I decided to declare this week messy week at our house and I am going to try some of the goopy, slimely crafts for the kiddos.
The first thing we tried was making homemade Oobleck.
If you are not familiar with this product it is really the craziest stuff. It looks like spilled paint but when you touch it, it is hard like concrete.
I mixed this up for the girls to play with and really I could have spent ages myself playing with it. (Ahem… perhaps that is why they kept yelling “My turn!” “My turn Mama!”)
So it just takes a sec to whip up:
- 2 cups corn starch
- 1 cup water
- dash of food coloring (optional)
And this takes a little elbow grease to mix it up so you can treat yourself to some chocolate while the kiddos are playing later. You earned it.
It will really feel like concrete as you mix it- I gave up with the spoon and dug my hands in.
And the kids had fun for about 30 minutes playing with this. Now this is a messier project so you might consider doing this one outdoors. I planned this project before the kids went into the pool so we just did a quick handwash and all the rest was taken care of by the pool.
If you really want to go for it, you could make a huge batch in a tub or bucket and let the kids jump around inside.
Find more fun craft projects for the kiddos this summer here.
Source: Scientific American