Making oobleck, also known as cornflour gloop or slime, was one of the first science activities I wrote about on Science Sparks. I’ve given this very old post about how to make oobleck a bit of an update and refresh, so I hope you like it!
What is oobleck?
Gloop or oobleck is just cornflour and water. It’s very easy to make and creates a lovely gooey slime which feels solid when you scrunch it up and liquid if you let it flow through your fingers.
- Food colouring – optional
- Ice cube trays – optional
- Mixing bowl
- Colander, funnel and beakers – optional, but great for messy fun!
Instructions for making cornflour gloop
- Fill a cup with cornflour and pour it into a bowl
- Add water slowly mixing with your hands, until you get a sticky, slimy gloop.
- If you want to make it coloured add some food colouring ( be careful this can stain skin and clothes).
- Play with the slime and see how it behaves. Can you make it into a ball? What happens if you throw it onto the floor?
The science of oobleck
Did you notice that if you make a ball with oobleck or gloop it feels solid, but if you drop the oobleck on the floor it turns liquid again? This mixture is a Non – Newtonian fluid as it doesn’t flow like liquids normally do.
Cornflour gloop ( oobleck ) is made up of molecules arranged in long chains. When the chains are stretched the liquid will flow, but when you force them together they stick together to form a solid.
Cornflour Slime Play Ideas
Pretend you’ve run out of superhero slime, can you make some more? – this activity can also be found in Science Sparks the book, along with extension ideas and links to maths and English.
Try squeezing the cornflour gloop into a ball, it should feel solid. Open your hand and watch as the cornflour slime runs through your fingers.
Can you freeze the gloop? Our frozen Kool Aid oobleck smelled wonderful.
Try pouring the slime through a colander, what happens? Can you use the slime to trap a small figure or pretend spider?
The always amazing Babble Dabble Do has even more fun activity ideas for you, so don’t forget to check out her blog.
Housing a Forest makes oobleck dance!
Can you squeeze the slime into a ball? What does it feel like? How long does the ball stay solid after you let go?
If you used less water do you think the slime would fall faster or more slowly through the colander?
Can you make a giant oobleck tray and walk on oobleck?
I’ve got a printable instruction sheet available for this too. Head over to the experiment instructions page to find it.
If you liked this activity you might like our other messy play ideas too!
This activity is also part of my playful science series full of simple playful science activities for kids.
Last Updated on January 13, 2023 by Emma Vanstone
I always loved this activity. A favourite was rolling a ball in the hands then handing it to a child and watching it collapse. I would then ask what they thought had happened. Their responses could be very creative.
Ooo, going to have a go at this one !
Yup I think it is The Sunday Showcase you are looking for! http://www.classifiedmom.com/2011/08/link-up-you-child-centered-activities.html Link up 😉
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you learn something every day – something to pay around with when mu daughter is older. Please keep your blog going so I can refer back to it.
Being Mum and Dad
you learn something every day – something to pay around with when my daughter is older. Please keep your blog going so I can refer back to it.
great for a homeschool science activity – please follow back at http://biguniversesmallworld.blogspot.com
This is a big hit with my two girls (Emily 4 & Phoebe 2) and features in our Little Explorer classes for toddlers/preschoolers too and it is an activity that is always approached with curiosity, awe and amazement! Loving the picture too, this is a good activity around Halloween time especially if using green colouring. To avoid staining, particularly for younger children, we use waterbased paint to colour the ‘goo’. Thanks Lisa
Water based paints are a brilliant idea. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. x
My kids love to make this stuff! Great post- Thank you for linking up to The Sunday Showcase. Glad you could make it.