Keeping Kids Focused with Thinking Putty

As I have probably mentioned (likely about a million times), my son is super smart. (What can I say – I’m a proud momma!) But what I probably don’t mention as much, are his special needs. They can make life a little more difficult at times, but it’s just part of who he is. One of his challenges is staying focused on a task. Especially homeschool. He’ll start running around, bouncing off the couches, and yelling – just to get out of the schoolwork because he;s feeling frustrated and can’t concentrate. Not the easiest situation to manage.

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When I first introduced him to Thinking Putty, he really didn’t know what to do with it. But once we talked about it, and I showed him how to use it while trying to concentrate on schoolwork, it has done wonders with his attention span. He is better able to stay focused on his work and, just as important, he stays in his seat.

So, needless-to-say, when a box of the Mixed By Me Thinking Putty Kit arrived at my door, my little guy was way too excited! I actually regret for filming the opening because his enthusiasm was wonderful to see.

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How can I explain Thinking Putty? Well, it’s a sticky, stretchy goo that you can stretch, roll, and play with in your hands. It actually helps you concentrate while mindlessly thumbing it through your fingers. Almost like a silly putty, but this one won’t dry out and doesn’t smell funny.

I have to just say, that making this Thinking Putty with my son was so fun, both for him, and for ME! We both loved experimenting with different combinations in the kit.

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The Glow in the Dark Mixed by Me Thinking Putty Kit that I received comes with:

  • 5 small tins hand packed with clear Thinking Putty (twist off the lid to remove!)
  • 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

The instruction mat has formula combinations on it, so we tried a few of them – we even tried a few combos of our own!

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I liked the measurements of “glob” and “heap” and “smidge” and “pinch”. It made the experiments much easier for kids, and you never had to be so precise with your quantities. Eyeballing it worked just fine. A little bit goes a long way too.

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I kept a log of the combinations we tried so he’d be able to look back and see what color/effect packets we used. We started our experiments with a hypothesis of what we thought certain combinations would make. It was fun to look back to see what we did.

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I loved the focus and intensity he used when making his own Thinking Putty. Check out how into it he was.

Overall, for a child with attention difficulties, Thinking Putty is great. But getting to make your very own is just fantastic. His Thinking Putty is never far away when he’s working on his Timberdoodle curriculum!

What’s something you’ve done to stay focused on a task?

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