I’m always looking for new sensory friendly activities for my autistic daughter. And sensory friendly activities for myself, for that matter. I’ve probably gone into it before, but if you don’t know? I have an aversion myself to some sensory activities. My five year old loves to play with slime.
But, my autistic daughter and I? Not so much.
Still, I wanted to find some easier sensory friendly activities that we could all enjoy. Even if my autistic daughter may require other tools so we don’t have to be hands-on with the slime. To go along with the upcoming fall season (and because NY is absolutely gorgeous at this time of the year), we’re trying out this fall leaves slime for our sensory play.
How to Make Fall Leaves Slime
As I’ve mentioned already, I’m not the craftiest of moms. Can I do some stuff? Of course. I actually like crocheting and cross stitch. But, hands-on kids crafts? Not so much. I’ve done a few things here and there with my youngest.
However, my patience level and my oldest’s patience level aren’t quite as high when it comes to hands-on crafts.
Here’s what you need for the fall leaves slime:
- 1 bottle clear Elmer’s glue (or 3/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 tablespoon contact lens solution
- 1 1/2 tablespoon glitter (each for green, gold, copper, and red)
- Maple leaf foil confetti
Now that you have your ingredients together, here’s what you do next:
Empty the glue into a large bowl and then add 1/2 cup of warm water and stir to combine.
Add the baking soda, and if you are adding glitter, mix thoroughly. Add the contact lens solution and continue to stir.
Mix in your confetti at this point too:
Continue to stir until you have a small ball. Your slime will still be a little bit sticky at this point. But continue to knead, like you would a ball of dough, until your slime is to your liking in terms of consistency.
How to Use Your Fall Leaves Sensory Slime for Sensory Play
Aside from just every day play, you can also do a “find the leaves” game
To modify the game, you can also count the number of gold leaves, yellow leaves, etc.
Tip: store your slime in an airtight container in the refrigerator when not in use.