I have been wanting to do this one for a while! We loooove oobleck in our house and when I saw the chia slime that @mothercould posted a while back, I added it to our messy to-do list.
I always love the idea of making slime but never have all the right ingredients. Luckily, my crunchy health-nut husband always has chia seeds on hand and I stocked up on corn starch just for sensory play a few weeks ago (no shame in not buying the organic stuff my friends, just get that cheap tub of corn starch for play and feel good about that $.99 price tag). So I was really excited when I realized I had all the ingredients already on hand!
This is SO easy to make, it just requires a little preparation the night before. It becomes this oobleck like grainy slime that my littles loved spreading all over their animals for a good 30 minutes. It didn't stain their hands (thank you, liquid water colors), it was taste safe if they decided to be bold and try to eat it (they didn't this time...but they could have!), and- best of all- it gave us the chance to practice some new Spanish words while we played.
Now, I'm going to be real with y'all. I was going to set up this elaborate play scene with rocks, grass and have the slime be a river. I was going to add tree's and jungle animals and make it a whole jungle theme. Then reality sunk in, I was a little tired, my kiddos were a little antsy, and I legit just dumped some slime in a bin and they threw in their animals. Guess what? Even without the Instagram worthy set-up, they still loved it. The learning and exploring and FUN was just as meaningful, even without all the work on my end to "make it beautiful". I hope this is encouraging for all you families who just don't have the time to make everything worthy of a Pinterest pin- sometimes all we need to do is dump some stuff in a bin and let our littles explore.
Here's the recipe from @mothercould:
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1 3/4 cup water
Drops of coloring (I used liquid water coloring but you can use food coloring, just beware of skin staining. You will add a LOT of corn starch so make the color pretty dark/vibrant)
3-4 cups of cornstarch
The night before, in a big bowl, mix together your chia seeds, coloring & water. Cover and place in fridge overnight.
The next morning mix in 3-4 cups of corn starch. Go slowly, one up at a time, until you get the consistency you want! It is like a firm oobleck and is SO much fun!
Spanish words we used:
Baba (bah-bah) -slime
Slime (eh-slime) - Slime :) - You can use the word in English too and just use a Spanish accent!
Viscoso (bees-koh-soh) -slimey
baboso (bah-boh-soh) - slimey
Cubrir- (koo-breer)- to cover
Vamos a cubrir los animales (bah-mohs ah koo-breer lohs ah-nee-mahl-ehs) -
Let's cover the animals!
Embrace the mess y'all! Hope you have a wonderful week and I hope this makes it into your messy toddler days sometime soon- it's a good one.