Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Edible Chocolate Slime

Edible chocolate slime! Okay, so it really doesn't taste good, but it is relatively harmless if you do happen to taste it, and I really think that any kind of sensory activity that smells as good as chocolate should be safe to taste...especially if you're doing it with preschoolers who are likely to taste it!


SAFETY NOTE: This is not food. Do not feed it to your children! Some children may get sick or have intestinal distress if they eat this! Always consult a doctor for questions about what to feed your children!

The last two Septembers we have celebrated Roald Dahl's birthday with chocolate themed activities because he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which we read aloud. All of my kids loved reading/listening to this story...we really need to read the sequel!

At any rate, we also love chocolate, things that smell like chocolate, and slime! And since we're working on making storybook themed slimes, I thought chocolate slime would be perfect!

Normally we make slime with borax, but my youngest is getting more and more interested in what we're doing lately, so I wanted a slime she could play with too. Plus, remember that I think anything that smells like chocolate should be safe to taste? Well this was no exception!

It took a lot of research and some experimenting, but we came up with a fun, edible slime recipe!

SAFETY NOTE: This is not food. Do not feed it to your children! Some children may get sick or have intestinal distress if they eat this! Always consult a doctor for questions about what to feed your children!


3 EASY Ingredients:
7 gel capsuls psyllium husks (just over 1/2 tablespoon...crack the capsuls open and pour the psyllium into your microwave safe bowl)
1/3 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1- Mix the ingredients together and let them sit for 2-3 minutes to thicken slightly.


2- Microwave the mixture for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, stirring when it rises to overflowing (about every 30 seconds).

SAFETY NOTE: The slime is very hot when it comes out of the microwave! Let it cool completely before you touch it and make sure it is completely cool before you let your children touch it!

3- This recipe was a little stiffer than I like for slime--it almost had a playdough texture! To get it more goey, you simply microwave it for less time. When you pull it out of the microwave, it is hot, goey, and stuck to the sides of the bowl. It easily peels off and continues to thicken as it cools.

Here's what it looks like immediately after coming out of the microwave:


...and peeling the slime off the bowl:


...and playing with the chocolate slime:



Because it is made with edible ingredients, I would not expect it to keep more than a day or two. (The borax recipes keep for weeks!)

We had a ton of fun with this...my kids loved the chocolate smell and all of them tasted their slime! (Nobody liked it, lol!) They were cautious because they still remembered our chocolate sensory activity/lesson, and they knew we hadn't added an sweetener! The smell, however, was still amazing!

A Note About Psyllium Husks: Psyllium husks are a natural plant fiber usually sold in pharmacies, next to fiber supplements and laxatives. You can buy the gel capsuls and crack them open like I did, or just buy the psyllium powder.

AND, since I bought a whole bottle of psyllium, I have more edible slime recipes coming very soon!!



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Happy Educating,
Carla


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