*Purchase 4% polyvinyl alcohol solution or make your own: Dissolve 1/3 cup of polyvinyl alcohol powder in a quart of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on high for 8 - 10 minutes, stirring every minute. OR Stir 1/3 cup of polyvinyl alcohol powder in a quart of cold water in a pan. Heat over medium-high heat while stirring constantly. Cool before using. Add a few drops of lysol cleanser to retard mold growth.
Laundry starch/glue putty
• 2 tablespoon Elmer's school glue
• 1/2 drops food coloring (optional)
• 1 tablespoon Sta-flo laundry starch
• popcicle stirring stick
Thoroughly mix glue and coloring. Stir while adding starch. A thick lump will begin to form on the stick. Continue to stir thoroughly. Reach in and remove the putty with your fingers. Rinse well under running water. Store in a zipper bag.
Poke, pour, clap, strike! Squeeze it. Make it into a ball and throw onto a linoleum or tile floor. Pull it slowly; then quickly. Set a penny on the top to see if it sinks. Have a race across a plate! See how non-Newtonian fluids act!
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