocks and crocodiles… to make the slimiest swamp ever!
The slime will keep for a long time, provided it doesn’t get too much dirt or crud in it.
Be careful how you dispose of it, when I was teaching preschool we once tipped a tub full of slime down the outside drain, then it rained and the courtyard was filled with bubbles! Oops. Also not great for the environment for it to get into the storm water.
If you haven’t coloured it you can recycle it by adding a scoop to your wash. If you have coloured it you might add a scoop to the bath for a bit of fun (if your child isn’t soap sensitive).
No go forth and get slimy!