Have you made oobleck with your kids yet? This sensory play material is made using corn starch and water and actually cleans up remarkably well. We color ours with non-toxic washable paint in place of food coloring, because food coloring can stain. But if you have a child who is prone to tasting I recommend playing with it uncolored.
Everybody has been sick a lot at our house recently, which has led to way too much grumpiness. I find sensory play to be one of the best ways to pull kids out of grumpiness. Corn starch with water and a little non-toxic washable paint (better than food coloring since it doesn’t stain) is a favorite sensory play activity in our house.
I don’t have a “recipe” for oobleck, but I recommend starting off with maybe 1/4 cup of corn starch and mixing in the water a little at a time. We often use a 50/50 mixture, but you can play with thicker and thinner versions than that. I add a small squire of paint. If you have a child who tends to eat things, I recommend leaving the paint out.White oobleck is still fun!
How Oobleck Works
Mixed with water, corn starch sometimes acts like a solid, but then “melts” into a liquid. This creates a fascinating texture for kids to explore as they try to mold and pick up. The sensory nature of this type of play moves children into a focused “flow” experience that eliminates all grumpiness. It feels like magic! Corn starch and water sensory play is not the neatest of pastimes, but it is hardly the messiest either.
My floor was covered with splatters like this afterwards, but it wipes up with a damp cloth or mop. Or you can be super lazy and let it dry, after which it sweeps or vacuums up (assuming your child doesn’t track it all over the house first!)
- Prep: Getting out corn starch, trays, water, and washable paint – under two minutes
- Initial entertainment: at least twenty minutes
- Clean-up: 5 minutes
- Cost: Less than $2
- Lasting value: Dispelling whiny/grumpy moods – priceless!
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