Homemade slime is the latest craze sweeping the playground, but thanks to a series of workshops and craft sessions around the area children can now make mountains of gloop without any mess at home!
The craze, which started in America, involves making slime from store room staples such as PVA glue, contact lens solution, shampoo and shaving foam.
There are hundreds of different recipes available online which also add poster paint, food colouring and glitter so slime fans can personalise their concoctions.
Some youngsters have taken it to the next level by dedicating blogs, vlogs and Instagram feeds to the subject, many with thousands of followers, while others have made a business selling slime and books containing their best recipes.
Amanda Vines, of House of Gingerbread Afternoon Teas, got involved in the craze thanks to her daughter’s obsession with it.
She now runs Slime Squad events and an afterschool club at Paint a Pot, in Bourne, and is also hosting a half-term slim-making session at Long Sutton’s Busy Bean Play Café.
Spalding-based pottery painting studio Doodles is also getting in on the act with a series of slime workshops throughout half term.
Amanda, who held her first workshop just before Christmas, said: “It’s just gone absolutely crazy – the kids can’t get enough of it.
“My daughter is obsessed with slime and was watching lots of You Tube videos to see how to make it, although it was constantly failing when we tried.
“We investigated it a bit further and finally found a recipe that really works – using air freshener, which plasticises the PVA glue.
“With so much interest in slime-making, we approached Paint a Pot to see about hosting a workshop and it’s just snowballed from there.”
All the ingredients Amanda uses are safe for children to handle and as well as making basic slime she also shows them how to make tri-coloured unicorn slime, jelly slime, glitter slime, glossy slime and more. Children aged from three to 14 have attended her sessions.
“There’s such a high demand, and the children really don’t seem to get bored of it, with the same ones coming back time and time again.
“Even the adults like to get involved too – it’s great fun for all ages.”
Lucy Evenden, of Doodles, said she and her colleagues decided to put on some slime-making workshops after seeing other craft venues nationwide hosting similar events.
“We just thought it would be a good idea for us to try it too, and so far we’ve had a huge response,” she said.
“My girls absolutely love it and have been giving us tips on how to make it better. The idea is that parents can come along and play too and at the end each child will have three slimes to take home, which are unique to them.
“And then hopefully we’ll do some more sessions after half term too.”
• For more information about slime workshops in south Lincolnshire visit www.houseofgingerbreadafternoonteas.co.uk or www.doodlecrafts.co.uk