Who’s ready to make letter slime? Adding letter beads to slime is a FUN way to learn about letters and letter sounds. Letter slime also strengthens fine motor muscles and, for most kids, it’s a calming sensory experience. If you have a kiddo who does not want to touch it, put the slime in a baggie so they can play too!
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- Letter Beads (these are from Michaels)
- Fine Glitter
- Clear Glue
- Liquid Starch
How to Make the Slime
- Mix equal parts GLUE AND WATER FIRST. Make sure you do this step or the slime may not turn out!
- Mix in the glitter (optional) and letter beads.
- Mix in equal parts liquid starch.
- Mix until the slime forms and knead it.
Once the slime pulls away from the bowl and starts to form a ball (like this), knead it with your hands.
At this point, your slime should look like this! If it doesn’t try these tricks:
Sticky Slime – Just add more liquid starch.
Runny Slime – Just add more glue.
Time to Play with the Slime
Students can …
- find and identify the letters.
- find and identify the letter sounds.
- pick out the letters to make names or words.
They can always just explore, stretch, bend, rolls and manipulate the letter slime!
If the letter slime gets sticky or starts sticking to their hands a ton, just knead in a bit of liquid starch into the slime.
Sensory experiences are so important in early childhood classrooms, but it’s just as important to make them meaningful! Tie it to a theme or embed literacy, math or science concepts and skills into the sensory play. Check out these sensory posts to help you be intentional when planning sensory experiences for your little learners.
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