Ask any kiddo what their favorite zoo animal is, and I’m sure you’ll get a ton of answers. Mine changes every day, too, so I can’t judge. Want to know how to make slime with kids during a preschool zoo theme? This super easy zebra slime idea would be perfect for any zebra lovers.
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Slimy Sensory Play for a Zoo Theme
Of course, I think older kiddos would enjoy this simple zebra slime too. I know I did. As I said, this slimy sensory activity is easy peasy. We made a batch of white slime and a batch of black slime. Then we made the slimes into stripes and added our zebras to the play.
After a long time playing, the slime started to combine of course. It had a grayish marbling effect before eventually turning completely gray. So the stripey-ness doesn’t last indefinitely, but that didn’t matter one little bit to us. We still managed to get a lot of hands-on play time with the zebras and their lookalike slime.
How to Make Zebra Slime
Are you wondering how to make slime? We used our super easy basic slime recipe for both the white and black slimes, adjusting a bit to get the slime as black as we could.
To make the white slime, we used one bottle of white school glue. That got poured into a bowl. Then we filled the glue bottle up with warm water, shook the bottle, and poured the water into the bowl with the glue. Everything got mixed together with a large craft stick. Then it was time to add the liquid starch. For this batch, we added about three ounces of liquid starch to the bowl and then slowly mixed everything together. Once it started to pull away from the bowl, we kneaded the slime (yes, just like you’d knead bread dough). Once it reached the consistency we wanted, we set it aside.
Next up was our black slime. We used a bottle of clear glue for this one, as I wanted the coloring to show through as well as possible. Glue went into a bowl. Filled up the empty bottle with warm water, shook it, and added it to the glue. At this step, we added some black liquid watercolors (less than a tablespoon) and stirred everything with a stick. About four ounces of liquid starch went into this batch (because the clear bottles are bigger than the white glue bottles). Mixed and kneaded and ready to go from there.
Have you taught a zoo theme with your kiddos before? What would they think of this zebra slime?