We have another fun product review for The Timberdoodle Company! This fun learning product is called the Mixed By Me Thinking Putty Kit. We have used Thinking Putty in our homeschool for years and years now. We were thrilled when Timberdoodle offered a kit to make and mix your very own!
First of all, I know you must be thinking, "What IS Thinking Putty?". We discovered it back when our middle girl Banana was about Boo's age right now. She was a mover and a shaker as an elementary aged kid and we discovered she actually learned best when she could be fidgeting and wiggling. She was a very kinesthetic learner so having something that she could do with her hands was crucial! If she needed to listen to a read-aloud, grab the Thinking Putty! Little Miss Boo is similar in that she needs to be moving or doing something while reciting memory work, listening or anything else that requires only using her brain. Engaging her hands also helps her be able to think - I don't completely understand why, I just know it works for my kids. Thinking Putty is somewhat similar to the well known silly putty but is a nice big chunk of silicone based putty that fills your hands. Some of it is color-shifting, glow in the dark, heat-sensitive, pearlized and more! It is mesmerizing to play with and isn't just for kids!
"Thinking Putty is also a stress-relieving, soothing slab of super-smooth elastic putty for tense office workers and impatient computer geeks."
The Mixed By Me Kit comes with five smaller pieces of thinking putty each in it's own container.
It also has a small tin full of color concentrates and special effects putty that you can add to mix your own unique putty.
When you open one of the five customizable putty tins, you will find clear putty.
You can use the enclosed instructional mat to mix your putty on, but we found the counter worked just as well.
Be sure and have a cute puppy that sits on the kitchen counter like a cat while you mix your putty. Or don't. Either way, but we prefer a puppy presiding over the process. (And no, he doesn't ever try to jump down.)
Then the fun part begins! Get creative and think up any kind of putty mixing magic that you can!
The Kit Includes:
5 small tins hand packed with clear Thinking Putty (twist off the lid to remove!)
3 concentrated primary-colored putties
3 concentrated primary-colored putties
3 special effect putties
1 tin to hold your components
6 colored pencils
5 extra labels for your tins
1 instructional mat with formula suggestions from Crazy Aaron
In the picture above, Boo chose just a small amount of putty to mix up (she loves it so much she rations the amounts so that she can make more!). She had the clear on the bottom, she added some glittery sparkle concentrate, some glow in the dark concentrate and then some primary red concentrate. It was interesting how she stretched it out before she mixed it all up.
Then get mixing!!
Next, you can color the label on your tin and NAME your putty and write it on the tin.
Boo quickly got to work making another custom putty color. This time she used the mat and read the advice on the instructional mat which was very helpful. It tells you how concentrated each color is and whether to use a little or a lot of each color. Some colors are more potent than others. This would be a great way to teach little ones about primary color mixing.
Then the elusive teenager decided it may be fun to explore making her own Thinking Putty since she loved it so much as a kid (as long as I didn't take pictures of her face - insert eye roll here).
Banana made a fun coral color that glows in the dark.
"All versions of the non-toxic, non-gooey Thinking Putty will bounce, stretch, tear, drip, snap, even shatter. Silicone-based, they will never dry out. " Timberdoodle Co.
Thinking Putty is fun for all ages and has been around our home for years! If you have a kinesthetic learner, or just a kiddo who likes to fidget and needs to keep her hands busy this is just the thing for you. Plus making your own just makes it even better!
*I was sent this product to review by The Timberdoodle Co. as a member of Timberdoodle's blog team. All opinions are strictly our own.