Sensory Play is an essential part of early childhood learning and getting messy is one great way to involve all of the senses-enter EDIBLE MONSTER SLIME!
Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.
PBS Parents Website
There a tons of Edible Slime Recipes online, but really it just needs to be green and goopy. The edible part is pretty important here because my 20 month old will be joining in the fun and he can’t help but use his sense of taste! I had planned on making the Chia Slime recipe on the link above, but when I got to the store and realized that Xantham Gum was $13 for a small container I decided a less slime like recipe with cornstarch would be just fine.
On Chia Seeds:
I feel like the Chia Seeds I’ve been using in my cookies, oatmeal, and cereal have been keeping a secret from me. In addition to having manifold health benefits, these tiny seeds turn into fabulously slimy little tapioca-esque beads.
No-Cook Edible Chia Seed Slime Recipe:
1/2 cup Chia Seeds mixed with 1 cup of warm water and allowed to “grow” for at least an hour
1/2 cup corn starch mixed with green food coloring and between 2 tbsp and 1/4 cup of water. Just play with the ratio until the mixture is thick enough to pick.
I had the boys “pick the monster boogers” and put them into the baby spider brew –classy I know.
Then I went to the kitchen and pulled out anything edible that looked remotely ewwy, gooey, creepy, or crawly.
-Frozen Peas “Frozen Bugs”-these are so great for sensory contrast of hot/cold
-Karo Syrup –this really invited their sense of taste
Having an assortment of cups, bowls, spoons, and whisks allows little ones to experiment with moving the slime from one place to another.
Do not do this inside unless you want a seriously impossible mess to clean up.
I recommend any location where you can clean up by simply hosing everything-including the kids-down after you’re all done. The food coloring I used even stained their hands a bit and took some scrubbing to get off, but we had fun 🙂