Slime craze or crazy?

A parent's guide to slime

As parents, we often see fads coming in and out of our children's lives. We have seen the rise of the fidget spinners, smelly erasers and more. We now have many children and young people who have become mini scientists making slime at home and at their friends.

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What is slime?

Slime is a big mound of play material that can be stretched, poked and kneaded which offers great sensory satisfaction to the user. Slime videos have gained such large followings, that the internet has become obsessed with them. With viewers describing it as relaxing watching the process of slime being made and then stretched and pulled.

We are hearing from parents who are finding their day-to-day household items such as laundry detergent empty, wondering whether they really have done that much washing! One parent went to do her hair with cream and found it empty. She racked her brains trying to find out why it was finished only to find out that her daughter had used it in her slime because of the scent. This is becoming a relatable conversation at school gates and in online groups.

Warning – slime gets everywhere

Parents have also reported how the slime gets everywhere and I mean everywhere! Kitchen cupboards, fridge handles, in the freezer and in the garden. It can be a nightmare to peel off and one parent advised to let the children who made the slime, clean it up. One parent reported it in her carpet grounded in, which was very difficult to get out. Try to designate one space for the slime to be made with agreed rules around this. Many parents prefer outside or on the kitchen table as it can be easier to clean.

How is slime made?

Slime is made through a combination of ingredients including PVA glue, laundry detergent and added colours. This is not exact and you can go online to find the correct method and ingredients needed.

Is it safe?

As fun and clever it can be watching your child make slime and become mini scientists, there have been reports about using certain chemicals such as borax, which may cause burns. It is important to do your homework on the ingredients and make sure they are safe for your child to handle. There are non-borax slime videos online that are safer and it is worth finding out more about this. If possible, supervise your child when they are making slime so that you know they are safe and you are on hand. It is important to consider whether your child may have an allergic reaction, so please check the ingredients of all the products in use. 

Slime differences

There are different slimes that is made from soft and whippy to clear and putty like. Slime can be made in different colours and textures. Some have sprinkles, some are full of glitter but the one thing they all have in common, and they can be irresistible to touch when walking past.

Slime entrepreneurs  

Slime has created many entrepreneurs who are making large batches to order and selling them in tubs online on auction sites, via social media and in schools. If you are concerned that your child may be doing this, find out from the school or online that they are allowed to sell this as there could be issues with this.

Family time

Slime can be a great way to work with your children as you make it together. It can help you understand how your child thinks but also step into their world for a while, whilst they take control and show you how it is done. A bit like baking a cake or cookies, it can help strengthen the bond between you.

Watch this non-toxic slime video for tips and ideas  

(Video by Hong Giang DIY Slime)

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