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.

Thinking Putty

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?

I’m on the 2016 Timberdoodle Blog Team + the Mobi Max Game Review

I am a homeschooling mama.

Well..sorta.

My son is currently 5-years-old, enrolled in preschool, AND is being homeschooled at the first grade level. Yeah, he’s all kinds of smart. And I guess that makes me a semi-homeschooling mama, right?

When I was looking for a homeschooling curriculum to use with him, I found that there are so many to choose from. As a mom who has never looked into homeschooling before, the options were intimidating. We researched so many different programs and ultimately chose Timberdoodle because we liked that they sourced their curricula using multiple publishers and they included both literature-based learning, as well as hands-on learning activities with a heavy focus on critical thinking skills. I also liked that you can choose a faith-based program, or a secular program. Lots of options with Timberdoodle!

That being said, the decision to blog about Timberdoodle was such an easy one. I’ll now get to test some of the latest educational supplements Timberdoodle has to offer and I’ll tell you all about them here. I couldn’t be more excited!

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Mobi Max Game

Mobi Max Game Review

I was sent the Mobi Max game to review and my son couldn’t wait to rip it open. The packaging on this game is everything and kids like mine will want to get into it right away. Inside was a pack of tiled numbers and operation signs. Upon reading the game instructions, game play reminded me a lot like a game of Scrabble, but with numbers instead of letters.

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One thing I will say about this game is that it is FUN! We first played at about 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning and my son barely knew he was learning. To him, he was just playing a game with his mom.

Mobi Max Play

This game is perfect for my son because we’ve been working on math drills and he’s trying to improve on his time. He’s learning basic math facts and getting faster and faster with memorization. To make this game easier for young kids, you can simply remove all numbers over 10, and the multiplication and division tiles. His ability to calculate basic equations in his head has already begun to increase in the few weeks we’ve been playing the game.

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My son asked to play this game again the very next day. I have a feeling we’re going to be playing this game a lot – and he is going to be a math wiz in no time!

Mobi Max Tile Game

I highly recommend this game for all kids over the age of 5. It’s great for introducing math concepts, as well as for older kids when using larger numbers and multiplication and division options.

To learn more about the Mobi Max game, visit the Timberdoodle site.

Who would you play this game with?

Time to Apply for The Hispanic Scholarship Fund #HSFstories #cbias

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HSFstories #cbias #CollectiveBias

Anytime someone asks me how (and why) I ended up in my current position at work, I love to tell the story of why I went to college.  I attended college to study business, and my job wouldn’t have ever been made possible for me had I not graduated from college. Was it an easy road to get here? Of course not. In fact, I am the FIRST person on my father’s side of the family to get a college degree – and it’s a big ol’ family so it’s quite an accomplishment.

In my family, graduating from college was a BIG DEAL…I mean, HUGE!  My father, one of eleven kids from Puerto Rico, came to Chicago when he was 17, with hardly any education at all.  He finished the 6th grade in Puerto Rico before he had to quit school to get a job to help his large family.  When he moved to Chicago (with little more than the shirt on his back) he soon enrolled in GED classes to obtain his high school equivalence certificate.  That classroom is where he met my mom (a student teacher at the time), married, and then had four kids.

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My dad always stressed how he wanted his kids to have every opportunity that he didn’t have, and preached every chance he got how he wanted us all to attend college.  Well, my youngest sibling is now 24, and I am happy to report that each and every one of my dad’s kids are the proud recipients of Bachelor degrees in a wide range of disciplines: Business Management, Computer Science, Art History and Anthropology.

Not only have we made my dad extremely proud, but we are the ONLY children on my his side of the family than can say that we attended, and completed, our college courses.  I can’t even tell you how many cousins I have out there, but you can imagine that from my dad’s 10 other siblings, it’s a lot!

There’s so much I have to be thankful for, due to my dad’s urging that we all go to college.  My job, career, home, cars…everything has been made possible all because of an 8 x 10 piece of paper that proudly hangs on my wall.  Having an education is so important in this country and I’ll never regret the decisions I made to make it happen.

Just as my dad had the dream that all of his children obtain a college degree (which we all now have), I have the same dream for my daughter, who is now a high school junior. I hope that she also sees the value of a higher education and will apply for a scholarship herself. College is so expensive, and every little bit of help counts.

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The Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible.  The Hispanic Scholarship Fund strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation, mobilizing our community to proactively advance that goal – each individual, over a lifetime, in every way he/she can. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund seeks to give its Scholars all the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come.  As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $470 million in scholarships and provides a range of ancillary programs for students, Scholars, Alumni, and parents.

For those of you with college-aged kids (students 16 years old and up) thinking about going to college (but worried about the financial strain it may have on your family), I encourage you to apply for a scholarship via The Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  From now through March 30th, students can apply for a scholarship.  The Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:

      • Graduating High School Seniors
      • Community College Transfer Students
      • Undergraduate Students
      • Graduate Students

Please share this story with those you know in order to help The Hispanic Scholarship Fund make sure there’s a degree in every Hispanic household.  Just as my father’s encouragement made it possible for us, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund would like to make it a possibility for you.

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