Ring in the New Year by making homemade slime to engage your students in hands-on learning. Not only will your students work to develop their fine motor skills as they create this simple New Years Slime recipe with added glitter and clocks, but they’ll be using their creative thinking skills. And kids love making slime!
This New Years party slime is a great way to give your preschoolers a chance to enjoy some craft time. I know all too well that the holiday season can be rather difficult. The students are restless with excitement for the holidays and school break all the while you’re trying to keep the class running smoothly.
This is exactly why I enjoy featuring fun and simple preschool craft ideas! Your students will have a fabulous time creating their own New Years eve slime to touch, feel and play with. Slime is a tool that many teachers use to help their restless students focus more.
Does slime help you focus?
Slime can help encourage your students to develop good concentration skills. This New Years slime has the right texture and feel to use as a stress and anxiety tool in your classroom.
Of course this does take some teaching on your part to demonstrate how to use the slime properly and what the consequences are for making a mess with the slime instead of using it as a sensory tool.
Slime is one of the many tools that teachers can use in the classroom to help their students develop good focus during reading time or other lesson giving time.
This activity will not only help your students use their fine motor skills as the work on kneading the slime, but they’ll be strengthening their fine motor skills as they work to use this as a focus tool in the classroom too.
What are the benefits of slime?
There are a lot of benefits of slime. From the creation of this New Years slime to the use of this slime in the classroom after your preschoolers have made it.
Many teachers have seen that slime helps their students keep their hands busy during a stressful or anxious day. Being able to knead and twist slime in your hands is a wonderful way to give students the relief they need from anxiety during a difficult day.
This New Years slime activity can be used to teach your students about science. As your students work to mix the saline solution, baking soda, and glue together they’ll watch the ingredients go from a liquid-like material to a more solid, resistant material. This process of kneading the ingredients together to form a somewhat solid-state of slime is a fun science experiment.
Enhances Cognitive Skills
Making slime requires measuring, mixing and kneading ingredients together. Slime activities can help boost hand-eye coordination as well as fine motor skills as your students use these skills to create their own slime.
Slime in the Classroom
This New Years slime can be used in your classroom as a tool for keeping kids focused. Some students may have a difficult time sitting still, not talking, and focusing when directions are given. This slime will be an excellent tool to use to deter these habits.
Making slime is so fun for preschoolers! You can add other textures into the slime such as small trinkets or glitter to help your students learn more about textures.
How to Make New Years Eve Glitter Slime
Gather the list of slime supplies below and then follow the step by step instructions for these basic slime recipes.
- 2 (6 ounce) bottles clear school glue
- About 1/2 cup warm water
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ tablespoon saline solution (containing boric acid)
- About 1 ½ tablespoon glitter in white, silver, or iridescent
- Toys or foil confetti (if desired)
- Gold glitter
- Clock coins
There is a method for creating slime with school glue and liquid starch, but I’m sharing a different method today (my daughter’s preferred method…lol!)
Empty the clear school glue into a large bowl.
Fill the empty glue bottle about ⅓ full with warm water (about ¼ cup) and seal with the lid. Shake well to combine the remaining glue with the water. Pour into bowl with glue and stir to combine.
Add the baking soda to the glue and stir to mix thoroughly.
If you are adding gold glitter or confetti, stir the glitter into the glue mixture. If you are adding the clock coins, save them until the end.
Add saline solution to the glue mixture and stir well. (Note: regular school glue will require less contact lens solution than glitter glue. Add the contact lens solution slowly, mixing between additions, and add only enough to bring the glue together into a soft ball.)
Remove the slime from the bowl allowing any excess liquid to remain in the bowl. The slime will be sticky. Begin to play with the slime, kneading it as you would bread dough, to bring the slime together. The slime is ready when no longer sticky.
Best if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator when not in use.
Whether you are using this in the classroom or just for a fun activity for the kids to do over winter break, they will love making this New Years Eve glitter slime!
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