There are so many types of slime. Every time I think we’ve tried them all, we discover another type to make! This textured butter slime was a cool experiment that turned out so well. This sensory play activity engages the tactile, visual, and proprioception sensory systems.
How to make butter slime
Well, first of all, I guess we should start with “what is butter slime?” Contrary to what it sounds like, butter slime doesn’t actually use butter as an ingredient. It gets its name from the buttery texture. Most butter slimes have a non-toxic clay such as Model Magic clay in the recipe. This type of slime moulds well, but it’s not very stretchy.
How to make butter slime without clay
While most butter slime recipes, call for using clay, you can make it without clay. In fact, in our recipe, we didn’t use clay at all. We instead used playdough that had seen better days. If you’re a family or school that uses playdough regularly, chances are, you’ve got some that’s seen better days and needs to be thrown out. The great thing about this recipe is that instead of throwing that dried out playdough out, you can repurpose it into slime!
You can also make butter slime without clay by mixing cornstarch and shampoo. Or it can be made by adding about 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch into a typical liquid starch slime recipe.
Textured Butter Slime Recipe:
- 2-3 Tbsp. dish soap
- foam beads
- 3 oz. dried out playdough (store bought or homemade)
- optional: cornstarch
- Pour about 2 Tablespoons of dish soap into a 3 oz. container of old playdough. If you’ve thrown out the container or are using homemade playdough, do this in a bowl.
- Begin mixing. The texture will determine your next step.
- If the dough is getting softer and is not at all sticky, you can add an additional Tablespoon of dish soap and continue mixing. If the dough takes on a sticky texture, a sprinkling of cornstarch can be added.
- Next, add as many foam beads as you like. This will be what adds the texture.
- Mix the beads and the dough together well.
Invite your children to play, stretch and mold the textured doh. The dough can now be stretched, moulded, and played with. It is soft and can also be cut with a craft stick or plastic knife, just like butter.
Adding the foam beads offers a great twist on the texture. This provides additional tactile sensory feedback.
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