Making slime – a substance similar to Play-Dough – is a fun, educational activity that teaches the concept chemical reactions when different substances are mixed together. This activity isn’t right for every individual with autism e.g. individuals who might eat the mixture or individuals whose tactile defensiveness will not tolerate sensory slime. But many individuals with autism enjoy the unique texture of this slime. Making slime gives folks a chance to follow written instructions, measure ingredients, and learn about chemical reactions.
So, here’s the recipe for Slime. If your friend with autism is able to read, copy the recipe and let them collect the three ingredients and necessary utensils. If they are not able to read, read the ingredients and let your friend collect the supplies. You may need to pair your verbal instructions with a visual cue i.e. picture, sign, or actual item. Remember to let your friend with autism mix their own slime, only lending a helping hand when absolutely necessary.
First, gather these ingredients: ½ cup or 4 ounces white Elmer’s glue, ½ cup water, 1 teaspoon borax powder, and 1 cup water.
Now, follow these easy steps.
1. Pour the glue into a small glass bowl.
2. Stir ½ cup water into glue. Note: The resulting slime will be opaque white. If you want a different color, add just one or two drops of food coloring to the glue mixture.
4. In a separate, bigger glass bowl, stir 1 teaspoon of borax powder into one cup of water.
5. Slowly stir the glue mixture into the bowl of borax solution.
6. Place the slime that forms into your hands and knead until it feels dry. Don’t worry about the excess water remaining in the bowl.
7. The more you play with the slime, the firmer and less sticky it becomes.
8. Have fun!
TIP FOR THE DAY: Store your slime in a zip-lock bag in the frig so it doesn’t grow mold. It is best to supervise folks so they don’t eat the slime. Although it is not toxic, it is not particularly good for you. But many people really like the smooth, soothing texture of this homemade slime. Enjoy!
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