The thoughts and sharings of a retired educator and an active grandmother.
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.....
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
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!
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!