DIY Oobleck is a Fun Kids Science Experiment
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Looking for a unique kids activity to keep them busy and entertained?
Try creating some gooey Oobleck as a classic science experience. In fact, your kids may have already made this at school, but it’s also a fascinating at-home activity for all ages.
Curious about the science behind Oobleck?
According to Instructables.com, “Oobleck is a non-newtonian fluid. That is, it acts like a liquid when being poured, but like a solid when a force is acting on it. You can grab it and then it will ooze out of your hands. Make enough Oobleck and you can even walk on it! 😱
Hip DIY Tips:
- When making, start by adding about 1.5 cups of cornstarch first, then add 1/2 cup more as needed.
- Oobleck is a fun, yet messy activity! However, just washing your hands and bowls with warm water will work. Just make sure it doesn’t get on the couch or carpet. You may want to even cover the floor or countertop where you’re doing this with a plastic trash bag or tablecloth for easy clean-up.
- You can store Oobleck in a covered container and play with it again. If left out, it will just dry up.
- Never toss an entire batch of Oobleck into the sink as a large amount can clog the drain. Simply throw Oobleck in the trash when done. I found it easiest to tip over the bowl in the trash and let it ooze out slowly, rather than trying to dig it out all at once.
- 1 cup water
- optional: food coloring or paint
- 1.5 - 2 cups cornstarch
Once you are done making Oobleck, have fun playing with it, and testing what it can do!
Jab at it using your fingers or a fist while it fills the bottom of a bowl and see how hard it feels. Then make a ball and squeeze to see it gush out like a liquid. I have to admit, even I had fun playing with Oobleck! It looks cool when you combine colors also.
Glow & Flow Fun!
So our glow in the dark painted batch of Oobleck didn’t glow super great on its own, but looked really cool when using a black light to shine on it! Overall this is a fun activity to consider. My kids are older and still enjoyed it!