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Slime: Everything Parents Need To Know

By Jake BronsteinApr 18, 2017

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.

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💫 if you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be? — NAME: melting disco ball — [ 👒 ] shop/business account : @craftedbyalyssa [ ✨ ] slime spams & recipes : @craftyslimespams [ 🍃 ] aesthetic & bookstagram account : @thecraftycreator — [ 🌊 ] want some slime? the link in my bio will take you to my etsy shop, craftedbyalyssaj, where you can purchase some! i ship to the u.s. and canada!! [ 🐚 ] i have a youtube channel, TheCraftyCreator - link is in the bio of @thecraftycreator ! — [ #slime #slimerecipe #slimer #slimetutorial #slimevideo #slimeusa #slimeamerica #slimefoam #oddlysatisfying #satisfying #crunchyslime #satisfying #asmr #sweetdeco #asmrslime #clearslime #bubblyslime #softserveslimecream ]

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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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