Here are a few activities you can try with slime and children:
Slime Letters, Numbers, Shapes & Scissor Skills: Use cookie cutters or your hands to form shapes, letters, and numbers to identify and describe. You can also roll out the slime into a long worm and use scissors to cut it into pieces. Using scissors can strengthen bilateral coordination, and scissor skills.
Buttons, Beads, & Beans: Add buttons, beads, or uncooked noodles or beans to your slime encourage the proper pencil grasp, and provide proprioceptive input. Knead in objects with your hands. Ask your child to remove the objects with their fingers or tweezers.
Coordination: Patting and squishing slime between both hands promotes bilateral coordination.
Sensory Play: Sensory play is any activity that evokes the senses: sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste. Slime engages almost all the senses in one activity. Why is this important? Sensory play helps children learn about attributes of different items, calms anxiety, builds neural pathways, and improves fine and gross fine motor skills to name a few!
Build Vocabulary: Talk about the colors, shapes, textures, sounds, and scents experienced while playing with slime.