I am so thrilled to be joining in with Days with Grey and The Mama Workshop for their monthly Book Box Series. Each month these amazing mamas share two creative ways help you retell a classic book with your preschooler. As if that’s not amazing enough, Ashley from Veggies and Virtue also shares a kid-friendly recipe to pair with the book. So. much. FUN! This month the book box is all about the darling book The Watermelon Seed (affiliate link). If you’ve never read this book, I highly suggest it! Bridgett adores this one and asks to read it over and over. We’re so excited to join in on the fun this month by sharing a hands on sensory activity to pair with the book—Easy Watermelon Slime!
Here’s what you’ll need:
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- The Watermelon Seed
- Shaving Cream
- Food Coloring
- Contact Solution
- 1 Bottle of White School Glue
- Green Paper Plates (We got our from the party section at Target!)
- Black Beans (for Watermelon Seeds)
- Storage Container
- Optional: Crocodile Toy for retelling the story
How to make Easy Watermelon Slime
Keep in mind these aren’t exact measurements and you really can’t mess it up. If it’s too sticky, add more contact solution. If it’s too runny, add more shaving cream.
1. Pour glue into the container to cover the bottom. Add a squirt of shaving cream and stir together.
2. Add a couple drops of food coloring and stir until there aren’t any white streaks.
3. Add more shaving cream (about 2-3 cups) and mix together.
4. Add contact solution about a tablespoon at a time and mix together. Keep adding contact solution and mixing until the slime begins to form a ball and pulls away from the sides of the container.
5. Put the slime on a flat surface (Tip: Use a tablecloth or a tray to keep any mess contained) and roll it with your hands. If it’s too sticky, add more contact solution and knead it into the slime until it doesn’t stick to your hands.
6. Play with your watermelon slime!
To make the watermelon slices, I cut a green paper plate in half and put half of the slime mixture on each plate. Bridgett loved spreading it out and squishing it down to make the inside of the watermelon. Next, she took black beans and pressed them into the slime mixture to create watermelon seeds. This was a great opportunity to talk about why watermelons have seeds in the first place!
After we made the easy watermelon slime we grabbed our toy crocodile and The Watermelon Seed and read it over and over. It was so fun to act out the story with the crocodile, watermelon slime, and the watermelon ‘seeds’. We then talked about our favorite parts of the story and discussed how a watermelon really can’t grow in your tummy if you swallow a seed. I think Bridgett was relieved! Ha!
Once we were finished playing and reenacting the story, I simply put the lid on our slime container and folded up our tablecloth. Hooray for easy peasy cleanup! Plus, you can store your slime in a small plastic bag or container so you can play with it again and again.
This was such a fun sensory activity and I loved how it helped bring the book to life in a hands on way. I’m sure we’ll be playing with our easy watermelon slime and reading The Watermelon Seed again and again over the next few weeks. We’re also so excited to try out the other ideas in this months Book Box!
Be sure to check out the other Book Box Activities that pair with The Watermelon Seed:
Click the titles or photos below for the full tutorial on each project!
If you and your kiddos make a batch of Watermelon Slime or any of the book box activities, we would love for you to share! When you post your picture, be sure to tag me (@thelittlesandme), Beth (@dayswithgrey), Lu (@themamaworkshop), and Ashley (@VeggiesandVirtue) on Instagram. It will be oh so fun to see your creations!
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Looking for other Watermelon activities? Check out these Watermelon Handprint Cards.