We made homemade Oobleck today — something I haven’t done since I was a child. It’s easier than making flubber and the ingredients are not toxic, so it’s a great project for younger children. Plus, it cleans up quite easily with warm water!
It’s fascinating stuff — and even more fascinating is the fact that it only cornstarch and water to make. It hardens up into a thicker dry paste, then softens up into a gooey liquid, and back again as you mess with it. It’s hard to describe with words how it feels the the different forms it takes, so I just encourage you to try it for yourselves and see what it’s all about.
I can almost guarantee you’ll have some fun with it! To read more about the science behind Oobleck or to get some more ideas of things you can have your children try with it, check out Science Bob’s Blog.
makes enough for one child — we made separate colors for each child
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 2-3 Tablespoons water
- 2-4 drops food coloring of your choice
Put the corn starch in a bowl. Mix the food coloring into the water. Add water and stir until it forms a paste. Spoon onto foil or a cookie sheet or plate and let your child have fun playing!
Cleans off easily with warm water.
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