Kids love learning about insects! Who wouldn’t be intrigued by creepy, crawly, flying little creatures?! While some kids are easily spooked and others are just curious about six- and eight-legged bugs, they will all be drawn to this easy slime recipe! Create the basic slime recipe together for a little science lesson on mixtures, then stock it with a variety of toy insects for hours of exploration and learning.
Insect Theme in Preschool
INSECT ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
INSECT PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES ARE A GREAT WAY TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN, FROM THE TINIEST CREATURES TO THE LARGEST.
Hands-on activities are the best way to engage early learners in a variety of topics, from math activities to reading and science. This bug theme slime comes together easily and allows for plenty of sensory exploration.
Using a slime recipe that’s easy and quick to make is ideal. Children will love mixing the slime, green and gooey, as much as playing with the insects within it.
Learning about insects helps kids understand the world around them. Investigating the tiniest creatures helps students form important understandings about life, habitat, life cycles, and more.
In addition to creating the slime recipe with contact solution and glue, students can begin to work on other important skills while identifying insects:
- Can you describe the color/shape/other characteristics of the insect?
- Which one is the biggest/smallest/longest/fattest?
- Do some insects share characteristics?
- What body parts can you label?
What Can Preschoolers Learn While Making A Slime Recipe with Glue?
EASY RECIPE FOR SLIME
THIS EASY SLIME RECIPE WITH GLUE AND CONTACT SOLUTION IS WAY MORE THAN SOMETHING GOOPY TO PLAY WITH.
Mixing slime is an opportunity to learn a bit about science:
- Mix vs. Separate
Why Is It Important For Kids To Explore With Their Senses?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Sensory exploration helps activate the brain in multiple areas and create important pathways for future learning.
How To Make The Insect Theme Slime
How to Make Green Slime Insect Theme for Preschool
Protect the work surface with a piece of construction paper. Pour the glue into the bowl. This recipe requires a little more than 1/2 cup of glue.
Add the baking soda and stir well until combined.
Pour in the contact lens solution and stir until slime becomes stretchy. (Note: Your slime will feel sticky at first and it will seem like there’s too much saline solution. However, keep kneading the slime activators and it will get to the desired consistency! I did not have to add any extra solution to this recipe. You may also add food coloring if desired.)
When the slime and contact solution reach a desired consistency, it’s play time!
Add the plastic bugs and enjoy! Store slime in an airtight container.
After children extract the toy bugs from the slime, ask them to sort by color, shape, or characteristics. This encourages observation and language.