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Edible Gloopy Slime for Sensory Play

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One of the common questions I have been asked by parents lately has been requests for sensory play ideas for toddlers who are still putting everything in their mouth.

This being said, there is certainly a lot for a young child to learn from their environment by mouthing so it really isn’t a behaviour that should be discouraged (unless you have a delightful child like mine who enjoys mouthing less than delightful things such as snails – bleh!).

Toddler Safe Taste Safe Gloopy Slime

Babies and toddler have a whole lot more sensory receptors in their mouth to learn about textures, temperatures, densities, shapes, flavours and so much more compared to us adults.

With a brain screaming out for input and a huge amount of sensory receptors in their mouth, it’s no wonder why our toddlers put everything straight into their oral cavity.

I have highlighted a few taste safe sensory play mediums in previous posts.

While these all have their merits, there is another taste safe sensory play medium that we use and love.

It’s sticky, gloopy, feels cold and mooshy and is totally safe to ingest. I may even go out on a limb and safe that it could be a great source of fibre (hence how it ended up in our pantry to begin with).

How to make your Gloopy Slime

The active ingredient in our taste safe slime can be used in smoothies, sprinkled onto cereal or yoghurt, added to breads or crumbs and all sorts.

It’s known as a high fibre health food and is often used to help relieve constipation.

Any guesses?

The main ingredient in our DIY Gloopy Slime is none other than good old Psyllium Husk. You can simply buy it in the health food section of your supermarket.

The beauty of this recipe is that it doesn’t have a long list of steps or certainly doesn’t have any toxic ingredients. In fact there are only two other ingredients, one of them being optional!

So how do you make this amazing, fibre enriched gloopy Psyllium Husk Toddler Safe slime?

All you need is

  • 2 tablespoons of Psyllium Husk
  • 300ml water
  • Food colouring (optional)

Simply mix it all together in a heat proof bowl, pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes and that’s it!

Your slime will be very hot straight out of the microwave so please take care! We put ours in the fridge to help bring it to room temperature a bit quicker or leave it in there to set so it can be cut like jelly!

How to use your Gloopy Slime in your play

So now you have made your homemade toddler safe slime, how do you use it?

Add it to small world play set ups, poke little plastic animals or insects into it, throw it into the bath, put it into a shallow tub and let them wiggle their toes in it, make different colours and have a mash up, pretend it’s aliens brains or giants eye jelly – there are so many ways to use slime!

I’m not a huge fan well not a fan at all of artificial colours (please let me know if you find a natural blue colouring!!) so have resorted to using spices or vegetable powders to colour our slime.

How awesome does the red beetroot powder slime look! Tumeric and paprika always have an amazing colour payoff!

You could also add edible essential oils for an added sensory experience too!

Care to share your fun with our recipes? We would love to see how you use your slime with your toddler. Feel welcome to tag me in @playinspiredmum

I hope this Gloopy Toddler Taste Safe Slime is a hit at your place!

Dani D x

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27 Comments

  1. This is fantastic! I have a 19 month old who doesn’t seem to like anything gloopy, slimey, or ooey-gooey, so I’ve been trying to give her plenty of sensory play options, but it’s definitely been limited because she does still put things in her mouth. This is going to come in SO handy!

    1. Thank you! Sensory play can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. Perhaps try putting things into a zip lock bag and see what she thinks of it? This recipe would be great or otherwise you could also check out our discovery bags. I’d love to hear what she thinks of it!

  2. Amy HandbagMafia says:

    I actually have the ingredients for this! Sounds great!

    1. It’s always a win when that happens isn’t it? Please let us know how you go 😊

  3. Krystal says:

    Looks easy and fun!! If I was to make this on a stove top would I just bring it to boil then cool?

    1. I have made it by just putting the Psyllium Husk into boiling water from the kettle before and it worked out then. I can’t foresee how the stove top wouldn’t work… if you try it, could you please let us know?

  4. HAHA! I am all about the edible GOOPY SLIME! Bring it on! Looks like a fun activity to do with the kids for sure! 🙂

    1. Once they get past the initial eeewww, they love it! It’s so versatile too! Change the colour and you could have monster brains, squid slime or troll loogies 😂

  5. This is great! My youngest is a slime making fanatic. I will be sharing this recipe with her. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! I hope your daughter loves it as much as we do! Feel welcome to share your experience in our Facebook group 🌸

  6. Anna Nwa says:

    I have a son who would love doing this! Can’t wait to try it this weekend 🙂

    1. Awesome! It’s perfect for inside and outside play! Please feel welcome to share your experience with our gloopy slime in our Facebook group 🌸

  7. I really like this idea! Edible goop would be so fun to play with and we all know kids put EVERYTHING in their mouths… haha

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad to see you like it! They certainly do put everything into their mouth don’t they? That is until you have a deadline and they won’t eat their dinner hehe. Being taste safe was a huge inspiration here!

  8. The slime looks so cool! Love that these are all edible. The dinosaur bath looks fun too!
    xoxo
    Annie

    1. Thank you! It really is a super cool play medium! Dinosaurs rock! They make every activity so much more fun!

  9. Slime is such a hot thing right now! Everyone wants to make it! I used to make edible playdoh with peanut-butter and powdered milk!

  10. its a great idea but I think these things are still not in trend in my continent.

  11. growingupglad says:

    This is brilliant. I need to share this with my sister who has a toddler. I love that you came up with a natural, safe alternative to traditional slime.

  12. Ok, so these are super cool. My youngest is in preschool and the older two are 1st and 3rd grade. I think they would love to play with all of these, too. Quite frankly, so would I.

  13. This is fantastic, I shall pass it on to my sister who has a one year old.

  14. bmcharnley says:

    OMG my daughter would have so much fun with this!!! What a fun and interactive activity. Love the colors. Sensory play is always a fun thing to do.

  15. That’s some very interesting slime, especially when you are making these safe to ingest. I would be worried though that my kids would think any kind of slime was edible!

  16. Love this! I need to make this next time my grandbabies come to visit! They are all about things like slime!

  17. I like how safe this slime is for children. Slime is not only for toddlers, teen also love to play and I have seen people around the globe making and playing slim and posted in instagram. Probably way to release stress for adult.

  18. Very interesting. I’m glad the kids had fun.

    1. Thank you! It is such a bizarre substance. Bizarre and totally awesome!

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