You all have heard about regular slime and probably have kids who just adore making it, but have you heard about magnetic slime? I was surfing my FB newsfeed and happened upon a video about magnetic slime. I was sold.
This is the coolest concept ever!
One thing Iâ€™ve learned while raising three kids is that theyâ€™re fascinated by the weirdest of things. One kid loves science experiments that lead to a pop, bang or a huge mess while the other kids enjoy less messy science play.
Iâ€™ve noticed that putty or slime is one of thing two of my three kids enjoy using as a stress reliever. The texture of slime or putty when held helps keep your mind off those anxious thoughts and indeed works to calm you, but what are the benefits of magnetic slime?
Benefits of Magnetic Slime
I have only been a homeschool parent for a little over a year, while my oldest has been homeschooling for two years, it was through a virtual charter school. This is my second year being an actual teacher to our younger sons, and things like magnetic slime open the door to hands-on science education.
When you opt to buy magnetic slime or make magnetic slime, you get to encourage your kids to use their creative thinking skills. As you work to encourage playtime with science items like magnetic slime, your kids start to develop an interest in science and expand their thinking towards new creative outlets to use the magnetic slime in experiments.
Our kids are being raised in a digital age. This means many kids would prefer to be sitting in front of an electronic device as opposed to going outdoors or doing some hands-on science experiments. You could find that magnetic slime encourages playtime and less electronic time in the home.
What materials do you need to make magnetic slime?
There are some online recipes to make magnetic slime, but I much prefer purchasing things. With that being said, if you want to make magnetic slime as a more extensive science project during homeschooling, youâ€™ll need the following supplies:
- Liquid starch
- Elmerâ€™s glue
- Iron Oxide powder
- A bowl for mixing
- Plastic spoons for stirring
- A 1/4 cup measuring cup
- A 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon
- A neodymium (rare earth) magnet
What can you do with magnetic slime?
Are you wondering what you can do with magnetic slime? Well, there are many things that you can do with this fun slime experiment. You can just play with magnetic slime as you check out what items around the home activate the magnetic pull.
Hereâ€™s a YouTube video that will show you what you can do with magnetic slime:
At the end of the day, using magnetic slime as part of your homeschool education is a fun way to get the kids involved with hands-on learning beyond the computer screen.