Arts & Entertainment

Kids' Slime-Making Craze Causes Local Glue Shortage

Girls make fluffy slime during a day-long retreat with Kids for Kids, A Mindfulness Movement. Credits: Kids for Kids, A Mindfulness Movement
Girls make fluffy slime during a day-long retreat with Kids for Kids, A Mindfulness Movement. Credits: Kids for Kids, A Mindfulness Movement
Girls make fluffy slime during a day-long retreat with Kids for Kids, A Mindfulness Movement. Credits: Kids for Kids, A Mindfulness Movement

WESTFIELD, NJ — Having trouble finding school glue and borax locally? Blame it on the slime-making craze that has  kids and parents buying up the ingredients as fast as stores can stock their shelves.

Petra Guglielmetti, a Westfield mom of three, said she learned about the slime craze after daughter’s first-grade teacher sent home notes asking her to bring in more glue.

“For weeks Target has been out, but I had no idea why,” Guglielmetti said. “It’s so weird.”

Sign Up for E-News

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, owner of Baron’s Drug Store in Downtown Westfield, said there is plenty of glue on his shelves. At least, there is for now.

Johanna Sexton, a sixth grade student at Edison Intermediate School, said she learned how to make slime by watching YouTube.

“I love slime,” she said.

“She makes it every day,” her mom, Julie Steinberg, said. “And when she doesn’t have the ingredients for slime, she makes oobleck.” Made from cornstarch and water, oobleck is more like putty, and it’s the reason cornstarch has becoming harder to find, too.

There are other kinds of slime, as well, such as fluffy slime (made with shaving cream), glitter slime and scented slime.

Annette Ferrigno, owner of Westfield-based Kids for Kids, A Mindfulness Movement, included slime-making during her President's Day weekend mindfulness retreats for boys and girls in Fanwood.

“Recently, so many girls that I work with rave about it,” said Ferrigno, who also counsels children, adolescents, families and adults in her private practice. “So many girls — and some boys, but mostly girls — are making it.”

Ferrigno is a trained play therapist.

“A lot of the toys that I use in my office have a sensory component,” she said. “When you try to be mindful, you use your five senses. With slime, you use touch.”

She also had the children add essential oils for scent. Some poured their homemade slime into balloons to create stress balls.

“You sprinkle baby powder inside the balloon so it doesn’t stick,” Ferrigno explained.

While making slime is fairly easy, finding the ingredients you need is harder, she agreed.

“There’s small bottles of glue, but you cannot buy larger things of glue in the area,” Ferrigno said. “I ended up buying it online because the stores were all out of it.”

Haley Warren, a 12-year-old from Scotch Plains, demonstrated her fluffy slime recipe (below) during Monday’s Kids for Kids retreat.  

Haley's Fluffy Slime Recipe:

3 Tbs. borax

1 cup hot water (mix until borax dissolves - set aside in separate bowl)

In another bowl add:

1/2 cup school glue

1/2 cup shaving cream 

1 Tbs. cornstarch

After combining above ingredients, slowly add borax mixture (be sure to wear gloves when handling borax) until slime begins to form.  Slime is tricky!  Sometimes it has a mind of its own so play around with it — kneed it, stretch it and roll it until it takes shape.

You can also add:

1/2 cup foam soap to create more fluff

Add these special ingredients for a special twist:

Food colors of choice


Essential oils (lavender to relax, citrus blends to wake up)

Make your own stress ball:

Coat medium-size balloon with baby powder. Lay slime onto balloon and roll balloon over slime until it is a ball shape. Tie off at end and use to help you relax while doing homework, at night to sleep or whenever you need to slow down.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Union County's March For Our Lives - County Wide March Planned

March 18, 2018

On March 24 at 10 a.m. Students of Union County will march to make sure that our schools are safe. The march will start at Burnet Middle School (1000 Caldwell Avenue, Union). It will end at the Union Township City Council Offices (1976 Morris Avenue, Union). All looking to protect American children by strengthening our laws and standing with the victims of all shootings inside places of ...

Hillsborough: Suspended HS Athletic Director Charged with Theft

March 20, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Fanizzi, 53, a resident of Conover Way in Hillsborough who had been athletics director for 14 years,, had been suspended ...

Do You Know How Colleges Calculate How Much You Should Pay?

In his last few videos Chris Curran has talked about college financial aid.    In today's Takeaway Tuesday Chris talks about Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance(COA) and the amount of need an individual family may have based on those components.   

If you want to know how these things are calculated and what they mean to your child-bound child ...

Are You Harnessing the Potential of the College Financial Aid Process?

Chris Curran works with families to plan for college.  A big part of what he does is help families reduce the overall cost of college by harnessing the power of the financial aid process.   

Do you know what assets should be listed on financial aid forms and which should not?  Did you know that retirement accounts and some other family owned assets don't have to be ...

Proud to support Tom Malinowski for Congress

March 8, 2018

Every single day, whether I want to be or not, I am reminded how important it is that Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in November and check Donald Trump. Fortunately, there is a terrific candidate in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District who can beat incumbent Leonard Lance. That candidate is Tom Malinowski.

I'm a lifelong New Jersey resident -- including ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


State-of-the-Art Pain Relief Therapy Now Available at Cornerstone Physical Therapy of Clark

CLARK, NJ – Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness Center is now offering the latest technology in therapeutic pain relief with the introduction of the LightForce™ EXPi Deep Tissue Therapy Laser.  This therapy offers the highest level of pain relief available using a new and enhanced 25 watt Class IV Laser.

Laser Therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free option for ...