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Color Shifting Illusions Thinking Putty

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Ages: 3+

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Product Code: 284-SHIFT

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These putties look their best in direct sunlight, but even under office lights, the endless color play keeps your eyes captivated and your hands engrossed. Oil Slick changes colors from purple through pink, gold, and yellow, to emerald green. Scarab shimmers with soothing blue, cerulean highlights, and royal purple. Lava swirls deep clay reds and orange with a yellow to green sheen. Each is absolutely gorgeous.

Work Your Hands - Work Your Brain

When one of our children was a preschooler, we received the best advice a parent of a kinesthetic child could receive: Let her wiggle. And wiggle she did. I don't think she sat for schoolwork for many years. But sometimes pirouettes and somersaults can be a distraction to other children, especially if you are dealing with a mixed bag of modalities. The visual students in particular will go bonkers trying to be attentive in the presence of a human pogo stick. However the kinesthetic child can't be attentive without movement. A workable compromise is a handheld fidget of some sort. Since last spring, we have investigated a number of fidgets; some were silly, some were creepy, and most were flimsy. I broke three in one week and I am not even kinesthetic! So when our shipment of Thinking Putty arrived, I was eager to see how it fared. The results were outstanding.

Bounce, Stretch, Tear, Drip, Snap, Even Shatter Thinking Putty
Thinking Putty is Silly Putty but enhanced with knock-your-socks-off colors that shift or morph completely as you squeeze. 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.

Stress-Relieving, Hand Exercising Thinking Putty
Thinking Putty is an impressive adult-sized handful of high quality moldable putty. Not just for wiggly children, Thinking Putty is also a stress-relieving, soothing slab of super-smooth elastic putty for tense office workers and impatient computer geeks. It also can be used as a hand exercise for guitar players or therapy for arthritic hands. Each tin arrives with one-fifth of a pound of Thinking Putty and a label that says Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty. They offered to put our names on the label instead, at nearly twice the price, but we decided that we would let Aaron be the crazy one! We offer many mesmerizing versions of thinking putty. Each tin contains enough putty for a couple of children to use at the same time.

Note About Clean Up
Like its cousin Silly Putty, Thinking Putty does stick to fabric, hair, and carpet, so keep an eye on where your little guy puts it! For a tidier option for your wiggler and fidgeter, check out Playfoam, which is part of our Pre-K and Kindergarten kits. However, if you do find yourself in a predicament and need to remove stray Thinking Putty, try these tips from the manufacturer: Oops, I Sat on my Thinking Putty!

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    What is Thinking Putty? Where did it come from?

    Thinking Putty and many other silicone rubber products were developed during World War II as American industries searched for rubber substitutes that could be used in place of natural rubber tires, gaskets, and seals. During World War II, America's supplies of natural rubber was scarce. The Japanese had occupied many areas in the South Pacific where rubber trees are found.

    In 1936, at the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, Dr. Earl Warrick began experimenting with "organosilicon" chemistry - combining silicon (think: sand, glass, computer chips) with carbon (think: you and me, charcoal, and fossil fuels).

    In 1943, he left the institute to join the newly formed Dow Corning Corporation. His research was refocused to help the war effort by developing a synthetic rubber substitute. Although he failed to produce a suitable rubber before the end of the war, one result of his experiments was a Silicone Bouncing Putty (the primary ingredient in Thinking Putty).

    Although it had no industrial use, he kept some around - it made a nifty toy!

    Is Thinking Putty like Gak©, Floam©, Noise Putty©, Slime©, Mars Mud©, or Goo©?

    Absolutely not! Thinking Putty is in a class of its own - with its own unique physical properties. Thinking Putty is more similar to Silly Putty© than other "putty" products. Thinking Putty does not leave a sticky residue on your hands. You won't feel like you need to "wash up" after playing with it. Thinking Putty stretches like rubber, bounces like a ball, tears like paper, and can shatter like ceramic. Thinking Putty can also shift color. Unlike all other products, Thinking Putty comes in adult-sized handfuls and a rainbow of really awesome colors.

    Is Thinking Putty non-toxic?

    Thinking Putty is inert, non-toxic, and safe. Thinking Putty contains no latex or wheat compounds. It is safe for use by people with sensitivity to wheat or latex and will not promote the development of latex allergies. They even use Nitrile latex-free gloves during manufacture. Thinking Putty is a Made in the USA product. It is manufactured entirely in the USA from top shelf materials sourced from industry leading vendors. They take product purity and regulatory compliance very seriously. They are certified compliant with EU standards EN 71 Parts 1, 2 & 3 which cover tests for toy safety. Additional information is happily provided upon request. Although Thinking Putty is completely inert, non-toxic, and safe, it may present a choking hazard to children if placed in the mouth or if a child attempts to swallow the product, so please exercise extra caution around small children, especially children under three years of age.

