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Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: Yuck!


Boys like goo, slime, and other things that go squish…how about a clean(ish), germ-free/bug-free alternative to the snot, mud and slugs they like to play with? Come on girls, I know you want to encourage creative play and sensory feedback, but there are limits. Buckets O Fun has got the thing for you (and your next all boy birthday party). Yuck! is an acrylic polymer that absorbs water faster than a sponge, expanding to several times its non-hydrated size and comes in 4 different varieties: sticky, saucy, chunky, and snowy.

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Sticky is probably the most icky Yuck, with exactly the consistency of clear snot, you know the kind that comes from a perpetually runny nose? You’re thinking, how do I clean that up? More on that in a minute.


Saucy is a near second, with the consistency of apple sauce, but more cling-to-it-ness.


The Chunky looks a bit like crushed ice, but squishy.


And snowy looks and feels like slushy snow.

Fun to play with, if you like messy stuff. I didn’t find the yuck factor very high, really. But maybe that’s because I’m so accustomed to dealing with the reality of bodily fluids that really are yucky? Anything that actually starts as a crystal or powder and is added to water is just so…sanitary.

Easy to make and a little goes a long way. We received a teeny sample bag of each type and got anywhere from 2 cups to 5 cups of Yuck depending on the variety. We also received a sheet of science experiments (many observational, like measuring absorption rate and seeing what happens when you freeze yuck, etc.) and a sheet of party games. Yuck is sold in buckets, in amounts from 1 lb to 50 lbs, so you can imagine how much of the stuff you can make.

We liked the Chunky and Snowy best…easier to clean up and just plain cooler. The Snowy sparkles just like freshly fallen snow, but if you look closely, it’s little tiny beads of the stuff. Does not pack like snow, though, so don’t plan on building a fort or making snow balls. A neat sensation to play in, I can imagine hiding little trinkets in it for a party. The Chunky has a satisfying squish without really sticking to you. The Sticky and Saucy really are ooey gooey, you just can’t really get them off of ya.

Clean up is a little messy. I would highly recommend mixing this in a disposable container. We actually ended up lining our mixing bowls with 2-1/2 gallon zip bags and mixing the Yuck in the bags---worked really well and made storing it away for later play a breeze. Yuck! cannot be disposed of down your sink (it could seriously clog your pipes). The informational sheet we received recommended putting it in your garden when you are done with it (it apparently bio-degrades over time). I would not recommend that, I think it’s a very bad idea. The same informational sheet also warns against ingestion by people or animals as very dangerous---Yuck! absorbs water, think of the horrible consequences. Why risk having some squirrels, birds or your dog ingest the stuff? And as it can dry out and reabsorb water, it may hang around for a long time. Basically, you need to chuck the stuff and wipe your hands really well with paper towels. Then you can finish the job with vinegar or soap and water.

Overall, pretty good for a fun time, but I don’t really know what I would do with a pound of the stuff.

Yuck! sells at Buckets O Fun starting at $16-$20 for a pound bucket.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out how to get a free sample pack to try before you buy.

Disclosure: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a sample pack of Yuck from Buckets O Fun for this review. I received no compensation.

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