Oobleck Fun - Pinterest in Real Life

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

It was a rainy day and my son was asking to do experiments again. I love that he is so interested in science since we did our failed science experiments a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to try something a little different that didn’t involve food coloring (recently my hands have been stained because we’ve been using it so much). I made oobleck once with my daughter a few years ago, but it had been awhile so I decided to try it again.

 

Mixing the oobleck...

Mixing the oobleck...

 

 

 

I found the ratios I needed to make oobleck here from I Can Teach My Child. I gathered everything that we needed and spread it all out in the living room on a mat to limit messiness. We used a spoon to combine the ingredients until it got too thick to mix. I love oobleck because it acts like a solid and a liquid and has a really interesting texture. We played with putting in more water and more cornstarch until we found a consistency we liked.

 

Finally sticking his hand in :-)

Finally sticking his hand in :-)

 

 

 

 

 

My son was initially hesitant to touch it, but after he saw me stick my hand in, he got brave and stuck one hand in. Then two.

He also used the spoon to whirl some onto our mat to see how it would look. Then he wanted to experiment by putting different materials into the oobleck to see what would happen.

 

 

 

This is what happens to a toilet paper roll tube in oobleck!

This is what happens to a toilet paper roll tube in oobleck!

 

 

 

He used a toilet paper roll and a baby wipe. He loved seeing what happened when he dipped different items inside. I was actually able to do a few chores around the house while he played quietly.

Once we were all done, clean up was surprisingly quick. We got in some fun sensory play and did a lot of giggling.

 

 

 


Have you ever made oobleck? How did it go?