If you’ve got a 4th, 5th or 6th grader at home, odds are you’ve got a Slime-watcher in the house. Time to join the fun or put your foot down? Before you decide, watch the videos and read the facts. Warning: It's addicting.
Welcome to the world of Slime, the latest and greatest trend (think beanie babies and friendship bracelets) taking the internet by storm and making elementary-school entrepreneurs in the process.
It's easy to see the appeal, right? Now let's get you caught up on the facts:
Kids from 9 to 12 (that's 4th grade through 6th) are dealing—slime! Like Beanie Babies and friendship bracelets before it, slime is the new hot commodity in schoolyards across the country.
The homemade goo, which has the consistency of sticky Silly Putty, is created using glue, Borax, water, cornstarch and food coloring. Popular varieties include “fluffy” slime—which uses shaving cream for a more airy texture—and “butter” slime, which includes clay.
Doctors warn that Borax—one of the ingredients often used to make slime—is toxic if ingested. Stores report sudden shortages of Elmer’s glue, another popular ingredient.
Nearly 2 million people have posted their slimy creations on Instagram, either for sale or to impress.
Popular Slime creators—most still in elementary or high school—have as many as 700,000 followers online... and are making as much as $3,000 per month selling the stuff for $5 - $12.49 per pop!
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