Materials List: Creepy Silly Putty

Photo shows a cardboard box of "20 Mule Team Borax—all natural laundry booster."
Borax is available in laundry detergent aisles of grocery stores.
Copyright © 2011 Denise W. Carlson, College of Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Each group needs:

  • 2 plastic containers, for mixing water and glue, and water and borax powder (such as GladWare tall square or deep dish plastic containers, ~ 6 x 11 x 5-in and 6 x 9 x 7-in [L x W x H]; no lids needed)
  • 3 disposable spoons
  • 3 plastic bags that seal (such as Ziploc sandwich bags)
  • 2 ounce (1/4 cup) measuring cup for fluids ($1 at Dollar stores)
  • 12-inch or longer ruler
  • stopwatch ($3)
  • white school glue, 6 ounces
  • marker, to label plastic bags
  • soap and water, for cleaning containers and hands
  • access to computer with Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet and graphing application
  • Creepy Silly Putty Data Analysis Worksheet, one per student

To share with the entire class: