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Got slime? Kids can't get enough of gooey concoction

Posted March 13

The whole slime rage didn't hit me personally until yesterday when I saw a mom and two girls rush into a Staples to grab what appeared the be the final giant bottle of glue left in the store. On their way out, they almost appeared to hold it up in victory, dashing home to make another batch of the gooey, ooey stuff.

According to my mom circles, most of Wake County is sold out of glue, a critical ingredient to make slime, as kids go crazy for this old fashioned science experiment. It became popular over the summer as kids shared their concoctions on various social media platforms.

Expert adolescent slime makers mix it up at home and then sell it to friends. From what I hear from my middle schooler, one kid made $100 selling slime before the school cracked down, threatening in-school suspensions for anybody with slime on their person or in their backpack.

The Wall Street Journal has even covered the phenomenon.

We've had several posts here on Go Ask Mom about slime in the past several years.

Here are two:

Recipe for Metamucil slime

Recipe for Borax slime (Though it may be a good idea to be cautious when using Borax as an ingredient).

The Metamucil slime recipe comes from Beth Harris, Raleigh mom and science educator, who shares lots of easy experiments here on Go Ask Mom. She actually has an entire recipe book, called the Definitive Slime Recipe Book, on her website. If you're looking for new ideas to make slime, she's got you covered.


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