Grow Your Brain

Monday, November 08, 2004

Silly Putty

Cooking is a great way for your child to practice measurement and fractions. Here is a recipe that they might enjoy.

Silly Putty

7 Tablespoons water
7 Tablespoons Elmer's white glue
3 1/4 teaspoons 20 Mule Team Borax
7 drops food coloring

1. Put water and food coloring in a bowl
2. Dump the glue into the middle of the water and mix.
3. Put borax in a little at a time. Stir and scrape the bowl. Don't put too much at a time or it will get lumpy.
4. Knead with your hands for several minutes.

If you store this in a plastic bag, it will last for a while. Vinegar will get Silly Putty out of clothes.

I've tried this with other brands and these work by far the best.

Fun Flash Cards

Jan Brett has a web site with all sorts of interesting information relating to her books. She has written many favorites such as Annie and the Wild Animals, and The Trouble With Trolls. If you are looking for quick and easy flash cards to practice math facts, her site includes some to be printed. Much easier than making them yourself!