As a parent, you've likely heard of the homemade slime craze. You may have helped your kids embark on a slime-making spree with ingredients found in your kitchen. What once seemed to be just a fad has actually turned into a lasting recreational activity due to its rewarding benefits as a sensory experience for kids. Homemade slime awakens kids' tactile sense as they squish and stretch the fun, goopy blob.
The slime can be made with ingredients like glue, shaving cream, and even toothpaste—a lesser-known but prime ingredient. Read on to learn how to make slime with toothpaste for a fun indoor activity with your kids.
Benefits of Slime Time
Making DIY slime is loads of fun for kids and parents alike—just about as fun as playing with it! But did you know that playing with slime has educational and cognitive benefits as well? Creating a fun ball of slime is a science, math, and art lesson all squeezed into one. Playing with it also appeals to the tactile sense, and the squishing and crackling are satisfying to little ears. According to Michigan State University, sensory play is a crucial element of the educational process, serving as the basis for key skills used in school. Manipulating slime while feeling anxious or stressed can have a calming effect as well.
How to Make Slime with Toothpaste
It's important to note that half of the DIY slime experience is in creating it. This toothpaste slime recipe can be modified in several ways. Paste or gel toothpaste can be used, and you can add any colors and textures you like. You can start with smaller amounts and build your way up. Don't be afraid to experiment with different types of toothpaste. Always keep slime away from smaller children who might want to put it in their mouth.
Here is what you'll need to get started:
- A mixing bowl
- A spoon or silicone spatula
- Toothpaste (paste or gel)
- Thick shampoo
- Table salt
- Natural food coloring (optional)
- Texture elements such as beads, small pebbles, etc. (optional)
Squeeze about three tablespoons of shampoo into your bowl. Add approximately one or two tablespoons of toothpaste and stir. If you choose to add food coloring, add a drop or two and continue stirring. If you'd like a larger amount or need to adjust the consistency, simply add more of each ingredient. Stir until it is all combined.
Add a pinch or two of salt to the mixture and continue stirring. At this point, the slime should begin taking form. Add small amounts of shampoo, toothpaste, and any texture elements until you achieve the consistency you're looking for. Depending on the type of shampoo and toothpaste you use, you may want to put the mixture in the freezer for an hour or two to help it solidify.
Store your toothpaste slime in an airtight glass container with a lid or in a baggie.
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Why It's Good
Making and playing with DIY slime is a great way to connect and have fun with your kids. It can provide a satisfying sensory, educational, and cognitive experience that's beneficial for child development.