Looking for the PERFECT scientific companion to a unit on Bees? Here it is, Honey! This easy-to-make honey slime recipe pairs perfectly with other bee themed activities for preschoolers. It’s also a sweet recipe for anyone looking for a safe, nontoxic slime recipe.
I love this edible slime recipe for its simplicity. Many slime recipes include a glue mixture that wouldn’t be safe for kiddos to ingest. This edible slime with honey recipe is completely organic and safe.
You only need three ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry: honey, corn starch, and oil! Amaze your preschool learners by showing them how this simple mixture kneads magically into play dough!
Bee Theme for Preschool
I think honeybees grab the interest of young learners because they can easily relate. Who hasn’t seen a bee, or ran frantically from a bee in fear of that STING?! What an opportunity to engage young learners and teach them the important role honeybees play in our ecosystem.
There are a wealth of honeybee activities for preschoolers designed to teach them everything from bee anatomy to the process of gathering pollen and turning it into honey. Engage preschoolers and kindergartners by providing as many hands-on learning activities as possible.
Here are some fun ideas that could accompany the honey slime recipe:
- Send them out to gather pollen (in the form of mini marshmallows, or perhaps white cotton balls or pompoms).
- Create sensory play opportunities with a bee themed sensory table/bin that includes honeycomb shaped noodles or cereal, “pollen” pompoms, flowers, gold sequins, or empty egg cartons for “pollen” transfer.
- Work those fine motor muscles by providing pinchers for children to collect the “pollen.”
- Paint bubble wrap and press onto hexagon-shaped paper to imitate a hive.
How to Make Edible Slime with Honey
- Microwave-safe container
- Mixing spoon
- parchment/wax paper
- ½ cup honey
- 1 cup cornstarch (powdered sugar can also be used but may require more than 1 cup)
- 3 to 5 tablespoons oil (I used vegetable oil)
- In a microwave safe container, mix together the cornstarch and honey by pressing with the back of a spoon. Mix as much of the cornstarch into the honey as you can.
- Place the mixture into the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds or just until warmed.
- To the honey mixture, add 1 tablespoon of oil at a time until it forms a dough.
- Turn the dough out onto parchment or waxed paper. Knead (and smooth) oil into the dough until it reaches a stretchy, slime-like consistency.
- If the honey slime becomes sticky or stiff while playing, add a little more oil.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature. If refrigerated, the slime will become stiff. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature before manipulating.
*While food coloring is not required for the slime, you could add gel food coloring to create a variety of colors.
Bee Activities with Edible Honey Slime
You’ve made the slime and now you’re ready to play! Let children explore on their own, or create some valuable learning opportunities with a few simple bee-themed accessories.
- Play with textures related to honeycomb by flattening the honey slime then pressing various patterns into it (bubble wrap, honeycomb noodles or cereal, hexagon-shaped pattern blocks, wall/floor tile samples).
- Knead gold sequins or glitter into the play dough to create a glittery slime with a bumpy texture.
- Provide small, plastic bees to hide and find in the slime.
- Provide honey dippers to use for grabbing, stirring, scooping, rolling, and pressing the honey slime.
- Press plastic/faux flowers into the slime to make patterns.