Have you ever mixed up a batch of homemade slime before? It’s easy with Elmer’s Glue and Magic Solution. This is a great activity to plan for the week of St. Patrick’s Day. The slime has gold glitter and green shamrocks in it! Parents, you can also make it the night before St. Patrick’s day to leave out as a mess from the naughty Leprechaun. There are lots more Leprechaun tricks here; check them out!
Homemade Slime Ingredients
Let’s Get Started!
- First, have your child dump a 5oz bottle of clear Elmer’s glue into a bowl. Add in the slime activator until it starts to congeal together and pull away from the sides of the bowl; 8 to 10 teaspoons seems to be the perfect amount of Elmer’s Magical Liquid. Offer your child a metal spoon to mix it up.
- Next, have your child dump and mix in gold glitter. We used about 1 tablespoon; this is what will make up the color for your St. Patrick’s Day themed slime.
- Now, wait three to five minutes for your homemade slime to thicken into the right consistency. Afterward, you and your child can give it a final mix by squeezing it together in your hands. While doing this you can add the last ingredient, small green shamrocks or sequins.
- Voila, you have homemade slime! Now it’s time to play.
Expand Their Learning
Fine Motor Skills
Set out kid scissors and cookie cutters for your child to explore the homemade slime they just created. Knead the slime back together afterwards; this is great practice of the small muscles in the hands of toddlers and preschoolers. You can also make a game. Put out a few small plastic bowls. Have your child squish together a few balls and try to ‘score a hoop’ into the bowls at different distances. For older children, add in a little literacy fun by spelling out a word – one letter for each toss of a slime ball.
Together, count aloud scoops of the slime activator as you dump them in. Continue offering math opportunities by putting out 10 green sequins or shamrocks. After your child has put in a few, ask them to pause. Workout the subtraction equation just created.
Slime can easily be made into a STEM activity with math and science explorations. If you are okay with possibly having to make more than one batch, let your child explore the amount of ingredients to add. Ask, “How can we get this to be thicker or less sticky? What do we need more of?” Your child can explore different measurements and what it forms into. This can lead into discussing the state of matter: liquid versus solid. Here is a great book you can read afterward to learn more about liquid, solids, and gas.
The best part about making homemade slime is the fun doesn’t have to end there. Explore many more activities or even pretend play what the Leprechaun might do with gold, glitter slime. Enjoy the activity and try out more STEM activities here! Sign up for our newsletter to get more activities each month!
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About The Author
Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and is a Certified Potty Training Expert. At Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny she is the eLearning and Social Media Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her children, going for walks with her family, and discovering local wineries in New England.