Our sensory project this week is Lumpy Bumpy Sludge, or Eyeball sludge in honor of Halloween. 🙂 To do this sensory project you will need corn starch, canola oil, water, a package of Jello, flour, and mini marshmallows. I call this project sludge instead of slime because the Jello gives it more of a gritty feeling. It will also give this sensory project a good color and smell. I used tropical fusion Jello so it smelled wonderful! Babs even kept saying, “Yum Strawberries!” because it smelled so good!
Some tips and tricks for those of you who have kids like mine that are hesitant to touch any of these gooey concoctions. I usually give Babs some spoons and scoops to use while she explores for the first few minutes. After about five minutes I start to encourage her to touch the sludge with her hands. It helps her if I touch it too.
I have included the recipe for Lumpy Bumpy Sludge below. I have the measurement of marshmallows that we used, however, you can add as many or as little of the mini marshmallows as you would like. It all depends on how lumpy and bumpy you want your sludge to be. You can even pull in some fine motor skills into this sensory play project by encouraging your child to use their thumb and index finger to pinch and pick up the marshmallows. The sludge makes them slippery so it is more of a challenge.
Mix the following ingredients in together in a bowl. Add the flour slowly and the marshmallows last.
Corn starch 1/4 cup
Water- 1 1/2 cups
Canola Oil- 1/3 cup
Flour- 1 1/3 cup
Mini Marshmallows- 3/4 cup
Jello- 3oz package