Now hear this: I'm considering boycotting Michaels and Dollar Tree. Not because of any scandals involving their CEOs, and not because of any controversies over their political leanings or policies. No, I'm steering clear of them because every time we pass one of their stores, my daughter fixes me with her most pleading expression and begs, "Can we please get some slime ingredients?" And I know that if I give in, I'll be dealing with a slime-related crisis in a couple of days, such as how to fix slime that goes hard.
Slime, in case you haven't heard (and if you haven't, your kids must be too young to be hooked on the stuff), is either a sensory dream or a messy nightmare, depending on your point of view. The blobby, squeezable, stretchy substance can be made from a few household ingredients, and provides hours of squishy satisfaction; think of it as a stress ball for the grade-school generation. Advanced slime-makers like to include glitter, tiny foam balls, and other substances to add a touch of glamour or crunch to their creations.
But slime is also, in essence, a science experiment involving chemicals that, when combined, develop the desired texture. So, like any experiment, it has the potential for disaster: Too much or too little of any ingredient, and your slime will be too sticky, drippy, or greasy to flatten and roll around in your hands. When the mixture is too thick or stands around a while, the result is a hardened or stiff mass that breaks apart too easily. But instead of tossing the chunk of gunk, try one of these quick hacks, and the only thing that will solidify is your rep as Super Mom.