How To Make Oobleck At Home For Your Kids

You may have seen many videos where people make small pools of what seems like a thick creamy liquid, but everyone can jump in it and not sink. This sticky liquid is popularly known as oobleck. The extraordinary properties of this fluid make it an excellent resource for children’s sensory play and science projects. You should read through this blog post to understand how to make oobleck at home for your kids.

But before you prepare it at home, please learn what an oobleck is and how do it help kids?

Oobleck is a special type of play-dough like slime which is made using water and corn starch. It has derived its name from the Dr. Seus story ‘Bartholomew and Oobleck. In the story oobleck is a green gooey substance that falls from the sky and wrecks havoc in the kingdom.

Oobleck has some awesome properties – if you punch it, it behaves like a solid, but slowly dips your hand in it, and it lets you pass as a liquid. Because of this confusing behavior, Day Care Chino CA teachers prefer this excellent material to develop children’s sensory skills.

It benefits kids in many ways. Like,

  • It is used for their sensory development
  • It is inexpensive to make
  • It sets up quite easily
  • It is non-toxic and safe for kids
  • It is fun to play with

How to Make Oobleck at home for your little ones?

To prepare oobleck at home, you can follow this simple step-by-step instruction shared by the teachers of preschool Chino, CA.

Materials :
  • Cornstarch – ½ cup
  • Water – 3/4th cup
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Large mixing bowl
How to Make :
  • First, ask your child to take 3/4th cup water in a bowl.
  • Then, ad a few drops of food coloring to the water.
  • Now, ask him to take ½ cup cornstarch in a mixing bowl.
  • Add water slowly to the starch and keep on stirring with a spatula until it becomes gooey.
  • It may take some time to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Once the mixture is ready, your kids can start playing with it.

In many Child Care centers, teachers use tapioca or arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch to make oobleck. To make oobleck without using cornstarch, you just have to replace the starch with arrowroot or tapioca powder. Otherwise, the procedure is exactly the same as above.

If you are making oobleck at home, please follow certain safety tips :
  • It can get a little messy as you make it, so it would be good if you can cover up the floor before starting with the process.
  • Let your kids wear their old clothes while playing with the oobleck otherwise, their dress may get stained (especially if you have used food coloring).
  • While playing with oobleck their hands will become dirty and please ask them to wash their hands properly once they are done playing.
  • Do not drop the substance on your couch, or carpet, or mats, as it would be difficult to get them off.
  • Please do not dump the oobleck mix into the drain as it can clog the pipes.
  • Store it in an air-tight jar and occasionally mix to keep it fresh.