DIY sensory activities: non-toxic slime

Your child will explore new sensations and develop their motor skills while they squish, pull, and stretch this non-toxic recipe!

Make your own slime for an ooey-gooey sensory experience!

What child doesn’t love slime? And using just two ingredients, you can make a flubbery slime for a fun sensory experience for your child. They will discover and explore new sensations while they squish, pull, pinch, and stretch this non-toxic recipe!

This activity can also help a child develop their motor skills through shaping, molding, and squeezing the slime!

Video content description: recipe video demonstrating how to make slime for children.

What you’ll need

  • 2 tablespoons of fibre supplement with psyllium husk
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Microwave safe bowl

What to do

Step 1: In a large bowl, add 2 tablespoons of a psyllium based fibre supplement. We used smooth Metamucil which worked a treat!

Step 2: Add 1 cup of water and stir.

Step 3: Add 3-5 drops of your choice of food colouring and stir.

Step 4: Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Make sure you use a large microwave safe bowl and watch closely as it does bubble up!

Step 5: Cool completely – this can take up to an hour.

Step 6: Squish!

Tips and tricks

Tip 1: Make sure you let the slime cool completely before touching it – it can be piping hot when it first comes out of the microwave! This can take up to an hour.

Tip 2: For a more gooey and sticky slime, use only 1 tablespoon of fibre.

Tip 3: For a less sticky and more flubbery slime, use 3 tablespoons of fibre.

Tip 4: Make sure you use a large microwave safe bowl as it can bubble up and over!

Tip 5: To make brightly coloured slime, try to find an un-coloured fibre supplement (still with psyllium husk as the main ingredient) and then add the food colouring.

Tip 6: Some food colouring can stain little fingers, so if this is a worry, just leave it out!

Tip 7: If your child does not like the texture, try putting the slime in a sandwich bag instead which gives a different sensory experience.

Tip 8: Fibre supplements are edible, however we always recommend supervising small children.