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I got this for my son last Christmas at a cost of approx £5 which included postage direct from Amazon. Last month however I got my daughter a small pot of of very similar stuff from Tesco costing 10p in the sale, apart from the colour they are the same.
This is a Science Museum product. It comes in a round white plastic container where as it used to be in a tin and possibly some stores still have the tin styles. It has a little gap each side of lid to open it which can be tricky as it seems to become vacuum sealed. I often have to help my son open it up using what nails I have.
Upon opening the tub you find a bright funky orange coloured putty. Since my son has played with his quite a lot if has faded from a bright orange to a dark colour and picked up little bits of hair and dust along the way.
What does it do?
Well on the tub it says, Bend it, shape it, anyway you want it! (sure that's a song from an advert lol)
Bounce, shatter, tear, shape and play.
Well basically it does all those things. You can mould it like play dough, roll it into a ball and it will bounce like a ball. tear it and hear it snap. Make an air pocket in it and it gives you the sound of bubble wrap popping when you burst the air bubbles. It will take on the shape of what ever it's left in for example leave it in a square tub over night and it will mould to the square shape over the base. Turn the tub on it's side and when you open it next time you'll find all the putty on the end you left it on.
Really is odd stuff the way it mould itself and can bounce and be snapped.
My son likes playing about with it however even though I will have a play with it I no longer like the stuff due to the mess I've found it makes. One day my son had left it on his bed not in the tub and when I eventually managed to peel the flattened stuff off as it had taken shape in its flat position it had stained the sheet. Three washes later it was not shifting and you can clearly see the stain will a like grease patch around it. Over the next few days I found this orange stuff on clothing and even the carpet.
On the tub it does say Warning - May stain garments,carpets, and upholstery.
No may about it as it DOES stain I can confirm that to you.
When you look at the putty it does look greasy but to touch you hands are clean.
If you are planning to purchase this then I'd advise making sure user keeps it off anything you don't want stained lol. Suitable for ages 6+
However this still is a very interesting product.
My dad has always been very difficult to buy for. My mother will buy him the more sensible items he has obviously had to tell her to get such as car sponges. I will buy some random bottle of wine. My brother is the one that will make an effort to get him something he will never buy himself. That's what you're supposed to do isn't it? Well my brother does this however my dad would never buy these things for very good reasons. They are pointless. Along with a blow of Zimmer frame, some joke toilet role and electrifying pen, this was bought for him on his 50th birthday.
--What is it?--
The science putty is basically a tin of... well orange putty. It is exactly what is says on the tin. You can do exactly what is says on the tin too : bounce, shatter, tear, shape and play. Well first of all, I wouldn't say you could really bounce the putty unless you were happy for it to go bouncing across the room and under the sofa as its near impossible to get it into a decent sphere. Im not really sure how you are supposed to shatter it but tear shape and play is pretty much what you do.
My brother bought this from a joke shop for about £5 if I remember correctly. Seeing as there is very little point to this pot of goo, I think this is very much overpriced. However, we have had this pot for a while now and the goo has remained gooey and we still play with it from time to time when boredom gets too much.
--Would I recommend it?--
I suppose I would if you can find a cheaper price. It's a fun different present to give and it is quite fun to mess around with.
I'm the kind of person who fidgets and can't sit there without, say, rolling a mechanical pencil up and down or eating. Even if I'm doing something intense, or watching something REALLY suspenseful on TV, I still have to do something with my hands. With the case with the mechanical pencil, I have lost more than a little lead from it accidentally snapping, and boredom/ binge eating can hardly be called healthy... well, you get the idea. And then, the answer came to me. The lead-less 100% non calorific solution. Science putty.
This was given to my little sister on her last birthday, and dismissing it as a tacky present, gave it to me. Not that I wasn't flattered or anything, but at first I felt apprehensive towards this little tub of goo- I wasn't that into science, and could not see any point in having something that you couldn't really USE for anything. How very wrong I was... Instead of reviewing several aspects of this product as I normally would do, I shall instead review the pros and cons in order to better justify this product.
- Helps you to fight boredom. It is strangely satisfying to squeeze this product in your hands, and if you fidget as much as I do, you will know how useful it is. It has a soft, malleable yet elastic texture; like a mixture between rubber and Blu Tack, but without its stickiness. It is also not harmful or toxic to hold (though I would not recommend eating it at all, the 8+ guide line is there for a reason).
- Easy to peel off hard objects, and does not stick to your hands, unlike materials such as plasticine.
- You can even use this to remove dust and the excess glue from labels, like I have often done with Blu Tack. Just stick the science putty on the area and then pull it off. This is not 100% effective, and you do end up with some slightly dusty putty, but it is still a useful thing to know.
- It has a handy tin that you can easily fit the putty inside, to prevent spillages or to stop it simply from getting lost.
- This putty has a slightly (and may I stress that it is only a slight slight issue) greasy feel, but its overall feel is far better than plasticine.
- This is the VERY main thing that would prevent me from recommending this product- if you spill it on the carpet or on another soft, fluffy surface, then you aren't going to be able to get that off. I accidentally drop some on to the carpet, and since this science putty was in the black shade, you can imagine how obvious it would be against a cream or light carpet. Intensive scrubbing and multiple stain removers hardly helped the cause; it was as if the putty was clinging on to the carpet for dear life and was refusing to let go. I can not stress this enough, IF YOU SPILL THIS THEN IT IS A LOST CAUSE FOREVER.
In conclusion, a lovely putty which you can use to fend off boredom; however, do not be dropping this on the floor. Because of the balance of the pros against the cons, I would give it 4 stars, but only just. I would only recommend this to those who are very careful.
