When we made our original stretchy Christmas Tree Slime, the kids enjoyed it, but were wishing they could have slime that actually looked like a Christmas Tree and count be “decorated”. This holiday scented Christmas tree slime is just what they were looking for! This holiday scented Christmas tree slime allows kids to use their imaginations as they “decorate” the tree. It also provides tactile, visual, olfactory (scent), and proprioceptive sensory feedback.
Holiday Scented Christmas Tree Slime Recipe:
- 5 oz. clear glue
- 1/2 cup water
- green candy colour (you can also use food colouring or paint if you prefer)
- pine essential oil
- green glitter
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp contact solution
- pom poms
- In a bowl, pour 5 oz. of clear glue.
- Add 1/2 cup of water. Mix until the glue has broken up and is incorporated into the water. I use warm water for this so that it mixes more easily.
- Add a few drops of green candy color, mixing until you get the perfect Christmas tree colour.
- Add a drop or two of pine essential oil.
- Sprinkle in your glitter. I used a mix of chunky and fine glitter. Stir everything together.
- Mix in 1/2 tsp. baking soda. The baking soda will help determine your slime’s thickness.
- Mix in 1 Tbsp of contact solution. Be sure that your contact solution contains boric acid. Contact solution determines the stickiness of the slime. The slime will be ready to knead when it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Knead the slime. At first, it will be sticky. Just keep kneading it! If you have to, you can add a little bit more contact solution, but be careful not to over-activate it by adding too much.
- Add some multi-colour pompoms as the “ornaments” on the tree.
- Be sure to store the slime in an airtight container.
During the holidays, it can be even more important to have sensory play activities around. When kids aren’t doing their regular routine, they can have a harder time self-regulating. Ensuring that they are receiving plenty of sensory input, particularly the type that provides proprioceptive feedback can help them to regulate.
With kids not only being out of routine, but also not receiving as much natural sensory input at school or out in the community, you will need to provide many opportunities for them. Holiday themed sensory play is an easy way to do that.
Here are some other holiday sensory play ideas: