The Slime Craze

In today’s post we will focus a bit more on the history of slime, what the current slime craze is all about, and whether it will last in our opinion.

Believe it or not, but the first slime was manufactured almost 43 years ago in 1976 by a toy company called Mattel! It was often a bright, glossy green color, sold in a plastic barrel or trashcan and as the name implies was meant to resemble something gross.

It was wet to the touch, and meant to ooze all over the place. Whilst parents and teachers absolutely hated the gooey substance, kids loved it and used it to get into all kinds of mischief!

Various different variations of the original Barrel-o-Slime have since been created by Mattel up to the early 90’s, with items such as fake worms, eyeballs and insects added to increase the gross factor!

Fast forward 27 years and the slime landscape has changed completely!

Thanks in large to a young lady by the name of Karina Garcia from California, America who is known as “The Slime Queen”, slime has evolved to a household hobby almost everyone can attempt!

Glue, arts and crafts decorations, borax among just a few items have seen their sales skyrocket!

Today we find at least 17 different types of slime which are often decorated and created to resemble masterpieces instead of the original gooey, gross slime’s from years past.

Slime thanks to it’s mainstream attention is now also being used in various therapy sessions with children such as occupation therapy and more notably is used in ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) therapy sessions.

Our verdict: Slime has been around since the mid 70’s, thanks to the main stream attention recently received and the ability to easily create your own slime at home (should you so wish), we do not believe the current fascination with slime will die down anytime soon!

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