Perhaps you have a bunch of busy bees in your classroom? Or maybe it’s spring and you want to teach your preschool or kindergarten students about bees? Whether you have a bee-themed classroom or not, this homemade slime recipe is an amazing learning and playing opportunity for little ones!

– Life Over C's Bee theme slime with bee buttons

Recommended Grade Level:

Sensory Bee Slime Supplies:

  • 1 (5 oz.) bottle of Elmer’s clear glue 
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon contact solution
  • 10-15 drops of yellow food coloring 
  • Bee buttons
  • Flower buttons
  • Black buttons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stirring spoon
  • Plastic mat for playtime 
  • Book: National Geographic Kids “Bees” 

Learning About Sensory Play with Slime:

MAKING SLIME with preschoolers
MAKING SLIME IS ONE OF THOSE ACTIVITIES THAT NEVER GETS OLD. IT’S PACKED WITH LEARNING AND SKILLS, FROM SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS TO FINE MOTOR PRACTICE.

Sensory play is important for young kids for a number of reasons. It encourages curiosity, problem-solving, creativity, and exploration.

When we combine a sensory experience with actually creating the slime, it layers on another level of exploration! Kids love the magic of how slime forms with some basic household ingredients. It feels like magic, so it becomes a real motivator for young learners.

With all of the learning opportunities waiting for us within that fluffy slime, do not hesitate to implement it into any theme, any time of the year!

This easy slime comes together with contact lens solution, clear glue, baking soda, and food coloring. Imagine the possibilities for anything from a baby shower activity to keep little ones busy to science night with families.

In addition to exploring with their senses once the slime activators have taken effect, your students will learn so much. You might touch on any of the following concepts, ideas, or vocabulary as you mix and create saline solution slime:

– Life Over C's Bee theme slime recipe sensory activity for preschool spring theme.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Play With Slime?

Besides the fact that many kids love getting down and dirty, there are so many other reasons you should make slime with your child.

Develop Creativity

Exploring slime is a wonderful open-ended activity to allow your child to get creative without restraint.

Improve Focus

Manipulating slime can be a nice, calming activity that lets kids practice focusing on the task at hand.

Fine Motor Development

Flattening, squeezing, rolling, poking, and whatever else a child might decide to do with slime, work those finger and hand muscles.

Content Area Learning

Let’s be honest. You can put anything into slime that will help reinforce learning! Letters, numbers, colors, and shapes might all be incorporated.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 (5 oz.) bottle of Elmer’s clear glue 
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon contact solution
  • 10-15 drops of yellow food coloring 
  • Bee buttons
  • Flower buttons
  • Black buttons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stirring spoon
  • Plastic mat for playtime 
  • Book: National Geographic Kids “Bees” 
– Life Over C's Bee theme slime recipe sensory activity for preschool spring theme.

How To Make The Bee Theme Slime

MAKING SLIME with preschoolers
IT MIGHT BE TEMPTING TO MIX UP A BATCH BEFORE YOUR STUDENTS ARRIVE, BUT I WOULD ENCOURAGE TEACHERS TO EMBRACE THIS TEACHABLE MOMENT AND MAKE IT TOGETHER.

Follow a few easy steps to make slime with contact solution and a few other ingredients:

  1. Pour all of the glue into a medium-sized mixing bowl. *Note: white glue will also work, but will require more food coloring.
  2. Add the baking soda and stir well until combined. 
  3. Pour the contact solution into the mix and stir until the slime becomes stretchy. 
  4. Knead the slime with your hands. The slime will feel sticky at first, but continue to knead until you get the desired consistency.
  5. Squirt the food coloring into the mix and continue to mix until the slime turns yellow. 

To play, place the slime on the plastic playmat. 

Place the buttons near the slime and have the child press the buttons into the slime! 

– Life Over C's Bee theme slime recipe sensory activity for preschool spring theme.

Extend the Activity:

Make Glitter Slime

Tweak the ingredients by adding a little glitter glue into the mix. Children love a little sparkle in their slime.

Write About It

Take this science project across the curriculum by writing/drawing about the steps to make slime.

Bulletin Board

Take pictures of each step to post on a bulletin board and work on sequencing steps with your students.

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– Life Over C's Bee theme slime with bee buttons

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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