My daughter will never get sick of playing with slime – it’s her favourite form of sensory play – but I love coming up with fun ways to make each batch just a little bit different.
Ella – like most kids – is fascinated with learning about other parts of the world. With the arrival of winter and snow, she’s curious about how other countries and continents experience snow.
We’ve been learning a little bit about the Arctic Circle and Antartica, so I thought it would be fun to make some snow slime. At first I thought I’d just chill the ingredients, but curiousity got the better of me and I decided to see what would happen if I froze the slime!
The result was this amazing frozen snow slime with a unique texture and sensory experience unlike anything we’ve played with before.
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How to Make Frozen Snow Slime
- 2 bottles white craft glue
- 1/2 cup liquid starch
- 2 Tablespoons water
- copious amounts of glitter – we used white, light blue, and silver
- Arctic Animals TOOB
I started off by setting the glue and starch in the fridge for a bit to give them a chilly effect. I wasn’t sure how the freezing experiment would go later, so I thought I’d give Ella a chance to play with the cold slime first, just in case freezing it was a bust!
Simply mix your ingredients together – adding just a little less starch than the recipe calls for, adding it in if the glue is still sticky.
Slime is one of those materials that needs a lot of kneading to reach it’s final texture. You’ll know it’s done when it’s stretchy and smooth, without sticking to your hands! The first time you make slime will be a bit of experimenting, but it gets easier with every batch.
See that stretch? Perfect slime!
We just played with our slime and TOOB animals at first. The slime was chilly to the touch and glittered in the light, a fun interpretation of the snow that our Arctic & Antarctic Animals are used to.
We talked about how the different animals had features that prepared them for a chilly environment, and imagined different scenarios where the animals would interact with each other.
(PS – Some would have issues with using animals from both areas at the same time, but they came in the same TOOB. You try telling my 4 year old that penguins aren’t allowed to join in the fun!)
Here are some penguins sliding in the snow!
In a somewhat twisted turn of events, there was eventually an avalanche which covered the animals in snow slime – and we had to “save” each one. A good slime should be super easy to remove from your plastic figurines.
After about an hour of playing with the slime like this (you may need to add in a bit of extra starch if the slime gets too sticky) I decided to start phase two of our Frozen Slime experiment.
I used the same silicone heart mold that we used for our fizzy frozen hearts experiment (another awesome sensory play meets science activity) and divided the slime amongst the compartments. It took about two hours to freeze fully, but could be used after an hour.
The frozen slime was completely solid at first, which is great for a child who is a bit intimidated by slime – as the slime warms up, the child might slowly warm up to the increasingly squishy texture!
The half-frozen slime still had that great stretch and was really fun to snap apart and smoosh. It was also a lot less sticky than normal slime, making it perfect for kids who can’t stand sticky!
I loved the puffy, squishy texture mixed with the firm, frozen cores of these frozen hearts. They made perfect little icebergs for our sensory play.
What do you think? Will you be trying our recipe for Frozen Snow Slime?
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