I first developed this amazing recipe for fluffy, squishy slime over three months ago, but to be honest, I was a bit nervous to share it.
It has a… non-conventional secret ingredient. But this is such an amazing sensory activity for kids that I simply had to share with you my secret recipe for what is possibly our favourite slime recipe yet.
Materials for the Fluffiest, Squishiest Slime:
And, the secret ingredient? 4 diapers.
Well, the crystals from the lining of the diapers to be precise.
I know this might sound gross to some, but as someone who uses water beads and used disposable diapers, I don’t personally have an issue with these polyacrylate crystals. You could easily substitute crushed water beads for the diaper crystals if you’d prefer.
To get the crystals out, simply cut the tops of the diaper off and shake the crystals out into a container. Pick out any bits of fluff and then add up to five cups of water to hydrate the crystals.
I had the kids help me with every step of the slime-making process. This is a great sensory activity for kids to slow down and notice the differences between each stage of the slime’s progress. Even just the starting point of hydrated crystals is squishy, cool, and slippery, and can be played with for a decent period of time (or be a sensory activity all on it’s own).
Then, we added two cups of the glue and used our hands to stir it into the hydrated water crystals. Already, the mixture started feeling sticky and stretchy.
(This is also a good time for me to mention that we did this activity outside so that I could just hose everything off when we were done and not worry if the kids got a bit too messy with their play.)
We added the liquid starch one half cup at a time. The more you work the liquid starch into the slime, the stretchier and more consistent it becomes – but you’ll want to keep adjusting the level of liquid starch until the mixture stops feeling sticky. (Check out Fun at Home with Kids’ awesome tutorial for troubleshooting slime.)
If you make this slime on your own and then present it to the kids, you won’t have to worry about the sticky bits of glue that you see on Miss G’s hands – that’s more of a result from her hand stirring the actual glue.
The final slime mixture should not stick to your hands, and will just be squishy, stretchy, cool-to-the-touch fun!
Seriously, if there is one sensory activity for kids that you try from my blog, I hope you try this one.
Beyond just stretching, squishing, pulling, and manipulating the slime, you can add cookie cutters, or alphabet beads, or small containers to extend your slime play. My kids will play with slime without any extra tools for over an hour if I let them, but if you have a sensory seeker like I do, you might need to encourage breaks in your sensory play so that they don’t get overwhelmed and make poor decisions… like putting slime in their hair… or dropping it on the floor…
If that does happen, vinegar will quickly and easily dissolve the slime from any fibers (in clothing, carpet, etc) or hair.
BONUS: Super shiny, soft hair… or carpet.
What do you think? Would you try “diaper slime” with your kids? Or is that just too far of a stretch for you?
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