Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Invitation to Explore Slime
Updated: Aug 12, 2021
The book Too Much Slime by Frances Gilbert and illustrated by Vin Vogel is all about sticky gloopy gunky SLIME. In the story slime is everywhere in town and it took everyone to get it back into a lunchbox. Since slime is a favorite with children, this book is perfect to read and then extend the literacy experience with a hands-on interactive invitation to explore the main character of the book SLIME!
To set this invitation you will need: slime, clear tray, stacking shelf rack, light table. Simply invite the child to explore the slime on the light table. This slime is reusable, cleans easily, safe and allergy-free.
By exploring new processes and textures, children can enjoy play while learning at the same time. The gorgeous ribbons of slime are so visually appealing, children love watching the slime oozing its way through the rack.
Slime has the strangest characteristics in that it flows somewhat like a liquid, spilling out, but is very obviously a solid. It is ooey and gooey and cold to the touch as it flows between your fingers. It is such a unique substance that young children need time to process such a strange sensory material.
When children explore with their senses they are playing with a variety of materials and textures which stimulate the mind and body through the tactile experience. By giving children the opportunity to investigate materials we are helping them develop and refine their cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skills.
Choosing to go the multi-sensory route due to the fact that children learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses. By adding the light table it provides for a source of visual sensory input and which enhances the tactile sensory experience! Children are naturally drawn to the glow of the table and are often calmed by the visual stimulation as they explore a the center, which makes for an all around win with this invitation.