Valentines goop! Red hots are a fun Valentine’s Day treat, but they were a little too hot for us! Instead we turned them into Valentines goop for a bit of science and sensory play. Goop, or oobleck as it is often referred to, is super quick and easy to make and is a fun science lesson for kids. We gave it a holiday theme with with Red Hots! Holiday themed science activities are our favorite ways to play!
Red Hots Valentines Goop for Kids
Quick and easy red hots Valentines Goop science sensory play! This stuff is so easy to make with only 2 ingredients needed for the basic recipe!
What Is Valentines Goop or Oobleck?
It is usually a mixture of cornstarch and water. Roughly a 2:1 ratio but you can tinker with the ratio to find a desired consistency that still maintains the properties of goop and oobleck. What’s the science behind it? Well, it’s a solid. No wait it’s a liquid! Wait again, it’s both! Very fascinating to be exact. Pick up solid chunks, pack it into a ball and watch it ooze into a liquid. This is called a non-newtonian liquid, a substance that acts like both a liquid and a solid.
- red hots candies
- food coloring
- cookie sheet
- bowl and spoon
Simply mix up about a cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water! You can adjust the ratios as needed, but this recipe is a general guideline! Pour and spoon onto a cookie sheet or pie plate and set out bowls of goodies (really anything can be used for sticking into the oobleck!), add a pair of tweezers and play!
Valentines Goop Science Sensory Play
This Valentines Goop is one of our 12 favorite sensory play recipes from kitchen cabinet ingredients. Make sure to check them all out for unique play anytime! It’s a bit messy and I always provide my son with some sort of spoon or tool to ease his transition into using his fingers! Plus the red hot cinnamon candies gave off a delightful scent. Of course we tried a few but a bit spicy.
This time we added a new scientific experiment to our Valentines goop. I challenged him to explore what happens when you add more water. Then I challenged him to find out what happens when you add more cornstarch. He took the Valentines goop all the way to a liquid and then all the way to a thick almost solid and then back to regular Valentines goop again. This was such an easy way to have him make predictions, test his ideas, and explore change!
Although Valentines goop is a cool science activity, it’s also great sensory play too. We have done a few goops or ooblecks, and he is starting to understand the science behind it a bit more each time. I highly recommend finding fun ways to repeat science experiments to increase understanding! We are always finding new ways to try out similar experiments!
Valentines Goop for quick science play!
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