Time for Slime

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By Sara Fox

Children love slime, it’s so much fun! So why not bring slime into your classroom to stretch your children’s vocabulary. They’ll be oozing with adjectives and verbs by the end of a slimy session.

There are lots of slimes that can be bought for children to play with, however these can be expensive and what is more, making slime is a worthwhile experience in itself. You can find lots of recipes for slime on the internet. It is important to choose ingredients that are chemical and Borax free. There are even recipes for edible slime! Children can be given the opportunity to play with a selection of safe ingredients to create their own slime mixture, enabling them to discover for themselves which ingredients are good for binding the mixture together and giving it elasticity. These ingredients may include classroom basics such as PVA glue, water and ready-mix paint.

Slime for a Story

Connecting slime to a story or a character, really brings the slime to life. For example, it could be linked to a character in a book that may be slimy or lives in a slimy place such as one of the alien characters in Here Come the Aliens! written by Colin McNaughton or a traditional story setting such as under the troll bridge in the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’. A tray containing slime and other props gives children a wonderful opportunity to act out a story they have been sharing as a class or to create their own slimy tale.

Oozing Adjectives and Stretchy Verbs

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