Slime. It’s just one of those things that children just can’t seem to get enough of. What do you do with all of that leftover Halloween candy? Why not turn it into a fun hands-on sensory learning opportunity for your family!
After all the craziness of Halloween sometimes you need to carve out simple little learning moments. For my son in particular who needs a lot of hands-on sensory activities when routines get changed at the holidays this is my go to activity since it is quick, easy, and fun for the kids. We discussed the science behind the slime, pumpkins, how pumpkins ties into the first Thanksgiving, and much more while they played with their slime!
We did not use any glitter, food coloring, or add any other sensory elements with this slime since the candy does such a magnificent job of adding a texture that my son just can’t get enough of. This is a quick and easy to throw together at the last minute recipe and as a bonus, it is also virtually mess free. Another great learning opportunity to use with this slime is to read a book about trick-or-treating or in our case, pumpkins, such as The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons.
For this recipe, I was inspired by the Kool-Aid Slime recipe that Growing a Jeweled Rose shared because it is a borax free and edible recipe. This is important to me because my son often chews on things within his reach without even thinking about it, so anytime I can put something in front of him that is safe is a relief to me.
Here is all you will need to make this slime recipe for your family:
- Metamucil (make sure to purchase the orange flavor to add a fun scent and color or visit Growing a Jeweled Rose for directions on how to add Kool-Aid to your slime)
- Candy Pumpkins (or leftover candy)
- Microwaveable bowl
To make your own slime recipe, follow these fun steps:
- Pour ¾ of a cup of Metamucil into your microwaveable bowl and stir it until the Metamucil mixture is fully mixed in with no lumps. This was a fantastic learning opportunity for my son to practice his measurement skills with.
- Cook your slime mixture in the microwave for 5-6 minutes, depending on your microwave’s cook time.
- Allow your slime mixture to cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Once the slime mixture is cool enough for an adult to touch, sprinkle in some candy pumpkins (or any leftover Halloween candy) and fold it into the slime. Make sure to fold your slim several times as it will reveal any hot pockets underneath the slime mixture and help it to cool down.
- Now your slime is ready for some hands-on sensory play!
Hopefully your family can enjoy creating some Candy Pumpkin Slime out of your leftover Halloween candy this November. What are your favorite slime recipes?
Make sure to check out Stir the Wonder’s creative and fun hands-on turkey feather counting learning game!
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