I have two friends whose kids adore making all kinds of slime. I can’t believe we waited as long as we did to try mixing up our own. It wasn’t nearly as messy as I expected, and my kids enjoyed it. Right away I realized how slime could be an activity to go with children’s books.
10+ Super Slime Recipes To Go With Children’s Books
I love giving kids a way to create pretend play related to a book we’ve read together. Slime is an ideal book extension activity because while you’re mixing it up you can discuss the story. For instance, you can talk about how the color or additions to the slime go with the story,
Then, once it’s ready to play with you can let them interact with it in their own creative way.
Here are some of my favorite Slime Recipes inspired by children’s books…
First, I know you’ll love our bright and interesting Pete the Cat slime activity. The subtle sound it makes as you play with it adds an extra sensory element, too.
Next up is an ABC slime inspired by the classic letter learning book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It’s a brilliant early literacy activity!
This watermelon puffy slime matches perfectly with the book The Watermelon Seed and also would be fantastic for a watermelon theme unit.
If you want to talk about fears, Go Away Big Green Monster can help get the conversation started. Then, have the kids retell the story with this sparkly green monster slime activity!
I love this creative slime recipe that uses clear slime with add-ins to correspond with Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?.
If you’re a Mo Willems fan like I am, I think you’ll love this adorable Elephant and Piggie Slime. It would make a great gift too!
This creative little fishbowl slime wasn’t meant to go with a book, but I think it’s a perfect companion for The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and J Alison James or A Fish Out Of Water by Helen Palmer.
There are loads of slimes based on Dr. Seuss books…
Let’s start with a Cat in the Hat slime activity, perfect for a random Tuesday, or for celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The red and white of the slime are incredibly intense colors!
This engaging Green Eggs and Ham-inspired slime activity is fabulous for fine motor skill strengthening.
Another Seuss favorite is the iconic book The Lorax – and we found two completely different slime ideas to go with it. The first Lorax slime activity has kids create their own Lorax. This Earth Slime is another fun recipe also inspired by The Lorax.
If your kids like Dr. Seuss’s book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish they may enjoy working on colors and counting with this fun yellow slime activity.
Slime is much more than just slimy goo to play with. It incorporates science, sensory play, fine motor skills, and yes, even literacy. That’s a long list of benefits for such a simple activity!
Which one will you try first?