Oh yes. This sticky-iccky coloured blob that parents and children share a love-hate relationship with. My 9 year-old has been head-over-heels in love with slime since P1, when I happened to accede to her begging request for me to buy her that very first can of barrel slime. Something about the soft, gooey texture makes it pretty irresistable to the little ones who loves sensory play.
Most parents I know absolutely detest the idea of their kids playing with slime and many go simply berserk with managing the mess created by their little scientists when they secretly or openly try to make slime at home. And then there's the problem of slime getting stuck to fabrics, oh my. But most, if not all kids simply love slime. I often wondered why, but I guess it is the exciting variety of slime that they can make or buy, rendering the blob such a coveted toy of all time.
As a free-range mum (haha), I did encourage her to experiment with the various methods to create slime and proposed several more natural ingredients for her to experiment with (baking soda+saline soln+PVA Glue+colouring). She finally succeeded in making her first batch of slime with the right consistency, stretch and texture - it was like absolute bliss and she was ecstatic over her little achievement for weeks.
Her fondness of slime is infectious, I found myself drawn to the little blobs too and so here I have brought to you some slime to check it out:
- Star Slime
- Fruit Slime
- M&Ms Slime
You can see a video demo here of the Slime-in-Can:
The cuteness of the can makes it very attractive and the quality of slime is great. The slime in the M&M design has a glittery texture to it, making it stand out in terms of aesthetic qualities. There are 6 different fruits slime to collect, and the fruitty containers are just too cute! The Star Slime provides a full range of slime colours in a single star, and this is appealing to kids who enjoy little portions of colourful slime.
One interesting aspect of these slime is that you can use a little straw to blow bubbles with it - remember the short straws where we stick a small sticky blob squeezed from a grey tube back in the 1980s? Yes, the same thing can be done to these slime varieties. There is a slight fragrance to the slime but do note to keep it away from direct sunlight. Over time, it may either dry out or turn into a wet blob.
There are many ways to remove slime if you indeed get it stuck on your little one's clothes or soft toys, here is a method that I tried and it worked (90% of the slime was removed):
Step 1: Remove excess slime
Step 2: Soak affected area in vinegar for 30-60 minutes
Step 3: Run with warm water
Step 4: Wash off like normal, using detergent
Step 5: WALA! Hopefully most of it is gone....hang to dry. =)
Hope this little sharing helps the parents out there beleaguered with slime stain woes!
Have fun, Slime Lovers!!!