Why Slime is so hyped as a toy for kids - and has been for decades

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Posted by Tanja Cerro am

Today I would like to talk to you about why Slime as a toy is actually so hyped for children... and has been for years. I vaguely remember the first time I held Slime in my hand. That must have been almost 30 years ago - ok, brief nervous breakdown on my part. 30!!!!! years damn. - So, I got my hands on slime for the first time. It was green and in a plastic mold that looked like a ghost. It smelled terribly, was super greasy or greasy. I can't explain it exactly. To be honest, I don't even remember how long I was allowed to "play" with the slime before my mother got a kriese. It's such a pivotal experience. I stood in my children's room in Berlin with this slime, everything else is hidden. I don't know if it was summer or winter, I can't remember exactly where my furniture was or if it was day or evening. All I can think of is this green, smelly, sticky slime that I knew to DEFINITELY keep off the wall or ceiling of the room. But the disgusting thing about it was cool back then. I had the slime in my hand, it wasn't really stretchy yet, more like a little more runny and although I didn't like the smell, I had the urge to smell it all the time only to realize again that it was disgusting. When I started writing this blog post, I was looking for the slime right away and it actually still exists. I was on the verge of ordering it just to see if my memories of it are correct or I was making myself think the Slime was nicer (or worse) than it actually was.

Slime as a toy, as a souvenir, as a giveaway for the children's birthday

It looks very different today! Today we still have that jelly-like green slime, but - and I'm mostly talking about myself - softer, lighter, pastel-colored, cookie-scented slime is just cooler these days. We want drizzle, we want stretchyness, we want pleasant scents that we associate with beautiful things. Candy, Summer, Fruit, Pina Colada. Back then it wasn't like that, back then it was Slime as a toy so popular because he looked poisonous and reminiscent of Slimer from the Ghostbusters. I have to say my kids still love the old Ghostbusters movies! I can't even count how many times you've watched the movies. I even think that a similar slime in our range would be just as popular as it was back then... just non-toxic and with a better smell. When we weren't into slime, I used to pick up "China Slime" from gift shops and supermarkets quite often. These often ended up in the small gift bags that are given to the invited children at the end of a children's birthday party. And they were a hit there too. Back then, I didn't think too much about the packaging or the ingredients. Slime was Slime, kids love him whether he stinks or not. To the Packaging theme I have already written a blog post - if you are interested, you are welcome to take a look there.

What is Slime doing to us? Why have children loved him for years? About farting noises, slime cookies and poo.

It is remarkable that slime still ends up in households as a toy for children - across the board. Of course there are many toys that have found a permanent place in children's rooms for years, even centuries. Toy cars, dolls, building blocks, etc - this is about role-playing games and challenging and promoting the imagination. So what is Slime doing to us? Why have children loved him for years? I think it's just the product itself. Nothing emerges from it, you don't want to create anything with it, it's just beautiful, soft and soothing. ASMR develops, as I mentioned before - and it doesn't only work for children. The Slime creates not only acoustic but also visual ASMR. My kids say playing with Slime is never boring. But they couldn't give me an exact explanation. They just like the different consistencies. My youngest said he loves making 'poops' with it... over and over and over again. You can also roll it, flatten it, pull it and make farting noises with it. Yes, farting noises are super important. So if you like farting noises, you can't avoid it, willy-nilly slime toy to purchase. Fart cushions are so from the day before yesterday! At least you don't like to sit on it yourself. He also likes to take the cookie shapes from the baking drawer in the kitchen and cut all sorts of shapes out of the slime. It can actually keep him busy for quite a long time. Of course, this doesn't work with every consistency, but even he, at the age of five, now knows very well which slime works best with what. Whether slime biscuits or turds. Slime is always amazing once you try it.

Greetings from the 13th week of lockdown with homeschooling.

Tanya

 


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