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Edible Gloopy Slime for Sensory Play

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.

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!).

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).

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!

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? I 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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22 thoughts on “Edible Gloopy Slime for Sensory Play”

  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!

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    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!

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    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?

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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