    Does Thinking Putty dry out?

    No way! Thinking Putty is silicone based, not clay or earth based like other modeling compounds. Thinking Putty will never dry out or crumble. The only reason to keep it in a closed container is to offer protection from dirt, dust, and hair that may otherwise accumulate.

    Should I take my Thinking Putty to the office?

    Absolutely! Bring your Thinking Putty to work with you and leave it on your desk. You'll find yourself tearing off a handful and using it to relieve stress when you deal with difficult personnel or vendors. If yours is a creative job Thinking Putty will give your hands something to do while your brain ponders infinite innovative possibilities.

    Can I bring Thinking Putty through airport security or onto an airplane?

    Yes. Thinking Putty may appear superficially like the plastic explosives you see on TV but the similarities end there. Thinking Putty will not appear as an explosive to either color X-ray or sniffer machines. It is neither a liquid nor a gel and is not subject to the criteria governing those objects. That said, security screeners have absolute personal discretion in exercising their jobs. They can confiscate anything they like regardless of the posted rules.

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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 17 Write a review.

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    So much better than clay November 29, 2012
    Reviewer: Mrs. Spartan  
    The color changes in this putty are more dramatic than I imagined. I am impressed with how bright the colors are and the speed at which they change. The Putty itself is firm and easy to grasp without being sticky or tacky. The amount in the tin is quite generous, and provides plentiful handfuls for both of my children at once. We like to use this in place of building blocks or other activities that can be noisy. The only cons to thinking putty are that it can be stiff to work with if very cold (but warms up relatively fast) and it must be played with on a lint-free/crumb-free surface as it will pick up small debris. (Though it is easy to "pick out" things stuck in it, because it is not sticky.)

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    My kids enjoy this stuff!! July 13, 2012
    Reviewer: Nan  
    I read some of the reviews on this stuff, an must say I was a bit worried. But after getting our box and letting the kids have their putty, my mind is at ease! With propper ground rules of what they could and could not do with the putty they were having a blast! I was concerned that my 4 yr old may try to be a little rough with this stuff, but even he has been good. The only time they are allowed to have the putty is at our table. If they get too carried away during class or thinking time, I take some of the putty away. I have not had to take it all away from any of my kids and we have not had to clean it up off of the couches or the dogs (thankfully!!) I have really enjoyed listening to my 4 kids telling each other, "Look what I made!" Even the crabby teen joins in!!!

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    I'm in love with these Putties! June 1, 2012
    Reviewer: jamlinrich  
    My son does not have ADD or ADHD but this would be great for those issues as well. My son gets bored so easily and while I teach him some of the slower subjects that require my reading to him and him sitting still he can be easily distracted. That ends up in frustrating and fighting, certainly no fun. This putty is something he can sit and play with, keeping his hands busy so he can listen to me and not get into trouble. We love all the colors and different viscosities. We LOVE tis putty!!

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    Even Daddy wanted one! May 31, 2012
    Reviewer: Molly  
    I have mixed feelings about this product because we have to hide it from the younger kids. You should use it at the table, and be careful of letting it get on your carpet. I still have a couple of tins of it in our schoolroom, though. Why? It's much better for fidgety fingers than play-doh. It never dries out, and even Mom likes to fiddle with it at times. The texture is just right - not too firm, but not sticky or soft. Just be sure to hide it from your 2 year old!

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    Thinking Putty was not what I expected May 31, 2012
    Reviewer: Jennifer D.  
    I had purchased the Thinking Putty for my 2 older grade school aged sons....thinking it would help them focus when I am teaching. It actually became more of a distraction and I had to take them away. I feel that for read-alouds it probably worked better as it was intended but not when I needed their eyes on me and the subject at hand. One downside is that the boys leave it everywhere instead of keeping it in the case (not Thinking Putty's fault) and it would just melt wherever it was including a rug. I have not figured out how to get it out yet. I think perhaps I should have waited until they were older like maybe 12 and up so that they could be responsible enough to put the putty back after use. The price was a bit steep for putty but they do have an attractive quality that my kids loved...but it did not help with their attention and focus as I had hoped.

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