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Taste-safe slime recipes for sensory messy play

Taste safe slime is great for children of all ages and stimulates the sense of taste along with touch and smell. It’s terrific for messy play which promotes development associated with the three pillars of early childhood development. There is a slime recipe out there for just about any occasion. Here are a few versions of taste-safe slime to try with your little ones.

Jelly Bear Slime

Jelly bear slime is fun as you watch whole jelly bears melt into a slimy mass as they transition into a messy play activity. Please note *This recipe requires melting sugar-based candy which can become extremely hot, so take caution when doing step 1 and 2 of this recipe, especially with small children around. Make sure a parent or supervising adult is available to help with this part of the recipe - children should not handle hot sugar.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp corn-starch
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp coconut oil
1 cup Jelly bears (or any type of jelly sweets)

Instructions:

1. Microwave Jelly bears in a heat-safe bowl on high until the sweets are completely melted. Continue to stir the mixture while heating in 10-15 second intervals until the mixture is gooey.

2. Add powdered sugar and corn-starch stirring in equal amounts, until the Jelly bear slime forms a cohesive ball. Use sifted ingredients for the best results.

3. As the slime comes together and is too tough to stir with a spoon, you can begin to knead the mixture by hand.

4. Add a sprinkle of corn-starch little by little until slime no longer sticks to hands.

This slime can be made ahead of time to allow time for it to cool sufficiently. It can be stored in an airtight bag or container at room temperature for up to a week. And don’t worry about stains and spills - OMO is here to help with stain removal so that you can enjoy the activities with your kids.

Custard Slime Recipe:

This slime recipe is akin to a very thick custard but is quite versatile. It can be used as a gooey textured product or as a firmer almost jelly-like result depending on how long you cook it. The texture of this recipe is relatively lumpy and sits somewhere between batter and slime. Make sure a parent or supervising adult is available to help with the part of the recipe that requires cooking - children should not handle the hot ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 cups water
½ cup custard powder
½ cup corn-starch
1 tbsp sugar

Instructions:

1. Combine ½ the water with the custard powder, corn starch and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan.

2. Once there are no lumps, add the remaining water and continue stirring over a medium heat.

3. Cook the mixture until it begins to cling or clump around your spoon but be sure to remove it from the heat before it turns into a dough.

This slime can be made ahead of time to allow sufficient time for it to cool before use. If this activity ends in a mess OMO is perfect to help with removing dirt and stains - our products take the stress out of messy activities and give you the freedom to enjoy messy play the way it should be."

Rice Cereal Slime

Gluten, dairy and nut-free, this slime is perfect as a starter slime for babies or families with food allergies. This slime can be made ahead of time to allow sufficient time for it to cool before use. Make sure a parent or supervising adult is available for the parts of the recipe that require cooking - children should not handle the hot ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 cup baby rice cereal
1 cup corn-starch
2 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil  

Instructions:

1. In a large saucepan combine all the dry ingredients.

2. Add the oil and the water and mix well.

3. On a medium heat, stir the mixture until it begins to thicken and then reduce the heat to low.

4. Cook the slime for approximately 10 minutes until it begins to darken.

5. Remove from the heat and place it into a bowl or bag and allow it to cool before use.

6. The mixture can be stored in an airtight container or the fridge until you are ready to use it.

Babies can get messy when exploring their newfound senses but don't worry about the mess because OMO is here to help. Keep messy play fun by removing the stress of stain removal with OMO detergents.

Instant Pudding Slime

Instant pudding slime is a quick and easy slime recipe that does not require heating or cooking. It’s perfect if you are short of time and in need of some quick, taste-safe entertainment for the little ones. Instant pudding comes in loads of different flavours which add different colours, smells, and taste options to make your playtime more fun.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup instant pudding mix
1 cup of corn-starch
1/3 cup water

Instructions:

1. Start by adding the instant pudding mix into a bowl with the corn-starch, making sure it’s well combined.

2. Pour in the water and stir vigorously until the mixture contains no clumps (a whisk works really well here). If need be, you can break apart lumps with a spoon.

3. As a crumbly dough begins to form, use your hands to mix and knead the mixture until it comes together with a tacky texture.

4. If your mixture feels too dry and crumbly, continue to add a teaspoon of water at a time until it reaches the desired texture – it should be firm enough to hold but not crumbly. If it feels too sticky, add equal parts of pudding mix and corn-starch until it firms up.

5. You will notice that the more you stir and knead it, the better the consistency will get.

You don't have to worry about getting dirty because OMO is here to take care of the stains no matter what flavour or flavours you opt for, in the end.

General additions

Use edible glitter, essence, extract, food colouring, hundreds and thousands and sprinkles to add bright colour and fun textures to your slimes. These slimes can also be enjoyed with other sensory features such as toy animals, water beads, strings, pasta and rice. Add any of these to your landscapes of edible wonders for a sensory bin that will bring hours of entertainment. Remember when putting non-edible pieces into your taste-safe slime to clearly indicate to your children that they are not for eating. There are endless ways to take your edible slimes to the next level. Why not share some of your ideas and successes with us on Facebook.

Storage

Although fresh slimes can be stored in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks, it’s best to make new batches of these slimes each time they have been used. This is because many of the ingredients are perishable and will not retain their desired textures.

These slimes are ideal as fillers for your sensory bins to encourage sensory play. And don’t worry about stain removal after a session of messy play, OMO Washing powder and other laundry detergents are perfect for the job. For more washing tips and messy play activities for kids, why not explore the rest of the OMO website?