Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Day with Funny Putty

I'm keeping the grandkids this week and today was a busy day.  Grandson R. has a short attention span and trying to keep him entertained and away from the TV takes a lot of creativity and ingenuity on my part.  So....today we made.....

              FUNNY  PUTTY. 

I told him it was our science experiment and that aroused his curiosity.  Here's how we did it.

First you need these:

2 Tbsp. Elmer's white glue
food coloring
a little less than 1 Tbsp. liquid starch
plastic or throw-away bowl, spoons
Put 2 Tbsp. glue in bowl. 
Add NO MORE than
2 drops of food coloring (any color). 
Stir very well.
S-l-o-w-l-y add the starch.  (The recipe called for 1 Tbsp. but we found that less is better.)
Then you stir, stir, stir, stir...you'll quickly see a chemical reaction taking place.
Here we added  TOO MUCH blue food coloring...and we had blue hands the rest of the day!
The next part is the hardest....
Wait  5  minutes!
Next...remove from bowl and knead, squish, knead, squish...the more, the better.
This was our RED batch...used a little too much starch and so it was very squishy.
Now for the best part....
Play with it, experiment with it...
see what all it will do!
We finally made a batch of green (no pictures) and it was the best of all.  He played with it ALL DAY...and he thought
I was a really cool grandma for thinking of this!  But....
Granddaughter M wasn't too keen on it.  She didn't like the "yucky" feel.
Note:  be sure to store it in a plastic
baggie when finished playing and play only on a smooth surface...no carpet, no clothes, no hair!
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PS:  I haven't yet figured out how to get my words spaced correctly...they look fine on the preview, but then look differently when I publish...so please forgive the crazy way this post looks!  Any advice will be appreciated!


1 comment:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Chari, I'm over "Checking out your Funny Putty... Kiddies are "Priceless" and it looked as though it was a great day...
Hugs, Donna