Sensory Slime Therapy Ideas

By far, this is my favorite thing to make with kids! It’s motivating, easy to make, and tons of fun for everybody! Any guesses?! It… is…

SLIME! Or flubber, or gak, or whatever your preferred term is!

I know there are many recipes out there, but here is my personal favorite:


2 4oz white Elmer’s Glue Bottles

Food Coloring

1 teaspoon of Borax

1/2 cup hot/warm water

1 cup of water (used to fill the empty glue bottles so tap water is fine)


1) Take the tops off of both glue containers and squeeze all of the glue into a large bowl.

2) Fill the glue bottles with water and put the caps on. Shake, shake, shake! Pour the water into the bowl.

3) Add food coloring (if desired) and mix.

4) In a separate bowl, mix the warm/hot water and the Borax until it is fully dissolved.

5) Pour the Borax solution into the glue solution and mix!! (**Note: you might not need all of the Borax solution so pour slowly!)

6) As you are adding in the Borax solution, mix together with your hands until you get the consistency you want!

Therapy Applications:

1) This can obviously be used for sensory seeking children as a ‘break’ or a motivator.

2) Using cookie cutters or plastic letter magnets to practice speech sounds, shapes, and other basic concepts.

3) Bury laminated target cards for the child to dig and find during drill.

4) Using descriptive speech when feeling the slime. You could also put small items inside the slime to describe as well such as marbles, Legos, or shells.

5) Following receptive directions to (a) make the slime and (b) do actions with the slime. For example, roll the slime into a snake or blow a bubble into the slime.

6) Work on fine motor skills. You can even cut this slime with those small, child-friendly scissors!

7) Have fun! Blowing bubbles into the slime with a straw is great fun!! To do this, ball up the slime and put the ball on top of one end of a straw. Press down on all sides of the slime to seal it to the table (a great group task for multiple children). Once the sides are sealed around the straw, gently blow and see how big you can make the bubble!

Why It’s Great!:

1) It’s relatively low odor for those kids who are sensitive to different smells. Definitely not as strong of an odor as Play-doh!

2) It’s easy to make, and made out of child friendly materials! (nothing toxic)

3) It’s motivating! Even more than the iPad (in my experience).

4) It can be used for a variety of goals and children. You can make it one session (following directions), basic concepts the next, and articulation the next!

Any other great therapy ideas for this stuff? I keep it in a Tupperware container after it’s made and it can last for quite a while, depending on how often it’s used.

Enjoy! I’ll upload pictures once I make it again! 🙂


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