Crazy Aaron’s Magnetic Gold Rush Thinking Putty, 3.2-Ounce
Last updated date: May 18, 2020
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Made with non-toxic silicone, this putty is free of both gluten and latex. It is recommended for kids aged 8 and over, so it will likely be best for your older children. You'll get 3.2 ounces of putty in a brilliant gold color for hours of fun. In our analysis of 0 expert reviews, the Crazy Aaron's Crazy Aaron's Magnetic Gold Rush Thinking Putty, 3.2-Ounce placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
Catch the spirit of '49! Inspired by the historical events of California's gold fever, our Gold Rush Thinking Putty is rich and striking. A true gold color, it includes a powerful magnet that will help you draw out some opportune ideas—and perhaps alter the course of your own history as well. Each tin includes 1/5 lb of Gold Rush Thinking Putty—a huge handful for tons of fun—and a 1" x 1" ceramic magnet. Made in the USA of non-toxic silicone, never dries out & is easily removed from solid surfaces Gluten free, latex free and amazing for special needs, gifts & much more! Because of strong magnets this putty is recommended for 8 years and older
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An Overview On Magnetic Putties
You likely have at least encountered Silly Putty at some point in your life, so it’s understandable that you’d want to introduce it to your children. But Silly Putty has seen various versions over the years, including those that glow in the dark and change colors.
Silly Putty is actually a viscoelastic liquid that also has some elastic to it. The hydrogen bonds between the molecules in Silly Putty can be easily broken, but the design of the material breaks it down more as increasing pressure is applied. This makes Silly Putty especially malleable, which is why you can go from bouncing it on the floor to stretching it out.
A new trend in Silly Putty involves making it magnetic. Instead of merely stretching the putty around using your fingers, this means you can apply pressure with a magnet. This adds an extra element of fun for children while also making it a tool for teaching how magnets work. But it’s also a fun toy for adults, who find it can work as a stress reliever, similar to the many other stress-relieving toys found on desks.
To make silly putty magnetic, manufacturers add iron oxide particles to the material. Simply hold a magnet close by and the putty turns into a “blob,” gradually swallowing the magnet in a way that’s fun and entertaining.
But magnetic putty isn’t just for playtime. The material also has practical uses. Astronauts have used it to suspend items in space, and it’s been used underwater to test structures and pipes for damage.
It’s important to note that you can’t just use any magnet with this type of putty. To get the material to swallow the magnet in the way you want, you’ll need an extra-strong magnet that has ferromagnetic properties. Even with the right type of magnet, though, you may find you’ll need plenty of patience since the process can take a while.
DWYM Fun Fact
Silly Putty has an interesting history. It was invented by an engineer named James Wright, who was looking for an inexpensive substitute for rubber during World War II. He accidentally dropped some of the boric acid he was working with into silicone oil and discovered it created an interesting type of material. Although his invention didn’t take off with the government, a businessman later noted the fun that people were having with it at a party and decided to turn it into a toy. It originally came out at Easter, which explains why Silly Putty has historically been packaged in plastic eggs.
The Magnetic Putty Buying Guide
- You’ll need a specific type of magnet for magnetic putty to perform at its best. Check to make sure your magnetic putty comes with a magnet to save yourself the trouble of tracking one down.
- Not all silly putty is safe for children of all ages. Look at the recommended ages of the magnetic putty you’re buying before you make your purchase.
- Keep in mind that even though putty isn’t designed to be eaten, younger children will sometimes try to ingest it. Even if it isn’t eaten, children could touch it and put their fingers in their mouths. Carefully check the list of ingredients and make sure younger children are supervised while they’re playing with it.
- If a member of your household has gluten sensitivities, you can find magnetic putty that’s gluten free. There’s also putty that’s free of latex for households sensitive to that.
- Flexibility varies widely between putties. Some have a more liquid-like structure that creates an ooze. This can be fun for watching the material swallow the magnet, but if you want a putty you can form into shapes or bounce, you’ll want to stick with one that has a thicker structure.
- Multipacks are great if you have more than one child, but they can also make fun gifts for parties and sleepovers. You can buy them in packs going as high as the hundreds, so look for that if that’s something you’re considering.
- When it comes to colors, there’s no limit to what you’ll find with magnetic putty. They often come in bright, vibrant colors. If you want to make things more interesting, track down a pack that has a variety of colors. This can also be useful in giving each child in your household a different-colored putty he can call his own.