I am so excited today because Julie from Teaching “Good” Eaters is here to share a post about making oobleck!
I am so pleased to be able to guest post here at “Mess for Less!” When I discovered Vicky’s blog, and saw the title, one thing stood out in my mind: Oobleck! If there’s one thing that is both very messy, and very inexpensive- It is Oobleck.
pressure and it melts into a liquid.
To make Oobleck you need only two ingredients: cornstarch and water. I used a ratio of one box of cornstarch to 1 ½ cups of water. Most recipes recommend a ratio of 2 parts cornstarch to one part water, but I often find it takes a little bit of experimentation to get it just right.
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!