For Christmas, my sister was given this Science Museum Putty as a stocking filler. It cost around £2 from Asda, however previously it was around £7. My parents were really glad that this came at such a cheap price, as if they had paid £7, they would really have been annoyed at such a waste of their money.
The putty comes in a small tin, which is locked quite securely as my sister found it hard to open. The tin is quite sturdy as even when she dropped it on a wooden floor, the tin did not dent. Upon opening it the putty looked quite small as it was placed within a small plastic bag, however as soon as it was opened and placed in the tin it managed to cover the entire base of it.
The putty itself is not the same as other brands of putty - the ones that make the weird squelchy noise when you squish them - as it brands itself as being the putty that is solid and a liquid at the same time. This means you can practically do anything with it, as the tin states you can "bend it, shape it, anyway you want - Bounce, shatter, tear, shape and play!".
My sister loves playing with this stuff, as you usually find her molding it into different shapes and making weird models out of it. However, you can't really pull the putty to far lengths as after getting to about arms length it will become stringy and fall apart. My sister and mum both tried to make it form a really long string, however it just kept breaking whenever they tried. Yet, the putty does make for great bouncy balls, as you can mold it into a ball shape and use it. My mum also states that it is a great stress reliever!
Whenever you place the putty in a tin whatever the shape, as long as you leave it within it, it will begin to melt and go all on the base of the tin. The main problem with this though as even though they do warn you (this is shown in very small letters on the tin) that it can only be used on hard surfaces, as if it goes to fabric, it can be hard to get out.
While this putty is used quite a lot in our family, it is definitely not worth the high price tag and I would say that if you can get it for £2-£3 definitely invest in it. While a small price, it does have a lot of uses and can be enjoyed by everyone
Do yourself a favour, and throw this idiotic stuff away before it costs you a small fortune.There's a reason some substances are kept in the lab, even when they are really exciting and cool. I know of a fabric cleaner invented in the early eighties which would put persil out of business overnight, but it hasn't been commercialised on the off chance it could blow a house up if some idiot mixed it with a certain cooking ingredient.In the case of science putty, it melts into everything you'd rather it didn't, and ruins it.DooYoo rself a favour and avoid.
Christmas, time of eating too much food, TV specials and, more often than not a surprising present or two. This year, I was lucky enough to get a stream of gifts from this very site, as one of the winners of a Christmas comp, and parcel 4 out of a fair few (with, I think one to come) was this tin of Science Putty!
It's a small tin, of shoe polish size which was immediately grabbed by my kids as soon as it arrived. Luckily for me, as it transpired, the tin was quite firmly closed and the putty, which was bright orange in my case (it also comes in black), was sealed in a plastic bag. There's probably enough for the tin to be a quarter fill if it is flat. Having been to a fun science talk at our local "Discovery Centre" coincidentally this year I knew that this kind of putty is both a liquid and solid at the same time - the tin told me that it can be used to "bounce, shatter, tear, shape and play", which is what we started doing with it at once. The putty can be rolled into a ball, or if stretched between two people slowly go into a really long string, if you pull fast it will shatter apart (something to do with viscosity and molecules if I recall rightly from that talk) - if you push your finger slowly into to the putty it will go in slowly, but stab fast and your finger will go nowhere - the putty is strange and strangely therapeutic to play with if you knead it in one hand. If you leave the putty in the tin in a ball, eventually it will "melt" and appear to be liquid, but then can be removed and rolled into a ball again - if you have ever played with cornflower and water it's the same kind of thing. It's great fun to play with in a stocking filler kind of way but with some provisos.
In the tin lid there is a whole section of warnings about what can happen if the putty sticks - it tells you to keep it away from "clothes, hair and fabrics, including carpets" - which doesn't leave as much scope as you would think, there's a strong warning about you needing to consult a professional carpet cleaning company if it gets stuck on your upholstery, which does kind of take the shine off things, particularly if you only read the warnings once the putty, in string form, is tangled in your child's hair....
Still, through fairly extensive use of this no permanent harm has come to any of my household, though I have restricted play to the kitchen, where it turns out the putty in ball form can bounce quite high and off surfaces and has more play value than you would think. It's quite durable too, though prone to picking up bits of hair and dust, it doesn't dry out in the fairly sturdy tin and has great novelty value.
Perhaps due to the fact that the tin bears the Science museum name I would have liked to see a bit more explanation of what this putty is and the science behind it, but after all the warnings I don't think there was room on the tin, besides which I remember playing with something similar when I was a child (remember "silly putty?") and not worrying about how it worked, just finding it fun; mind you we didn't have health and safety warnings back then. Some things though never change and this putty is just as enjoyable as I remember, though modern newspaper ink doesn't transfer on to it like it used to back in the old days, making strange farty noises with the putty is just as much fun as it ever was! We've played with it quite a lot through the Christmas holidays, no doubt it will languish in a drawer for a while now, but isn't that always the way with these kind of items?
I probably would never have bought this putty, it's definitely one of those gift items, but actually it's been kind of amusing and distracting, as have a few of my presents from dooyoo - so on that basis I recommend it, though I'm taking off a star for all those warnings, and the fact that the tin makes you think you are going to get more putty than you actually do. Still a great stocking filler - the tin says not for under 3's, but I would think it would appeal to anyone of an age not to eat their toy things (with supervision) and adults alike - just read the inside of the lid before getting it stuck somewhere, permanently.
More info about this kind of putty, originally known as "silly putty"and the science and history behind it can be found on wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silly_Putty it's really interesting reading!
Bend it, melt it, cool it, stretch it - Science Putty is hours of fun in one small tin.