Sunday, April 19, 2015

Summer Countdown Slime Activity FREEBIE!

Hi everyone! It's Katie from Simply Creative in KY!
Let's be honest... It's basically the crazy time of the school year right now. Testing is just ending (or just beginning.) Spring break is over. Schedules are no where NEAR normal (field day, field trips, awards, more testing...). 

Sound all too familiar? Don't worry! I'm going to share with you one of my favorite end of the year activities that you can use as an incentive, reward, or fun activity after a morning of testing!
Seriously. I told my kids if they met their MAP goals we would take an afternoon to make slime... Their faces = PRICELESS. They were freaking out about it, and they were so motivated to do well on their MAP test!
Here's my class last year when we made slime... They LOVED it!
Keep reading as I take you through the directions with pictures AND a chance to win the even bigger, FULL product at the end! Because I couldn't make this with my kids AND take pictures (for obvious, messy reasons), I made the slime again with my husband as the photographer for you. (Thank you, Lord, for teacher husbands.)

You will be pleasantly surprised to find that you probably have most of the ingredients for slime in your classroom! The only item I had to purchase myself that I didn't already have was a container of Borax. It's found in the laundry detergent section of your grocery store and is only about $4. 
We forgot to add the bottle of liquid Elmer's glue in this picture! Sorry!
Step One: Pour a bottle of liquid Elmer's glue into a mixing container. I use recycled containers from lunch meat so I have enough for my class! They are the perfect size.
 Step Two: Fill the empty glue bottle with warm water. Put the cap back on and shake.
 Empty the water in with the glue, and add a few drops of food coloring.
 Stir it with a spoon.
Step Three: Pour 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of Borax in a separate cup. Stir it until the Borax dissolves.
Step Four: Poor the Borax mixture into the container with the glue mixture. 
At this point, you'll need to switch from mixing with a spoon to using your hands. If there's excess water still in the container, it's not a big deal. Gather as much of the goopy glue as you can and dump out the extra water.
The more you play with it in your hands, the more solid your slime will become. The kids LOVE this part because they can finally touch it!

Once you're finished, seal it in a sandwich size Ziploc bag to keep it slimy!
 
Now, for your freebie
Included in this freebie is the recipe for making the slime and comprehension questions to go with it. I suggest you have your students read the recipe and answer the comprehension questions BEFORE making it with them. This will help them with following directions! I still have our entire class doing it step-by-step with me when we actually make it, but it's good for students to have some prior knowledge to know what to expect.
Check out the FULL product! 
Leave a comment with your email for a chance to win it!

If you like this freebie, you'll definitely want to check out my full product, which contains six ideas & resources to get you through your last few weeks of school!
 
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I know you'll have tons of fun making slime with your students! Leave a comment on the blog with your email & your favorite end of the year activity for a chance to win the full product. I'll choose a winner on Tuesday!

See you next month!

3 comments:

  1. I would love to do this with my kiddos!! I am planning on doing your amazing freebie after our testing and the whole packet would be awesome!
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  2. I can't wait to make slime using your recipe and questions with my first graders! My favorite end of the year activity is having my husband come in to visit. The kids are always curious about him so he comes to talk about electrical safety (he is an electrical engineer). The kids act star struck when he first comes in but by the end he always has good stories to go back and tell his coworkers.
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  3. Love this!
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