Red Apple-Scented Slime Recipe

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We’re back with another slime recipe! This red apple-scented slime recipe is a perfect way to get into fall. Back to school, back to routine, fall colors and crisp apples — and now red apple slime — can all be part of your seasonal changes this year. What a fantastic way to get your kids excited about fall.

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This Red Apple-scented Slime Recipe starts the fall season off with a colorful, sensory-rich activity for kids. The bright red, fresh-apple-scent and smooth, silky feel of the slime combines to make the perfect addition to your back-to-school activities list.

We love making slime here at Living Life and Learning. Slime play is such a sensory-rich learning experience, and there are so many ways to use it. Whether it’s to introduce a science topic (like this Space Slime Recipe) or to finish a theme (like this Beach Sand Slime), slime is a great addition to your educational tools.

Red apples are not only delicious and nutritious but familiar and friendly. Who doesn’t love a juicy red apple? They make a great snack, a cool decoration, a fun painting tool, and now.. they are the basis of our red apple slime recipe!

Get more apple-themed activities with our Apple Life Cycle Worksheets or this Fizzy Apple Volcano Science Experiment.

Child's hand pushing on red apple-scented slime

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What is slime?

For this slime recipe, you’ll need the basic slime-making ingredients: PVC glue (we use Elmer’s Glue), baking soda, and contact lens solution that contains boric acid. The boric acid and baking soda interact with the PVC glue molecules to create this unique and fun result. It’s not solid, it’s not liquid, it’s not sticky or smooth.. it’s slime!

Slime is an amazingly tactile activity. If you push hard on it, it acts like a solid. But if you hold it loosely, it will slide through your fingers as if it were a liquid. It’s actually a “Non-Newtonian Liquid”, meaning that it changes under stress, unlike a regular liquid. So the more force or pressure you apply to it, the more it will change from liquid-like to solid-like. It’s one of the weird and wonderful parts of science!

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Green apple wrapped in red apple-scented slime for decoration

To create the red apple-scented part of this slime recipe, you’ll need a bright red food coloring and apple scent. This will be a fragrance oil, so look for it where you get essential and fragrance oils. Think places where you get soap making supplies or candle making supplies.

Red apple-scented slime recipe  on a red checked table next to a green apple for fall decor and activity

What you need:

For this red apple-scented slime recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle of PVC glue (we use a 6 oz bottle of Elmer’s Glue)
  • 1 tbsp of contact lens solution containing boric acid
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of apple scent
  • Red food coloring

What you do:

  1. Pour out your PVC glue into a large bowl. Then fill the empty glue bottle with the warm water (so that it’s about ⅓ full) and put the lid back on. Shake the bottle to get the rest of the glue off the sides and dissolved in the water. Then pour the glue and water into the bowl with the rest of the glue, and stir till it’s all blended together.
  2. Now add the baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the food coloring and apple scent. (Optional: add some red glitter!!) Mix well!
  4. Slowly add the contact lens solution to the glue mixture and stir well between additions. The mix will come together into a soft ball as you mix.
  5. Once the slime has formed a ball, remove from the bowl. It will be sticky!
  6. Play with the slime, working it with your fingers, stretching and kneading it, to bring it together. It will gradually lose the stickiness. When all the stickiness is gone, the slime is ready!
  7. When you’re all done with it, store it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge to keep.

And that’s it!

Slime doesn’t take long to make, and doesn’t require a ton of special ingredients or work. Once you have the basic recipe and ingredients, you can make as many variations as you like! Try some of our favorite recipes:

What combinations will you come up with?

If you love this apple-scented slime, check out this great list of picture books about apples that kids will love.

For your child who loves to color, these apple life cycle coloring pages will make learning about apples more fun and exciting!

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