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Tactile, gooey, stretchy and playful, it’s obvious why children have become so obsessed with slime over the past few years.
In 2017, ‘how to make slime’ was Yahoo UK’s most searched-for question.
It’s easy to see why. The sensory experience is cheap, keeps children busy (for a little while, anyway) and some experts believe playing with the malleable texture has health benefits.
Occupational therapists recommend it as a way of developing strength in their patients’ grip, and it is also said to be a stress-relieving tool for people who are prone to fidgeting or suffer from anxiety.
Slime, putties and goo are nothing new. Many of us used to mix cornflour and water when children.
But, today, slime toys available in UK shops and online is much more evolved.
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Take Smiggle’s Light-Up Crystal Goo, for example. The clear glitter-adorned slime isn’t your usual gooey experience.
Developed with an in-built, motion-activated ball, when bounced it lights up with a spectrum of rainbow colours, an enchanting play experience for little ones.
It also meets with European standards of safety and contains safe levels of the chemical element boron.
So, if you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler to entertain your children come Christmas morning, this could be it.