My busy boys love studying rocks. It’s one of their favorite unit studies and I often find them pulling out their rock collections and playing. In the past we have made rock and gemstone sensory bins, but this time we decided to incorporate our favorite new medium for sensory exploration, slime!
Check out our Geology Gemstone Slime.
We love collecting gemstones and rocks. It’s a family thing we all participate in, and we have quite the collection! Personally my favorites are quartz, amethyst, jasper, emeralds, and sapphires. When the boys recently pulled out all of their rocks and gemstones to play and explore, I decided to try something a little different.
Normally I create a sensory bin type of set up with the rocks, but our sight words slime was such a big hit I wanted to try making a slime inspired by our love of rocks.
It is the most beautiful slime we have ever made!
It is also my personal favorite. I loved playing with the slime and watching the light playing off the crystals and the slime. It moved easily and comfortably in my hand, and was generally a very soothing and stunning slime to explore.
Always make sure you are making and using slime safely.
Supplies to Make Geology Gemstone Slime
My boys have a rock tumbler and the rocks they polished with the tumbler were a great size, but rocks with a less polished finish stick better in the slime. Make sure the rocks are clean and not breaking down in anyway.
Make Geology Gemstone Slime
Add 1/2 cup of glue to a bowl (or one regular sized bottle), sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix well. Add a few drops of food coloring of your choice and mix.
Start incorporating the buffered saline a few drops at a time. Mix well each time you add a few drops. Once it starts to pull together add some saline to your hands and pick up the slime to start working it with your hands. It will start out very sticky, but as you knead and work it, the stickiness will go away.
Once you have a nice slime incorporate your favorite rocks and gemstones.
Explore and play with your geology gemstone slime!