If you have ever worked with a special needs child or have a little ADHD yourself, you understand the importance of fidgets. One of my favorite included items in the Timberdoodle curriculum kits is the Mixed By Me Thinking Putty. It has been so helpful for both my kids. M who has ASD and ADHD and A who has Anxiety and ADHD. Having something they can squish and squash in their fingers as they work on their school works has made our school day run so much smoother.
There are three different types of the Crazy Aarons Mixed By Me Thinking Putty glow in the dark, Holographic and Hypercolor. Each kit includes 5 tins of clear putty, 6 colored pencils, 5 customization tin labels, a mixing mat with ideas for color formulas, and 6 different effect mix-ins to make a truly customized fidget for your child.
The 5 tins of clear putty come already with a label on them but if you change the mix later on you can use one of the 5 included labels to change it up. There is enough space inside the tins to add your mix-ins and still be able to close the lid. I would caution not overfilling the tins and make sure the putty is not hanging over the rims when closing as it can become difficult to reopen them, if you do. The tins are nice and small and are convenient to tuck in a pocket or a purse to have handy when needed. There is almost nowhere my son doesn't take his to help with his anxiety.
The mix-ins are all very unique and make really cool looking putty. the glow in the dark kit came with sparkle, shimmer, blue, red and the glow mix-ins. We experimented a bunch trying to make a variety of combinations. The tins are large enough if you want to use all of the contents of one mix-in for a single tin. Which is what we did for the glow in the dark. We wanted the full effect.
The mixing mat is a great tool. It not only protects your table but has recipe tips to help you build a custom putty. The mat is is laminated so the putty doesn't get stuck to it. It also folds so it fits conveniently back in the box. It is large enough for more than one kid to use it at a time.
My son really enjoyed the customization stickers and colored pencils. He loves art and really loved decorating the lids of all his putties. He may have enjoyed that more than making the putty. There are really so many ways to enjoy this putty.
I would advise for younger children to be supervised as this is very difficult to remove from hair, carpet and clothing. I do feel this is a very beneficial product for kids with ADHD, Anxiety and other Sensory issues. As I stated above it is a wonderful fidget.
My kids loved mixing and playing with this putty. We can't even start our school day unless they each have a tin at the table. It has really helped to make our school day run smoother. Having something they can "play" with while doing school work keeps the wiggles at bay.
I highly recommend this putty to all families, but especially ones with special needs kids. Having that thing that can help keep the calm can be a lifesaver. If you'd like to look into this for your own family you can find the putty here. Don't forget every purchase from Timberdoodle earns you doodle dollars for money off future purchases.
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