I am so excited today because Julie from Teaching “Good” Eaters is here to share a fun and messy kids activity with us. Over at Teaching “Good” Eaters, Julie helps all of us parents of picky eaters (I know I am not the only one!) find ways to make eating more fun and less stressful. I am all for that and I always find plenty of good kid friendly recipes and ideas there.
pressure and it melts into a liquid.
hand when you pull it, but seems to melt when your hand relaxes.
The more kids who will be playing with the Oobleck, the larger your container should be and the more Oobleck you’ll want to have. I was going to have my three kids plus one of my neighbors, so I made 4 batches split into 2 large buckets.
My older kids have played with Oobleck before, but this was a first for my little one. He was a little unsure when he first put his hands in the Oobleck…
But it didn’t take long before he was fully engaged in the fun! (Perhaps overly engaged? Check out the Oobleck in his hair!)
The kids spent quite a long time simply grabbing handfuls of Oobleck and letting it drip off their hands.
After a while, I joined in the fun and showed them that you could grab a handful and roll it into a ball…
and then, stop applying friction and allow it to melt.
If you punch Oobleck, it will react like a solid, and your hands will stay on top, but if you stop applying pressure, your hands will sink into the Oobleck.
After about an hour, we washed everyone off (a bucket of warm water did the trick) and came inside to do Oobleck dribble painting.
I thinned the Oobleck just slightly with a little bit more water and then added food coloring.
I covered the table with brown craft paper ($1 at Dollar Tree) and let the kids dip into the paint cups and dribble the Oobleck onto the paper with their fingers.
Have you ever played with Oobleck before? If not, I encourage you to give it try. You’re kids will have a blast (and I bet you will too!) If you decide to try an “Oobleck Adventure,” be sure to stop back and let use know how it went!
Thank you Julie! How awesome was that? I love how the kids made some colorful drip paintings after they were done playing with the Oobleck. We will have to give it a try. Please stop by Teaching “Good” Eaters for more great ideas like this one.
Here are a few of my favorites from Julie:
There’s Love in Your Lunch
Scaffold Your Way to a Healthier PB and J
Where to Start with Picky Eaters