Oobleck is nothing new, it’s been around forever. However if you’ve never had the pleasure of playing with something that feels like both a liquid and a solid (a non-Newtonian fluid, if you will), you’re missing out! We have made it many times before at our house, but it’s been awhile. We came across this classic Dr. Seuss book, “Batholomew and the Oobleck” at the library the other day. The book tells the tale of King Derwin of Didd and how he summons his royal magicians to come up with something new to fall from the sky and it ends up making one big old mess. The kids really enjoyed the pictures and by the end of the book they were itching to make their own batch of oobleck!
Oobleck is super simple to make. All you need is cornstarch and water (food coloring is optional). We used about 1 cup of cornstarch, 3/4 cup of water and a few drops of food coloring. The kids each had their own bowl and they mixed it all together, some with a spoon and some with their hands. I gave them a few kitchen utensils and other things to play with. The oobleck kept them busy for quite awhile! It’s such a weird feeling to ball it up in your hand and then let it ooze out between your fingers. Oobleck is definitely a fun sensory experiment to do with your children, so give it a try if you haven’t already!
Major mom fail … we added a bit too much food coloring and after they were done playing 2 out of my 3 littles ended up with stained hands, oops!! You should have seen the looks they were getting at the park later in the day!