With upcoming Valentine’s day next month, we decided to make a sparkly red slime for today’s sensory play. Slime is very popular with kids and it provides wonderful sensory experience. Hope your kids will also enjoy playing with sparkly red Valentine’s Day slime!
Girls really enjoyed playing with the slime and had no trouble touching it, unlikely jelly cake we decorated before. This got me a bit puzzled because slime and jelly have the similar texture and we even used the same color. Oh, well! What can I say? Some days it’s easier to get kids to cooperate than others! Same with you?
HOW TO MAKE RED SPARKLY SLIME?
We have used transparent / clear glue for our slime and this time, glitter glue we added didn’t mess up with slime structure like it did with our failed homemade playdough! In case you were wondering, you CAN add glitter glue to slime mixture instead of powdered glitter. Which reminds me to add glitter to our shopping list!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE RED VALENTINE’S DAY SLIME?
Supplies to prepare in advance:
STEPS TO MAKE VALENTINE’S DAY SLIME
- In one bowl mix 1 tsp borax powder with 1 cup of water
- In another bowl mix 1/2 cup of clear glue with 1/2 of water, add few drops of red food coloring and 2 tsp of red glitter glue.
- Use the larger bowl, put in first the borax mixture, then add glue mixture. Mix in with hands a little until it forms slime and collects all the water. Put in fridge to settle for 1/2 hour.
HOW TO PLAY WITH SLIME?
As I said before, girls had no trouble touching slime which came as a surprise. Both toddler and older daughter enjoyed trying to get it to stretch and then forming it back in a ball.
I have added several cookie cutters, including heart shaped. It was interesting to try to get slime cut with cutters – it resisted a bit and got stuck to plastic cookie cutters so they had to use their hands to push it out.
Another thing they found fascinating is the slime would fill in the hole that was left after the piece of slime was removed with the cookie cutter. Overall, this was a fun activity for kids and they really enjoyed playing with slime.
HOW PLAYING WITH SLIME BENEFITS A CHILD?
As they play with slime, kids work on several skills:
- fine motor skills
- sensory – experience new sensation through touch
- language development
- problem solving
EXTEND THE PLAYTIME WITH BOOKS
Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves! This book has a lovely lesson about sharing with friends as well. Book comes in good size, with adorable content and it’s easy to understand even for toddlers.
OOO, Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzy little Snuggle Puppy, I love you. Featuring a sweet and cuddly doggie cast and rhyming verse, Snuggle Puppy is the perfect bedtime book to read last, because of an ending that kids will want again and again: I started with OOO.
This read-aloud children’s book encourages first learning by introducing little ones to colorful scenes and adorable cuddly characters. With the help of parents and caregivers, toddlers will have fun turning the pages, lifting the flaps to play peekaboo, and guessing who’s sending the surprises.
What Can You Play Next for Valentine’s Day Fun?
For art inclined toddlers, we suggest textured heart activity. You can also invite them to play with heart button snake. It helps them with fine motor skills and prepares them to conquer a life skill – buttoning. We also suggest preparing few Valentine’s day themed busy bags to have on hand when kids need to wind down and have some quiet time. Happy playing!