Watermelon Slime - Summer Fun Recipe for Play
We've been enjoying our favorite summer sensory activities and having a ton of fun with watermelons! Last week we made erupting watermelons, and today I have a new summer fun recipe for play to share: watermelon slime. It's an ooey gooey, slippery, slimy slime recipe that smells just like fresh cut watermelon, and it is too much fun.
How to Make Watermelon Slime
Directions: I scooped out the watermelon and set it aside to eat for lunch, leaving plenty of watermelon juice in the rind.
I filled containers with the glue and starch, and JZ (6) added the ingredients slowly. I used roughly 1 cup of liquid starch and 1.5 cups of school glue, but the measurements weren't exact.
Tank (35 months) saw what we were doing and eagerly joined us. He asked to add in the black beans, or "watermelon seeds". You could, of course, pick out actual watermelon seeds to add to the slime, but who has time for that? The black beans added a unique texture to our homemade slime.
The traditional slime recipe doesn't call for water of any sort. Adding some will make the slime, well, more slimy. The watermelon juice certainly made this batch of slime incredibly slippery and slimy, although it still had the usual stretchy qualities. Skip the watermelon if you want thick, stretchy slime that lasts for months.
Please note: This recipe is not for children who are still tasting sensory materials. Tank is past the mouthing phase.
He was enthralled with our watermelon slime.
It helped that my other two boys didn't partake in this sensory activity, leaving more room for Tank and JZ to freely play.
Of course JZ loves anything slime. He will drop anything to make a new batch of slime. He loves the soft and squishy texture, and he enjoys lifting and pulling slime as far as he can stretch it.
Slime is another favorite play recipe for boosting fine motor skills.
Unlike our usual slime recipe, this watermelon slime did not last. Instead of becoming thicker and stretchier with time it got smoother and watery. I'm guessing that the natural sugar from the watermelon changed the chemical balance of the slime ingredients. It was still worth making, but please know that this slime is really only good for one play time.
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