Thursday, June 7, 2012

Meet Oobleck - Make Oobleck

A slimey little fella that is sure to brighten up even the most grim of days. But be warned, he will make your house and children very messy. He is best when restricted to the outdoors and should always be followed by a warm bubble bath.

 

To make;

1. Mix one part cornstarch to two parts water (ie 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups water) 
2. add a little food colouring
3. enjoy the sensory experience


This little activity is sure to entertain both you and your kids for at least an hour. I made a batch, took it out on the back deck and let the kids add extra cornflour and water as they went. We observed the changes in texture and consistency with great delight.



Can you believe it was one year ago today that we had these shots taken? Head over here to read the birth story of baby Roo written by the master of photography himself.

16 comments:

  1. That looks like so much fun! I just read Tim's post....pass the tissues! Amazing!

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  2. So cool.
    Looks like you had a warm ole day today. We were shivering in the sun over here.

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  3. Looks like so much fun! I would love to try it but I am afraid that Baby C would just eat it! When do babies stop putting EVERYTHING in their mouths?

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  4. Oh you are a super great mum doing messy stuff like that. Maybe I should give it a go. It does look fun. And look at little pippi...she isn't so 'pippi' anymore! Straight, long and blonde?!? Oh, and crazy cute.

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  5. You can vaccuum it out of carpet once it dries!!!
    I used this activity with my respite kids all the time!!
    Sensory awesome + Dr Suess = Theraputic cool!!!

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  6. Oh this looks like fun! But I don't think Nath would be happy about this on the deck,
    I just showed him and he said 'surely she has drop sheets down' xx

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  7. Oh this is great, never fails to amaze me!

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  8. I do this and add a whole packet of cooked spaghetti. Once I actually even did it I side with different coloured 'paints' my youngest really doesn't like the texture and feeling. The oldest loved it enough for them both.

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  9. Ah, you're an awesome Mama, Em. This kinda stuff is what kids are all about... and it looks like they were loving it! Thanks for the recipe xo

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  10. Oh I love this stuff, it's great to play with. Fab pictures, looks like lots of fun was had. x

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  11. Wow that is so cool! I look forward to the weather warming up here so I can try it with my two.

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  12. Love this - perfect science lesson as well, my students never tire of it!

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  13. This has always been a hit with our kids...though I am yet to introduce the littlest to it :)
    x

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  14. You get mother of the YEAR for just allowing this to occur. At my place it would create about 5 mins of fun followed by 5 hours of cleanup! Great photos. And that baby is just getting cuter by the week. melx

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  15. I will have to give this a go - maybe in the Summer when I can hose the kids down with the hose afterwards... it is freeeezing over here in NZ at the moment!

    When I was a kid Mum used to get us to make what we called "oouey gooey" which was basically, just combining a bunch of ingredients, flour, eggs, water, flour, food colouring etc... until it got all ooey and gooey - some of my favourite memories!

    Thanks for the recipe! :) Jen

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  16. I hope you read them Bartholomew and the Oobleck to go with the playing!!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em