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Tapioca Pearl Slime

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Edible and safe beads, mixed with slime that a child can squeeze, pound, pinch the beads within the slime.

Materials Needed

For Tapioca

  • Tapioca pearls 
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Stove
  • Strainer
  • Container for play

For Slime

  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 2 cups of craft glue
  • 2 cups of water
  • Few drops of food colour of choice

What to do:

For Tapioca

  • Bring 5 cups of water to the boil
  • Add ½ cup of tapioca pearls
  • Cook tapioca pearls in a covered pot until they are floating and tender (It’s best to follow the specific instructions on your packet as brands can differ).
  • Drain and cool completely
  • Put beads in a shallow container with a small amount of water
  • Ready

For Slime

  • Take a big mixing bowl and add water to it.
  • Add glue and give a thorough mix to make a uniform mixture of water and glue.
  • Add a few drops of any food colour. You may add more colour to adjust the colour that you require.
  • Now, add corn starch slowly to the mixture until you reach a desired consistency of slime.

Lastly, mix the tapioca pearls into slime.
Enjoy.

Hints and Tips:

  • You can find tapioca pearls in many Asian supermarkets, or online.
  • Once you are done playing, you can store the beads and slime in a container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • To make the beads bright colours, try adding a couple of drops of food colouring to the cooked pearls, and let them sit for half an hour before rinsing.
  • For a different sensory experience, try the tapioca pearls without mixing through the slime. 
  • Tapioca balls are edible, however we always recommend supervising small children.

Reference:
Tapioca water beads, Aruma
Easy Kid Friendly Slime Recipes, First Cry

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    relates what they are doing with others
    observed and imitates adults actions
    explores materials
    recognises similarities and differences
    can follow 2 or more directions
    pays attention to activities for longer periods of time

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Sensory Games
Last modified on Monday, April 26, 2021
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