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Silly Putty Experiment


I set out this summer to make the extra time with my kids enjoyable and full of learning. I have a whole list of experiments, adventures, and activities I'd like to do with them while they're out of school. One of the first experiments we tackled this year was homemade silly putty. The kids play with play dough a lot at school, so I figured making something similar would be pretty exhilarating for them. 
The recipe I found called for two simple ingredients; dish soap, and cornstarch. Anything that simply couldn't be too much of a headache, right?

To start out, I measured the ingredients for the kids and let them mix everything together. You basically just add more soap or cornstarch until you get the perfect consistency for silly putty. 
making silly putty from dish soap

Ava's ended up being the closest thing to silly putty we could get. It was pretty stretchy and still pliable like dough, however, it stuck to the table in the most unpleasant way.
Tuckers putty never really ended up close to the consistency of silly putty at all, it was more like a really dry play dough.
I did some research and found that if you add a little bit of flour it'll help with the stickiness, but it didn't help with ours. 

All in all, it was a fun experiment and the kids really enjoyed playing with it. They really have no idea what the difference is between silly putty and play dough is anyway, so for them, there were no disappointments. 
If you'd like to try your hand at this fun experiment I've listed the recipe (if you can call it that) below.
1/4 cup dish soap
3/4 cornstarch
simply mix and adjust as you go. 

If you do try your hand at it, be sure to comment below and let me know how it goes. 

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