This past weekend, our library participated in the Dowagiac Ice Festival with a sensory craft in the library. Downtown businesses invited the people of Dowagiac to make crafts, get food and drinks, and more. We invited families to make Snow Slime with us. I originally got this idea from Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys.
The kids had fun with this projects because it was messy, but little did they know that they were engaging in a sensory activity! According to PBS, “Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.” There’s something about the mixture of glue and fake snow that just feels weird and a lot of kids had great reactions. Parents talked to their kids about how it felt and why. Some of the younger ones didn’t like getting messy, but participating in this projects encouraged them to reach outside of their comfort zone.
This is also a little bit like process-based art. There’s no exact science to this project. You just kind of have to figure out how much liquid starch to add, how long to mix, and how to adjust your method if your slime is too stringy or if it’s sticking to much with your hands. It takes a while to get it to form, and you have to try a lot of different things. So kids are learning how to sit at a project for a while and sustain focus, but they are also using problem solving skills.
To do this project all you need is 1 bottle of glue, a cup of fake snow (that you can get at a craft store or on Amazon), and 1/2 cup liquid starch. Mix the glue and snow, then slowly at little bits of liquid starch. You have to mix the glue, then shape it, knead it, and fold it until you get it to be the consistency you want.