I’ve been wanting to try to make a scented slime for awhile now. This peppermint scented slime is just the kind I was hoping to make.
Slime is already such an intense sensory experience. It engages the visual, tactile and proprioception sensory systems. Adding scent to it engages the olfactory sense as well.
Be aware that peppermint is an alerting scent, so this is not a good pre-bedtime activity! Alerting scents can be extremely useful though.
If you find that your child is in a state of their “engine running low”, an alerting scent combined with the proprioceptive input of playing with slime can “wake” them up. This can help them maintain attention and be more engaged.
Peppermint Scented Slime:
- 16 oz. Elmer’s washable school glue
- 1 cup liquid starch
- 3-5 drops of peppermint essential oil
- lime green acrylic paint
- raspberry pink acrylic paint
- light pink acrylic paint
Mix together the white glue and drops of peppermint essential oil in a large bowl. Add the liquid starch slowly, a bit at a time and stir as you add. When it starts to pull away from the sides, divide it in equal parts into three smaller bowls.
In one bowl, stir in a few squirts of the green paint. In another bowl, stir in a few quirts of the darker pink paint. In the last bowl, mix in the lighter pink paint. Knead each one separately until it becomes the consistency of slime.
The cool thing is that if you set the colours next to each other in thin strips, it looks like peppermint ribbon candy! Just a little note to add: once you start playing with all three colours together, they will eventually mix. The colours don’t stay magically separated!
When not in use, store the slime(s) in airtight containers or sealed bags at room temperature.
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