Did I get your attention?? I am working in the 18 month old classroom this summer and while this group isn’t really putting anything in their mouths, I still like to make sure everything is non-toxic and even better, made from edible ingredients. This was a big hit with both me and the kids!!
You will never believe what this stuff is made of, seriously. Check out the ingredient list:
- 1 cup water
- Plastic Glitter
- Food coloring
- 1 1/2 spoonfuls Metamucil (I had plastic spoons on hand and this is what I found worked, this probably translates to a heaping tablespoon)
Did you catch that last one?? Seriously people, the fiber supplement (the one with the psyllium husks) and water are the basic ingredients! Got to love a sensory activity where the worse thing that happens if they eat it is that they poop and it is glittery. I will take that one! Plus it is super cool to play with, it is kind of the consistency of snot, but in a cool way if that makes any sense.
It was super easy to put together, I just put the water, Metamucil, glitter and a splash of food coloring (to make orange I didn’t add any food coloring just the glitter, for purple I added purple glitter and the smallest bit of blue food coloring) in a bowl and popped it in the microwave for 3 minutes. I put the bowl on a paper towel because most of the time it overflowed in the first cook but no worries because it is an EASY clean up.
I brought it out after the 3 minutes and stirred it and put it back in for another minute and a half. The microwave I used at work is really old, my one at home is much newer and I would probably start with 2 and a half minutes at first. What I did notice however is it seems pretty thick after the 3 minutes and then after the additional 1 and a half minutes, it may seem like it got thinner. Don’t worry. Just stir it again and pour it out onto a plate. As it cools, it comes together to the awesome consistency.
Also, a quick note about glitter, glitter can be metal or glass, for the school we get child safe plastic glitter, but if you don’t get specific plastic or non metal glitter, don’t add it- metal in the microwave is a no go. I am sure other glitter will be fine, just make sure it isn’t metal glitter.
This stuff is seriously so cool that it is going to be in my top 10 favorite activities, so much fun!