OOoooooo Grrrrrl, It’s Oobleck! #summerseries

We are kicking off Summer with some fun little Science projects at home. Oobleck is, put simply, messy fun…in a bowl. This is an easy, cheap way to create something that Dr. Seuss himself would be proud of. It’s also an easy way to keep kiddos engaged and occupied while you try to make dinner and want them to stay close by. 

Here’s what you need: 

  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 1/2 c. glue (we think it’s much cooler when you add the glue)
  • (optional) a few drops of food coloring
  • bowl

  
We did not measure when we made ours, sooooo that was fun. It took awhile to get the consistency right. If we do it again, and we WILL do it again, I’ll make sure to add the water more slowly. 

Here are a few pics of our journey with all things Oobleck.

  
And now here are the pics that show why you need to add the water sparingly, or else you’ll just have to add cornstarch over and over until it feels right. If it’s really runny, it’s not quite right. 

  
This has been the hardest project to explain with words. When it’s the right consistency, it will be hard, but gooey. You can absolutely tell when it’s right, because you can pull it back with your hands and it will feel like hardened cornstarch and then immediately melt back into a gooey state. You can see in the picture where Aleah is scraping back the mixture and making a hole in it, and how my side where I had just made a hole, is melting right back into place. 

 

The kids had a blast playing with it after we were done playing with it. 🙂 Make some soon and have some fun. It cleans up really easy too, even if it has hardened already. It’s also non-toxic, so if it gets eaten “by mistake” ( and you know who you are) you’ll be fine; it will just taste nasty. Happy ooblecking, everyone! 🙂  -Moe 

 

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