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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

Company: Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
Available: Now
Price: $10-$15 USD

Remember Silly Putty? Well, Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is billed as the iconic pink putty toy’s “cooler, hipper, younger sibling.” Like its forebear, Thinking Putty can be molded like clay and stretched like taffy. It’s also non-toxic, is scent-free, and doesn’t require water to retain its pliable fun factor.

So what’s different? How about 40 different colour choices, your choice of “effects”, and the chance to learn about science and nature? Each of the six varieties of Thinking Putty exhibits a unique behaviour based on physics or chemistry, including magnetism, iridescence, viscosity, heat sensitivity, phosphorescence, and luminescence. Many of the colours are also named after a natural occurrence (sunburst, foxfire), gemstone (amethyst, sapphire), or element (copper, gold) – further adding to this stretchy toy’s educational value.

Thinking Putty is available online and at independent toy stores. A tin will run you $10-$15 USD, depending on the color and variety you choose.

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