So we were trying to make scented watermelon slime today, which was a massive fail (I’ll explain more in a minute!). But in the process we made this awesome lemonade slime! It smells fabulous and it provides tons of stretchy, gooey fun!
This was our first attempt at adding scents to slime. I know there are eleventy-billion YouTube videos out there that show how to make every type of slime imaginable, but honestly YouTube is not my favorite. So I decided to just try watermelon slime with glue, liquid starch, and Kool-Aid powder.
Well, that didn’t work!
The Kook-Aid powder has citric acid in it, which apparently works against the reaction that causes the slime to become… slime. Our watermelon slime smelled wonderful, but it was a drippy, runny mess.
I decided that lemon would also smell nice and summery, so I googled whether or not lemon essential oil was acidic. It’s made from the oils in the lemon rind, so it’s not. And the slime worked!
This was Janie’s first slime experience, and she LOVED it! She shaped it into “donuts” and squished it and ripped it into pieces. Then she rolled it back into a ball again.
Ready to make some lemonade slime? Here’s what you need!
To make the slime, I used:
1/2 cup clear glue
1/2 cup liquid starch (you likely won’t need it all)
Lemon essential oil – 2 drops
Step 1: Pour 1/2 cup clear Elmer’s glue into a bowl. Stir in a drop or two of food coloring and a drop or two of lemon essential oil.
Step 2: Stir in 1/2 cup of liquid starch. Pour in about three fourths of it at first – you may not need it all. The slime should start forming immediately.
Step 3: Knead the slime with your hands for a few minutes. Sometimes I let it sit a minute and come back to it, and it seems to improve the texture. It should be a pleasant texture when you stretch it. If it’s too sticky, knead in a little more starch. If it’s too stringy, add more glue.
I used these cute little condiment containers to hold the slime. It will keep for several weeks if you put it in an airtight container! Janie thought the containers were half the fun, and she loved putting her slime in and taking it out again.
We made more fruity slimes by making a pink color for watermelon (no scent though) and an orange. I didn’t have any orange essential oil, but if you have some you can make it orange scented.
See, aren’t these so fun and summery? They would make great party favors!
The Ultimate Slime Guide – The best slime e-book for kids!
If you want to make watermelon scented slime, my friend Sarah at Little Bins for Little Hands has a brand new e-book that has a recipe with Jello powder! Sarah is a super slime expert and has written The Ultimate Slime Guide. In it you’ll find 4 basic slime recipes with tons of variations to make 75 different types of slime. Whether your kids are already “slime experts” or just getting started, they will get hours of fun from this book!
Have fun making slime!