One advantage of suffering from constipation whilst I was pregnant (nice hey!) is that I have a large supply of left over fybogel. Fybogel contains ispaghula husk, which is a bulk-forming laxative. Unlike some slime recipes that contain Borax, Fybogel slime is taste safe (although you certainly wouldn’t want your little one to be eating too much!), and we couldn’t resist creating this Easter sensory activity.
Creating Fybogel slime is really easy. Empty three sachets of Fybogel into a small saucepan and add 200ml of water. Place the saucepan on a medium heat and use a wooden spoon to stir continuously. After a few minutes the mixture will start to bubble and stick to the spoon. When the slime moves around the pan in one clump, take the saucepan off of the heat and pour the Fybogel into a container. Place the container into the fridge until the slime has cooled.
For our Easter Sensory Slime I placed the Fybogel into plastic Easter Eggs. I had lots of fun squishing the slime into each egg before closing them up. A recycled egg carton becomes a great holder for the plastic eggs. I had enough Fybogel slime to fill 8 plastic eggs. In the remaining eggs I added little chicks and colourful polystyrene eggs. I wanted it to be a surprise for my son who wouldn’t know what would be in each of the eggs.
On the table I set out a selection of fine motor tools – Jumbo Tweezers, an orange Gator Grabber from our Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set and our new favourite tool – the CleverstiX (featured above). These are training chopsticks, which also aid fine motor skills and handwriting grip. My three year old loves using them.
I set my son the challenge to remove the Fybogel slime from the plastic eggs using only the fine motor tools, and was impressed that he managed the challenge easily. The slime was easy to pick up and came away from the plastic eggs quite nicely!
My son went on to use the fine motor tools to pick up the chicks and polystyrene eggs and added them to the Fybogel slime.
This activity kept him occupied for a long time – what wonderful slimy Easter fun we had!
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