A free afternoon in our house is a perfect time for a science experiment. Liam has enjoyed experiments with water lately but I wanted to try something a bit more messy. The best experiments for us are hands on types with lots to do, lots of steps, and quick results. I have seen a lot of people enjoying oobleck lately and thought it was worth a try.
Typically, Liam does not like his hands dirty unless it is dirt and he is not huge into making messes. Yet we want him to make more fun messes and get messy in the process. I must be totally crazy but I truly enjoy the few moments where he has gotten messy and enjoyed it. Clean up is easy! We are continually trying to expand his ability to tolerate and experiment with sensory play that is a little different than the dry fillers we commonly use!
I like to set up the experiment when he comes home from school and has a chance to rest, have a snack or run around. Usually, a new activity like a science experiment is always welcome and even better when daddy is home to help control the mess! It’s also a nice treat for daddy to get a chance to be involved in some of our activities too! I set up all the items we needed so we were ready to go.
We used about a cup of cornstarch and a 1/2 cup of water and a little food coloring. We had to play with the ratios a little bit and needed to add some more water but that made it fun too!
The process was fun, but Liam, as I figured, needed to wash his hands every other minute and mostly watched me and dad play with the stuff. It was pretty cool and we talked about what it felt like and what it looked like. It was fun and messy, very messy. Glad to have done it but I am still finding oobleck on the walls and cracks in the floor as there was a trail to the bathroom and all over the sink! I am not sure if repeated exposure to the same exact material will help or not, so we will have to set up another date with oobleck soon!
What do you do with oobleck? I would love to hear in a comment!