School Age Child Care programing engages students before- and after-school hours in 15 elementary schools in the area. Each month we focus on a different theme; October’s theme is Slimy, Gooey, and Gross! We are having fun with a variety of slippery, gooey, science and art projects. Some projects we have done this month include a site favorite ‘Make Your Own Slime’. See below for our Homemade Slime recipe. We are also creating our own haunted houses complete with a touch and feel station — slimy, gooey, and gross!
CATCH Kids Club is an after-school recreation program that is designed to promote healthy physical activity and eating behaviors in elementary school-age children. This month we are noticing what happens when our bodies really get moving. Sites are using a variety of games, such as “Dragon’s Tail”, which is a running/dodging game played similarly to capture the flag. Site directors discuss with the children how they can monitor their heart rate and track it. Sites have made charts with the children to use as visual tools to see their progress each day.We get sweaty, breathe heavier, our heart rates increase, and we want to drink water. These are all signs that we are playing hard and getting stronger. We are also celebrating each child’s individual talents and accomplishments through sharing and team building.
School-Aged Childcare Coordinator
Make Your Own Slime
2 Disposable Cups
Food coloring (you pick the color)
Borax Powder (available at most large grocery stores near the laundry detergent)
A plastic spoon (for stirring)
A tablespoon (for measuring)
- Fill one small cup with water and add a spoonful of the Borax powder and stir it up, then set aside.
- Fill the other small cup with about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the glue.
- Add three tablespoons (20 ml) of water to the glue and stir.
- Add a few drops of the food coloring and stir it up until mixed.
- Now the fun part…Add one tablespoons of the Borax solution you made earlier and stir well.
- Watch the slime form!
- After the slime forms let it sit for about 30 seconds and then pull it off the spoon and play with it!
Tip: Keep your slime in a tightly closed plastic bag when you are not playing with it.