Who’s ready to make SHAPE slime? Adding FOAM SHAPES to slime is a FUN way to learn all about 2D shapes. Playing with slime also strengthens fine motor muscles. 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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Only adults should make the slime. Adult supervision required when kids are playing with slime.
Cut up the Shapes
These are the foam shapes I used. I tried making slime with them, but it didn’t turn out. I made it again, but this time I cut the shapes to make them smaller. This worked much better!
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 small foam shapes.
- 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 – Add more liquid starch.
Runny Slime – Add more glue.
Time to Play with the Slime
Students can …
- find and identify the shapes.
- pick the shapes out and match them up (this is great fine motor work too).
- talk about the shapes characteristics (number of sides, number of corners).
They can always just explore, stretch, bend, roll and manipulate the shape slime! Look at his face! He’s having a BLAST!
If the letter slime gets sticky or starts sticking to their hands, 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.
Would you like MORE shape activities? Click the photo below to check out my favorite 2D Shape activities!
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