Ahhh, slime. The internet is full of recipes for all manner of the stuff — unicorn slime, fluffy slime, glitter slime, chocolate slime, just to name a few — and kids never seem to get tired of making it and playing with it. Making slime also a beloved activity here at the clinic, where our therapists use it to target all sorts of speech, language, and occupational therapy goals. Here are their favorite activities for using slime in speech therapy and occupational therapy, and a free download so that you can try it at home!
Occupational Therapy Activities with Slime:
- Tactile processing: Slime is a great way to explore a new texture and learn to tolerate messy play.
- Fine motor skills: Knead, squish and mold the slime to work on hand strengthening, endurance and bilateral coordination. Hide and find small treasures in slime -like beads or sequins- to work on pincer grasp. Practice scissor skills by rolling the slime like a snake and cutting it.
- Self-regulation: Use slime as a sensory break!
- Planning/organizing: In order to complete the slime recipe, you need lots of planning skills; making a list of ingredients, collecting materials, following multi-step sequence, and keeping the workspace clean. Making slime is a great way to teach material management.
Speech and Language Activities with Slime:
- Vocabulary/Action words: Take turns describing what the other person is doing; pouring, mixing, stirring, squeezing, kneading, squishing, etc.
- Describing words/Adjectives: Use your senses as a guide. How does it feel? What does it look like? What does it sound like? How does it smell?
- Sequencing vocabulary: As you follow the directions, use key words (first, next, then, last) to talk about what you are doing with each step.
- Re-tell: Find someone to tell about the steps involved in making slime. 5. Predicting: Make a guess about how the slime will change or what it will do next.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Click on the image or link below to download a free pdf of our favorite non-toxic slime recipe and these tips from our therapists. Happy sliming!