For a Good Time just add Silly Putty


The other day as I looked at the charging dock full of iPods and tablets on the shelf I thought back to when I was a kid and the Atari 2600 was the only technical device we had. We didn’t have DVD players in the car or even close to 20 different kid channels to surf on the TV.

So I thought of the simple things my brother and I would do to entertain ourselves when we couldn’t play Atari because my parents were on the only TV in the house. The one thing we could laugh with for some time was Silly Putty. I can remember the squeaky sound it would make as I would twist it, or the way it would bounce off the walls and floor when rolled into a ball. I think the most fun though was just the putty and a black & white print newspaper. When the putty was flattened out you could press it onto the paper and the ink would then pull up from the newspaper revealing a mirrored image on the putty.

Silly putty is still available in original and the glow in the dark so why not spend the $3 and see if your kids will enjoy it the way we did, my guess , probably not.


I grew up in western New York in the late 70's early-mid 80's playing with my Star Wars and Fisher Price adventure people. I have to say it was a good time.

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