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This is a fun messy sensory activity, best done outside on a sunny day. The colourful ice shapes feel cold and slippery in the silky slime. Enjoy watching the colours swirl and mix together as the ice melts.

Time: 24 hours freezing time then 30 mins play
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
Level: Easy

Materials
A variety of ice cube trays or silicone muffin trays
Several colours of food colouring
Water
Large tub
Cornflour (we used a 500g bag)



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Method
Mix up two capfuls of food colouring per litre of water and freeze in ice cube trays or large silicone muffin trays. It's fun to make a range of colours and have a variety of sizes. It's good to have a few large shapes (e.g. silicone muffin size) as these take a long time to melt.
Put the trays in the freezer for at least 24 hours.



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The dinosaur muffin sized trays were great as the shapes took a long time to melt in the slime


Set out a large tub and get stuck in with hands making up a goopy slime mixture by combining cornflour and water. We started with a ratio of 1 cup of cornflour to half a cup of water.



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Making goop


Add the coloured ice shapes and let kids explore the mix any way they choose.
Watch the colours swirl and mix as the ice shapes melt.



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You could also introduce plastic animals.



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Plastic animals added extra fun


Once you have finished playing, scoop the goop mixture into a jar to make great sidewalk paint for another day. The 'paint' dries with a chalky finish.



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Save the goop for sidewalk paint




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Categories
#Under 5s
#5 to 10s
#Easy
#Messy play
#Sensory
#Ice
#Goop
#Cornflour
#Colour mixing
#Food colouring
#Dinosaur
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