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We’ve Been Slimed!

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It’s sticky, gooey, a little bit messy and kids can’t keep their hands off of it. Homemade slime has made its way into our homes, schools and most definitely our kids’ hearts.

Recipes for homemade slime – which is typically made from simple household ingredients like Elmer’s glue, Borax, cornstarch and water – have been on the internet for years, but the craze really took off this school year. Thousands of social media pages dedicated to slime can be found on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook, with satisfying images and videos of the stringy substance being stretched and swirled.

The slime craze has been so strong that Newell Brands, the parent company of Elmer’s Glue, said recently that it has upped the production of glue to keep up with the demand of its slime makers. It’s not uncommon to see empty store shelves where the orange-tipped glue bottles once sat.

Some schools have banned slime in the classrooms, saying that it causes a distraction and can leave a mess if not handled properly. Other teachers welcome slime, applauding the students’ creativity and recognizing its stress-relieving capabilities as it’s stretched and manipulated.

There have also been several cases reported where the Borax ingredient has caused contact burns and irritations on the hands of young slime makers. When using Borax, keep in mind that its primary use is for cleaning and it should be handled carefully. Safe, borax-free slime recipes can also be found on the internet.

Has the slime craze hit your classroom? Do you allow it in class?

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