Watermelon slime


Bring on the summer fun with bubblegum pink watermelon slime

Jun 18, 2020

This piece was updated on June 18, 2020. If your kids love gum and all things ooey gooey, listen to The Story Store's premiere episode The Girl Who Liked Gum — season two is available wherever you listen to podcasts beginning today!

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.

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!

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So with summer on its way, I thought it would be fun to make something inspired by our favourite summer fruit.

Adding stones to watermelon slime.

Plus it's a great way to make use of time indoors — and we are very much a have-glue-will-slime family. So let's get this bubblegum pink watermelon slime started!

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.

Stretch the watermelon slime.

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.

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

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Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. On her blog And Next Comes L, Dyan shares her story of raising a child with hyperlexia, hypernumeracy and autism, amongst a variety of sensory activities for kids. You can find out more about their story on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


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