Putty is similar to slime, only much thicker! Moldable, rollable, and holdable, putty has a plenty of possibilities! We carry two main brands of putty, both of which have enough varieties to entertain everyone, including color-changing, glow-in-the-dark, and glitter, just to name a few. Putty has many different uses to help target many different behaviors!
When your child is getting frustrated with a task, you can encourage them to take a brain break, and work on the putty. This will help children get their mind off of whatever was previously frustrating them and give them time to process through their emotions in a safe and productive way.
If you child is struggling with fine motor tasks, such as buttoning their clothes or tying their shoes, hiding beads in putty and encouraging your children to find the “hidden treasure” is a great activity to encourage developing fine motor strength and coordination.
Putty can also a great way to encourage children to use both of their hands, which works on Bilateral Coordination. Some ways to get your child to engage with the putty with both hands, is to encourage them so stretch the putty to make “snakes!” Once they stretch the putty, they can use both of their hands to roll the putty on the table into an even longer snake. Finally, when their snake is too long, have them gather up all of the putty and use both of their hands to reform the putty back into a ball. Putty will conform to any shape it is left in. Therefore, it should stay on hard surfaces, ideally in the container when not in use. Putty should NEVER be left on carpet, on clothes, or put into pockets, it will stick and be difficult to remove.