Friday, October 29, 2010

Yuck, Yuck, Yuck, Yuck


This is one of the more fun products we have tested for TOS Homeschool Review. The title for this post is Yuck, Yuck, Yuck, Yuck because there are 4 kinds of Yuck at Buckets of Fun: Snowy Yuck, Saucy Yuck, Sticky Yuck, and Chunky Yuck. So this will be a very Yucky post. I know, so sorry about that droll pun! I just had to do it. Happy Smileys We got the sample pack, you can get one too, information on that is lower down in the post.

The yuck products are polymers.
"Tiny molecules strung in long repeating chains form polymers. Why should you care? Well for one thing, your body is made of them. DNA, the genetic blueprint that defines people and other living things, is a polymer. So are the proteins and starches in the foods we eat, the wheels on our skateboards and in-line skates, and the tires on our bikes and cars. In fact, we’re surrounded by polymers every day, everywhere we go." (quote from
Well the yuck came in 4 little plastic packages. It also came with a little instruction book with some directions of how to use it... like little experiments. My older son helped me with all of the yuck. My younger son does not like things like this. They make them gag. So he came to look at some of the yuck but did not want to participate or touch it.

Snowy Yuck  
We got about 2 teaspoons of Snowy Yuck in the package. It looks like sugar.

Add 2 cups of water to start and stir

This is what it looked like after 4 cups of water.

It didn't really make a snowball that stays together but it was fun to play in

Here is a video of my son playing with the yuck.

Saucy Yuck
also started out with about 2 tsp. looked a little more powdery than the snowy yuck

this was way to thick... this was supposed to be like applesauce... need to add more water

that's better

little "crystals" of yuck

Sticky Yuck
looks about the same as the others in the package and was about 2 tsp.

but it doesn't look the same after you add water
looks like...

ds would not touch this one

if you have brave children you could have them do this...
my kids would not do this... though I asked
(this picture is from the Buckets of Fun website)

Chunky Yuck
looks very different, like coarse salt or a little larger.

the chunks take a lot longer for the water to soak in

small crystals after about 20 minutes

We added more water and waited and after a couple hours we had this...

Chunky Yuck is my favorite!! It is fun to play with.

See other Yuck Demonstrations on youtube video (click the YouTube box to see them)

What educational value does yuck have??? Not much by itself, but it is a lot of fun!!! You could do a little study on polymers. Here are a couple of  good sites (and I am sure there are more)
Buckets of Fun has been around for 4 years. They are teaming up with a veteran science teacher to bring affordable easy to use projects for the classroom and at home. They said to watch their website in the coming months.

Our samples of yuck also came with a game sheet to show us what could be done with larger quantities of yuck. They suggest using it on a slip and slide,  for a tug of war over a kiddy pool of yuck, or a even yuck balloon toss and they have a lot more ideas.

Here is how you can get a Free Yuck Sample
(One per organization/individual)

Chunky Yuck
1 lb $16      5 lb $70     50 lb $400

Saucy Yuck
1 lb $18     5 lb $80     50 lb $475

Sticky Yuck
1 lb $20     5 lb $90     50 lb $600

Snowy Yuck
1 lb $20     5 lb $90     50 lb $600

They also have some Yuck Accessories a Yuckzooka (shoot some yuck at someone), some Yuck Tints (make yuck yuckier by making it GREEN, or other colors) and a few other things. Buckets of Fun also has other products like a 4 way tug of war called X Force Eliminator, Water Balloon Launchers and Sqwistles (a whistle you squeeze instead of blowing in... so you can pass it around without passing germs around).

Out of five stars I give Yuck:

To see what my other crew members have to say about Yuck check out the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog.

***Buckets of Fun provided me with a a sample of each of the 4 kinds of Yuck so that I could do my review. Though I received this product for free I have given an honest review of it here in this post.

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