Another really fun and messy (and cheep) activity is oobleck. This is literally as simple as corn starch and water but it has an amazing property of behaving like both a solid and a liquid. If you try to punch or poke quickly through it, it acts like a solid, but slowly slide your hand into it, and its like water.

Materiels

2 cups cornstarch
1 cup water
Food coloring if desired, but could stain hand or clothes

Riley got in on the action, and I adore this sequence of pictures of his exploration:

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He tried to eat it. Decided it didn’t taste good, but it didn’t seem to matter. He kept trying to eat it again and again.

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Because it’s corn starch and water, it cleans up really easy! Just some warm water. Landon loved playing with this. I have to admit it’s pretty fun for adults too (just use the excuse that your child wants you to play with them then you’re covered!)



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2 Responses to Oobleck

  1. Samantha says:

    I used to love this stuff as a kid!!! We called it something else though, I can’t remember what… I made it again awhile back when I was babysitting for a 4 year old. What a great way to kill an hour!

    • Jessica says:

      I’ve heard it called tons of stuff. I used to make this in my classroom to go with my Dr. Seuss unit as Oobleck is what the book called it. We also made some Flubber a bit back – it’s equally (if not more) fun than this! Thanks for stopping by!

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