I love science--especially messy, hands-on science. This past year, I wanted to find some more messy, hands-on activities that would allow my students to practice the rules on our Science Safety Contract and get really, really excited about science at the same time.
So I tried this activity on Pinterest: GLITTER SLIME
(I used white glue. Because I'm cheap and didn't want to buy clear glue. The kids loved it just the same. We also used neon food coloring.)
My kids got to practice listening and following directions...
I guess we could just go over the rules again and make another anchor chart. But seriously...look at that face!
We constantly reviewed the rules on our science safety contract...listening carefully, following all directions, not touching anything without permission, and definitely not tasting anything!
The kids recorded their experiences in their science notebooks. You can download the recording sheet here:
I even included the recipe if they wanted to try it at home.
Safety Note: The above recipe uses Borax, which you can find in the laundry aisle. It is not the same thing as Boric Acid, which I would never let kindergartners use. But it is still a chemical. I did a lot of research (as in googling) to see if it was safe for kids. I feel comfortable doing this activity with my students. The American Chemical Society even has a similar recipe on their website here (and I guess they would know, right?)
Make sure the kids do not eat any of the ingredients. Make sure they wash their hands after playing with the slime. And always check and follow your school and district policies about using potentially hazardous materials in the classroom!