We are waiting for the crispy, juicy apples of fall to roll around again. I don’t know about you, but we have a tough time finding tasty apples here at the end of summer. So while we wait and dream for lush apple orchards to pick whatever we want, we decided to make an apple theme slime recipe instead. Making homemade slime is super simple science and sensory play and even better with a fun theme!
APPLE THEME SLIME RECIPE TO MAKE WITH KIDS
Our slime recipes and slime making activities are perfect to pair with the seasons, especially fall. Apples and pumpkins and cinnamon! Fall is the perfect time for making slime. This gorgeous red glitter glue slime recipe with an apple theme is perfect for back to school and the fall season!
Slime making is even more fun when you add in creative seasonal themes, and I know kids love the novelty of theme activities. Our Elmers Glue Apple Theme Slime Recipe is yet another AMAZING slime recipe we can show you how to make.
No one wants to be sad and frustrated when they go to learn how to make slime….
SLIME SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here, and that’s perfect for exploring Chemistry with a fun fall theme. Slime is an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too! Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!
What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl-acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross linking!
The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…
When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubberier like slime! Slime is a polymer.
Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
EASY GLITTER GLUE SLIME RECIPE
We made this apple theme slime recipe with clear glue and red glitter and food coloring. However, Elmers glitter glue is super easy to use too and the best part is that the color and glitter are already provided for you! You can always add more glitter, but if you are looking for as mess free of a slime as possible this slime recipe is perfect!
If you want to see what else you can mix into slime and how to make awesome slime ideas all year round, check out our Ultimate Slime Guide Book. It’s the perfect accessory and comes with some great slime freebies as well!
Although we used different colors in this slime video, all you need to do is use red food coloring and red glitter.
ELMERS GLUE RED APPLE SLIME RECIPE TIPS
The base for this slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes which is clear glue, water, baking soda, and saline solution.
Our easy, “how to make” slime recipes will show you how to master slime in 5 minutes! We have spent years tinkering with our 4 favorite basic slime recipes to make sure you can make the BEST slime every time!
We believe learning how to make slime shouldn’t be disappointing or frustrating! That’s why we want to take the guess work out of making slime!
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We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your apple slime! Make sure to go back and read the slime science above too!
- BEST Slime Supplies
- How To Fix Slime: Troubleshooting Guide
- Slime safety Tips for Kids and Adult
- How To Remove Slime from Clothes
- Master Your Slime Training Series
APPLE THEME SLIME INGREDIENTS
As I mentioned above, you can use any of our basic slime recipes for this fall inspired apple slime, but we like our basic saline solution slime recipe with the Elmers glitter glue. I will link the two products we used here with Amazon affiliate links.
Don’t have glitter glue but lots of clear glue? You can make this fun Halloween slime recipe with clear glue, food coloring, and plenty of glitter instead. It uses the same recipe.
1/2 cup of Elmer’s Clear Glue
1/2 cup of water
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp of saline solution (see recommended slime supplies for brands)
food coloring and glitter
Basic slime recipe cheat sheet printable (bottom of page)
FALL APPLE THEME SLIME RECIPE DIRECTIONS BELOW PHOTOS
The best slime recipe starts with the right slime ingredients. Make sure to follow along with our measurements. Start by adding your clear glue and water to a bowl and grab a mixing utensil. Mix it up and add food coloring and glitter as desired!
BEST SLIME ACTIVATORS
Add in your slime activator (baking soda and saline solution) to complete the chemical reaction you read about above in the science behind the slime section. If you scrolled past it, go back and read it with your kids!
You can also learn more about all our favorite slime activators here. Keep in mind that liquid starch, saline solution, and borax powder are all in the boron family. Neither of these ingredients are truly borax free.
We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve it’s consistency. The trick with saline solution slime is to squirt a few drops of solution onto your hands before picking up the slime.
You can knead the slime in the bowl before you pick it up as well. This slime is ultra stretchy but can be stickier. However, keep in mind that although adding more solution reduces the stickiness, it will create a stiffer slime.
Our slime recipes are so easy to change up with different themes for holidays, seasons, favorite characters, or special occasions.
Saline solution is always super stretchy and makes for great sensory play and science with the kids!
Try a green apple slime instead!
SALINE SOLUTION SLIME RECIPE FOR MAKING APPLE SLIME
STEP 1: Add 1/2 cup of Elmers Glue to your bowl (add more glitter if desired).
STEP 2: Mix with a 1/2 cup of water.
STEP 3: Add food coloring and glitter as desired
STEP 4: Stir in 1/2 tsp baking soda
STEP 5: Mix in 1 tbsp saline solution and stir until slime forms and pulls away from sides of bowl.
If your slime still feels too sticky, you may need a few more drops of saline solution. As I mentioned above, start by squirting a few drops of the solution onto your hands and kneading your slime longer. You can always add but you can’t take away.
NOTE: We have found that the Elmers Glitter Glue tends to be a bit stickier than their regular clear glue.
STORING YOUR SLIME
Slime lasts quite awhile! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli style containers in my recommended slime supplies list here.
If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups we have used condiment containers as seen here.
Want to have all our basic recipes handy and in one place? Use the button just below to download your free slime recipes cheat sheet pages. We also have an awesome MASTER YOUR SLIME training series going on here.
You can even make a fun theme container to store your apple slime like we did with this dollar store storage container, construction paper, pipe cleaner, and hot glue!
MORE SLIME MAKING RESOURCES!
Everything you need to know about making slime is below! Did you know we also have fun with science activities too? Click on all the pictures below to learn even more great ideas for slime making.
AN APPLE THEME SLIME RECIPE IS JUST ONE OF OUR MANY FALL SLIMES!
Check out more cool slime recipes and information by clicking on the photos below!