Bring on the summer fun with watermelon slime
BY DYAN ROBSON, AND NEXT COMES L
Jul 16, 2018
When it comes to a hot summer day, nothing beats eating a slice or two of watermelon. As far as I'm concerned, summer and watermelon go hand in hand.
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Just ask my kids and my husband, who could devour an entire watermelon in one sitting if I didn't stop them. They absolutely love watermelon!
So when my kids begged to make some slime on one of the first days of summer break, I thought it would be fun to make something inspired by our favourite summer fruit.
Plus it's a great way to make use of those extra glue bottles your kids may have brought home from school!
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 bottle of white Elmer's glue
- 1/4 tsp of baking soda
- a few drops of red food coloring or liquid watercolour
- contact solution — I used Opti-Free Replenish No Rub
- black "seeds" — you can use stones, buttons, pom poms, pony beads, etc.
Empty the bottle of glue into a bowl and add the baking soda and red colouring. I prefer to use liquid watercolours since they are washable and don't stain your hands like food colouring does. Mix well.
Next, I add generous squirts of contact solution and mix. I keep adding the contact solution bit by bit until the mixtures starts to stick to itself and form a ball. I find it takes quite a bit of contact solution.
If you pick up the slime and it is too sticky, then you'll need to add more contact solution. Keep adding it until the slime no longer sticks to your hands. I also like to wet my hands with contact solution and knead the slime a bit to help it get well mixed. Plus it gives me a chance to pull and stretch the slime before the kids run off with it.
Then it's time to add some seeds so it looks more like watermelon. We personally used black stones for our seeds since that is what we had on hand. You could try buttons, pom poms or pony beads. You could even cut out circles from black craft foam if you want to use slightly larger objects for the seeds. Just see what you can find around the house to use!
The kids got a kick out of squishing and folding the seeds into the slime then picking them out one at a time. A great opportunity to work on fine motor skill development! You could also sneak in some math learning if you wanted by encouraging your kids to count the seeds in their slime.