Leave it to kids to create the best ideas! While I thought of the nativity slime on my own, it was the imagination of one of the kids that came up with the concept of creating a manger with the slime. The results? Wow!
I love how this activity allows kids to use their imaginations and interact with the Christmas story. It has the added bonus of providing a calming effect!
You can see that in the video below that this slime has just the right amount of stretch and so many play possibilities.
Nativity Slime Recipe:
- 1 cup clear glue
- 2-3 Tbsp. contact lens saline solution
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- gold and silver glitter
- mini nativity figures (buttons)
- mini Good Shepherd figures (buttons)
- Pour the glue into a large mixing bowl and add the baking soda.
- Begin to add the contact lens solution a few drops at a time as you stir.
- When you find that the mixture begins to pull away from the bowl, knead by hand.
- Add the glitter. Knead.
- Add the nativity figures and and fold them in.
- Continue kneading.
- The slime is now ready for play.
Dress It Up 7473 NativityDress It Up Buttons 8816 The Good ShepherdElmer’s Liquid School Glue, Clear, Washable, 1 Gallon – Great for Making SlimeEquate Saline Solution for Sensitive Eyes Twin Pack, 12 fl oz, 4 count
Slime Troubleshooting Tips:
If the slime is too sticky, you can try these tips:
- knead the slime for longer
- add a drop or two of baby oil
- or put in a drop or two more of the contact solution
If the slime is too runny, you can try this:
- mix in a bit more glue
If the slime has lost its stretch:
- soak in hot water
- or add a small dollop of lotion
Sensory and Learning Opportunities for the Nativity Slime:
Slime allows children (or adults) to engage their visual, tactile, and proprioceptive sensory systems. Because of the way that it engages the proprioceptive system, playing with the slime can have a calming effect.
Kids can use their imaginations to move the nativity figures through the slime or on top of the slime. If they want to, they can even make a complete manger scene with the slime and nestle the baby Jesus inside. Have your child hold and squish and pull their slime while you are reading them the Christmas Story. Allowing them to engage in sensory play will actually help them be more attentive to the story and the figures in the slime will help reenforce the story and improve their memory.
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