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I know an 11-year-old who has her own slime recipe and is running her own slime business. Her classmates place orders, specifying exact color requirements, while the 11-year-old learns valuable lessons about running a "business," from supply and demand to meeting customers' expectations.
Slime is the bottle-flipping craze of 2017. Kids are spending their afternoons tweaking their slime recipes, mixing up batch after batch of slime. Our local suburban Philadelphia pharmacies are constantly out of Borax and plain white glue; the same may be true where you live, since slime is a nationwide and possibly even worldwide craze with the tween crowd.
My favorite slime recipe uses borax and white glue. I especially love the sparkly Valentine slime recipe featured in the photo above.
I polled 7 tweens (including the slime boss) to get their favorite tips for making your slime recipe better. Here are the 5 best:
1. Buy your glue in gallon-size jugs. It's a lot cheaper to buy it that way, and finding enough glue at your local store might prove to be difficult.
2. If you can't find borax, you can make slime with baby powder. Bonus: it will smell nice! Use equal parts water and baby powder.
3. Add a few drops of your favorite extract to make the slime smell heavenly. Add a little vanilla extract and red food coloring for a "cherry vanilla" slime. Or perhaps add some lemon extract and yellow food coloring for "lemon drop" slime. Start with a tiny splash as a little goes a long way. You can also use scented lotion, which adds a nice smell and also helps make the slime more stretchy.
4. Package up your slime in cute plastic containers. The dollar stores and Walmart both have a great selection, and they don't need to be food-grade containers. Don't use your family's food containers! Your parents will not be happy. You can also tie it with a cute ribbon or sticker if you're a slime entrepreneur.
5. Use a tray for playing with your slime and even for kneading it. It is easier to clean and you won't have to worry about staining any counters. We like these SMULA trays (IKEA, $1.99) for all messy afternoons.
A quick scroll through my Facebook wall reveals a lot of funny slime posts, from slime stuck to the ceiling to parents frustrated by the slime madness. Slime is everywhere! It's taking over!
Even Etsy is getting in on the action, with tubs of slime for sale from $2.50 up to $10 or so. My favorite are the specialty slimes. This fruit cake slime from Etsy shop SlimeSlimeSlime would have been my jam in the 90's:
I know a lot of moms are worried about the safety of making slime. This article "Is 'slime' safe?" dispels a lot of the safety rumors going around.
If you have a tween and haven't heard of slime, expect it to be a topic of conversation soon-- whether your child decides to make his own, buy some from a tween slime boss, or peruse the many Etsy shops that have popped up. And be ready for some rules on keeping your Tupperware out of your child's hands, and the slime in a designated space.
Slime moms unite!
Images by Lindsay Weiss
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