If you haven’t heard of the 2018 trend, you probably live under a rock.
Slime has been around for quite a while, but it’s recently become a popular thing again, thanks to how-to videos and vlogs.
According to NPR’s recent segment titled, “The Rise of the Slime Economy”, slime has become a social media sensation with more than 5 million posts on Instagram tagged with #slime. It’s also very popular with YouTubers. It’s been so popular that there is even a glue shortage in many craft stores. Slime is generally made of glue, water and borax. Food coloring, glitter and all sorts of scents are used to make colorful and creative slime works of art. This was started by a Youtuber Karina Garcia known as the ¨slime queen¨.
On Instagram, a user named slime.jewel has over 500,000 followers, making money off of slime videos. 10 and 11 year olds have joined the slime business too.
“Slime is really fun to play with,” said Omar Dhabi, a fourth grader.
Although some kids have gotten in trouble for making slime (just with glue), that didn’t stop the kids from making more.
“Slime is fun to play with but it’s really messy. It can get on clothes, rugs and couches. My sister has about 30 different colors. I like clear slime because it doesn’t get everywhere,” said 4th grader Keldan Aronsen.
“I don’t mind slime as long as it doesn’t become a distraction,” said Ms. Apgar, 7th grade teacher. “I don’t allow it out during teaching.”
Slime isn’t all fun and games. Mrs. Hanson’s 7th grade science classes created slime as an experiment. “We created slime using glue, water, borax, and food coloring for students to study states of matter.”
Slime is this year’s trend, wonder what will be next?
5 oz Elmer’s Glow in the Dark Glue
½ tablespoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of contact lens solution
Pour out contents of glue into a bowl
Add ½ tablespoon of baking soda and mix thoroughly
Add 1 tablespoon of contact lens solution. Mix until mixture gets harder to mix and slime begins to form.
Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands.
If it’s too sticky, add ¼ tablespoon contact lens solution and knead. Keep adding until desired consistency.
Do not eat this, because contact lens solution is toxic in quantities over 1 tablespoon!