Slime is a favorite activity for people who are sensory seekers!
It can be messy, but it can also be very calming and help with focusing, so it might be worth the mess with the proper precautions: avoid carpet, wear clothes that might get slime on them, and know that adding more contact solution will help it be less sticky.
Make sure your contact solution has the ingredients: Boric Acid and Sodium Borate or it won’t work.
Tips: You can use white glue, but clear glue seems to work better
WAYS TO HELP PARTICIPATION
There are lots of ways to get involved. Approach it as team work and be creative!
- If you use a glue bottle, flip the bottle over and squeeze to develop hand strength or to practice using 2 hands
- Have one person hold the measuring cup or measuring spoon, while the other person pours
- Pour the ingredients in as a team, even if one person just does the final push at the end
- If you’re working with someone who is blind, let them explore each texture of the ingredient before it goes in or let them experiment with different amounts of the ingredients to see which texture they like better
- Take turns hiding objects and finding objects in the slime
- If someone doesn’t like to touch the slime, they can help stir, put the ingredients in, or place the googly eyes in for another person to find.
- If someone really doesn’t like to touch slime, talk about the other sensory components: what does it look like, what does it smell like, what color should we make it, what do you think happens if I add more of this, etc. (don’t ever force someone to go beyond their sensory comfort zone)