Gooey Silly Putty for Preschoolers

Your preschooler will love this recipe for silly putty and enjoy the quality time making it with parents.

| June 2016

  • You can change the consistency of homemade silly putty by changing the amount of salt in the mixture.
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  • Nature needs children and children need nature. “The No-Nonsense Guide for Green Parenting” by Kate Blincoe will help your family live a greener lifestyle and your children will learn to enjoy, appreciate and care for the world around them.
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In The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting (Green Books, 2016) author Kate Blincoe explains that it’s not about being perfect — it’s about giving it a try, feeling the benefits for your family, and having fun while you do it. This guide provides essential advice on food and eating, eco-buying, learning and playing, family-friendly foraging, growing plants and food with your family, green days out, activities and parties, green parenting in the city, and balancing your green ideals in a busy life. Kate’s pragmatic approach will inspire you to balance green living with the realities of raising children. This ooey-gooey squishy recipe for silly putty will thrill your preschooler.

Gooey Silly Putty for Preschoolers

This stuff is like Play-Doh but more moldable. You can alter the consistency by changing the amount of Epsom salts you add – less for a gunkier, stickier feel and more for a firmer pliable texture which will bounce if made into a ball, or copy newsprint off a newspaper.

(Older children may be interested to learn that this is a process called polymerisation, whereby small molecules join together to make long ones. Handy knowledge for GCSE science.)

You will need:

• 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salts
• 1/2 teaspoon water
• 2 small cups or bowls
• food coloring
• 1 tablespoon white glue
• a craft stick for stirring


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