This summer I was at my sister’s for a family cookout and my great-niece who is in the fifth grade had all of us enthralled with slime. Yep, globs of different colored slime. She had all the ingredients with her and she messed with these sort of pretty globs of slime the entire time she was there. We all played with the slime. It was fun. I guess it could be likened to the stress relief ball, the fidget, etc., for kids.
Surprisingly, the main ingredient is Elmer’s glue of all things. A simple slime can be made with white Elmer’s glue, borax and water. Slime can also be made with clear Elmer’s and liquid laundry detergent. The Elmer’s pink glitter glue makes a very pretty slime; as does adding food coloring. Food extracts such as Vanilla extract make the slime smell pretty good.
You can find lots and lots of recipes for slime on the internet. It takes minutes to make and then you just kneed it and it makes sort of a popping sound. If you are able to make the popping sound, that’s like winning the Gold prize. Also, stretching the slime out without it breaking, then you have made the perfect slime. What prompted this blog was watching Jimmy Kimmel who had a slime segment on his show the other night. He had several guests making the slime and also had girls that have, I guess, over a million slime followers. There is evidently still a slime craze happening.
As in all things that are fun there is usually a downside. The cost and the mess. There are many, many ingredients that can be added to make this colorful and smell really, really good—things like the food extracts and food coloring mentioned above and shampoos—whatever will make it smell good will be added for more fun. Ingredients such as the glue, borax, laundry detergent, shaving cream, glitter, contact solution, shampoo, corn starch, dish soap, yogurt—yes, yogurt—yogurt and corn starch is another recipe, as is dish soap and cornstarch, all can cost a good bit of money. And I am sure there are lots and lots of other ingredients that kids will try that hit the pocketbook. And then besides the cost, it’s the annoyance when a few essentials like shaving cream disappears from the bathroom; laundry detergent from the laundry room; and when the fun is over for the day, the food containers from the kitchen.
Needless to say this activity absolutely needs to be supervised as I have it firsthand that slime left on varnished wood is not a good thing. And because of the mess left on surfaces inside, outside, kitchen and bathroom sinks, bowls, spoons, etc., etc., I am not at all surprised that the making of slime at some point in time would be curtailed greatly by parents. All in all creating the slime is quite fun but I would definitely limit this activity to occasional use with lots of rules. Proper use and clean-up being one of the major priorities.
In checking out the internet on this topic, it is very understandable that there are injuries reported from the use of the Borax in the recipe. I could see where this ingredient and/or any of the soaps might cause concern for parents. I would definitely try the corn starch and yogurt recipe or look for others that have less ability to cause harm.