Slime Time

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

Slime Time

December 3, 2013

Imagine an activity that keeps little hands busy for hours on end using two ingredients that you may already have in your home, school glue and liquid starch. Behold the amazing power of slime time. Kids love to get their hands dirty and they adore helping to make things they play with, so have them roll up their sleeves and start creating and exploring!

I speak from experience when I say that the slime that we made with our boys, via a recipe on Pinterest, was a smashing success. The slime recipe is easy enough that my boys can help make it and unique enough that they enjoy experimenting with it for a long time.

 Making slime and play time

The recipe that I used for slime came from Tot Treasures . If your little ones don’t like to help you bake, recipes like the one for slime help get them measuring in the kitchen. Give them the tools to help measure the two ingredients. Let them see how the liquid starch changes the consistency of the glue. We’ve made this with clear glue and white glue and though both lead to a slimy end product, the texture will vary based on the glue you use.

Once your slime is ready, give your children some time to play, mold, and stretch it into different shapes and sizes. Measure some pieces that are equal and see how long of a slime snake you can roll with your hands before it snaps. Have tape measures at the ready to declare your slime snake winner. For older children, have them coil up the snakes and see what the circumference is and compare them with each other.

Model different shapes with your slime to incorporate another math skill- see who can make a square with their slime and perhaps older children can make a cube. Brainstorm on other shapes that kids know and see what different types of stories they can tell with their shapes when they are all together.

Slime also bounces on hard surfaces. Make different sized slime balls and drop them from different heights onto the floor. Have one person hold a yard stick or tape measure, and another person drop the slime ball from a set height to see how high it will bounce. Does the size of the ball make a difference, or are there other variables that affect bounce? How does the height from which it is dropped influence the bounce? Allow older children to make predictions based on previous drops before testing each time.

The sky is the limit with slime play time! Think outside of the box and test new ideas each time you pull out the slime. If you keep it in an airtight container, it will last for quite a while.

 

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Beth Levine

Beth is a mom of two young boys in the Capital Region area of New York. She blogs at TheAngelForever.com and can be found on Twitter via @TheAngelForever. Beth is a lifelong learner and educator that is always looking for new and fun ways to get kids thinking.

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