Slime trend causing short supply of glue

Published: Feb. 27, 2017 at 4:58 PM CST
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You may have a hard time buying a bottle of Elmer's glue right now. Stores in Springfield say the craft and classroom staple is in short supply. Kids are going through bottle after bottle, making slime.

Homemade slime is nothing new, but it's apparently spreading by social media, Youtube and among kids right here in the Ozarks and across the country.

"It was really like squishy and we could mold it into like any shape," says 5th grader Blakely True.

We asked the group of 5th graders from The Summit Preparatory School touring our station today how many had made slime. The majority raised their hands.

Reid Breckner says his mom gave him a recipe and challenged him to make the slime. "She gave me like the glue and everything, and it got really messy," says Breckner.

The main ingredient is Elmers's glue. A spokesperson for Elmer's has said the company is increasing production of its glue products to meet the demand, and it's exploring its own slime recipes to make slime even more fun and worry free.

"But it can't be the stick glue, otherwise it won't work," says 5th grader Denae Liddon.

It's causing a short supply on store shelves. A couple Springfield Walmart stores and a Hobby Lobby told us today their glue supplies are low. We found some at IPA educational supply.

"It's literally like the Flubber in the movie," says True.

We found a video of a little girl making some slime on YouTube and followed her instructions to make our own slime.

We mixed 1 teaspoon of Borax in 1 cup of water, then added some food coloring. In another bowl, we mixed 1/2 cup of glue and 1/2 cup of water. Then, we poured the glue mixture into the Borax water, and with very little mixing, the slime formed! We drained off some excess water.

"It's kind of bonding when you get to make it with your family, and then you can play with it, and it literally will go everywhere," True says.

Enjoy making some slime with your kids, if you can find the glue!