The other day, I saw a cute carton of chocolate milk slime at the bookstore (strange place for slime). The carton made for cute packaging but it’s been my experience that things like store bought slime and such don’t tend to be as good as homemade slime so I tucked the idea away.
Today, Snuggle Puppy was having a hard day. A hard day. The Husband is away and that triggers all kinds of abandonment and trauma issues for Snuggle Puppy given his past history. After an awful morning and a challenging start to the afternoon, I remembered something I had heard in a podcast from Dr. Karyn Purvis about parenting a child with trauma that recommended sensory activities every two hours for kids from hard places. I know that sensory activities are usually very effective for calming kids so I decided to give it a try.
I got Snuggle Puppy to help me make our chocolate milk slime. I didn’t have borax which most of the online homemade slime recipes call for so I made this slime with items I had in the house. This fun slime uses shampoo and water!
Milky Slime Recipe
You will need:
2 1/4 cups corn starch
1/2 cup unscented shampoo*
2/3 cup chocolate milk
1 Tbsp. water
optional: brown paint or food colouring
*Note: It’s not necessary to use unscented shampoo, but if you use regular shampoo, it will smell like the shampoo and not like chocolate milk.
How To Make Milk Slime:
- Add the shampoo to the corn starch in a large mixing bowl.
2. Slowly stir in the chocolate milk a little bit at a time.
3. Then add the water and mix well.
My Slime Is Too Runny
If when you pick up the chocolate milk slime it’s too runny, you can add a bit more corn starch. Alternatively, if you find that it’s not runny enough, you can add a bit more water or wet your hands and then handle the dough.
If you want it to look more the colour of chocolate milk, you can add a bit of brown paint or brown food colouring. I didn’t have any on hand so ours was only slightly coloured by the chocolate milk itself.
This milk slime is obviously NOT EDIBLE because of the shampoo!
Snuggle Puppy absolutely loved this sensory activity! It really turned his day around. The expressions on his face tell it all!
He spent about half an hour playing with the milk slime and then later went back to play with it again. He found it had hardened a bit but as soon as he added just a bit more water, it was back to the right consistency. When he was finished playing with it the second time, we put the goop into a resealable plastic bag and sealed tightly to store for another day.
Storing Your Slime
***UPDATE*** Due to a comment on The Chaos and The Clutter’s Facebook Page from a very astute reader, I realized that since this has actual chocolate milk in it, it needs to be stored in the fridge. Alternatively, you could play around with using chocolate syrup and water instead of the chocolate milk.
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So sorry for your hard day as I truly know what “hard” means in that area. My husband and I have never left for more than few hours, because it’s too much for our daughter (and at times the other special needs kiddos too). I can’t imagine what it would be like to have your hubby away on business. I’m sure a cell phone must come in handy. 🙂
Thanks for writing this, I know I’m at the point where I have to incorporate sensory activities into the kiddos’ schedule every couple of hours, but the idea just seems exhausting. So many things about my day are so planned. I appreciate you sharing how much it turned him around, as it may just be the incentive I need, because honestly, to have things turn around on those days…
Lastly, thank you for taking the time to write this all down, as I know it takes time out of your busy and chaotic days. It means a lot to people like me. 🙂