Ready for some fun? It’s just pumpkins and oobleck and it’s EVERYTHING.
Take a deep breath friends, this one gets a little messy. But it’s a “good” messy – meaning it doesn’t stain, it cleans up fast, and you’re kiddo will love every single minute of this. Pumpkins and oobleck. Who knew those were the fall peas and carrots?
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“Wait? Oobleck? WHAT?!”
Yes, you read that right Oobleck.
Fancy explanation: It’s a non-Newtonian substance that has properties that are both solid and liquid. Whoa. That’s a mouthful.
Realistic explanation: It’s corn starch and water and it’s really really cool when it mixes together.
It breaks like a solid.
It moves like a liquid.
It is just plain cool.
And now your going to do pumpkins and oobleck.
The lady on the Internet says “you’ve got to try pumpkins and oobleck” so what more do you need?! Blindly follow away.
Ok ok so maybe it’s not quite that easy.
Oobleck is a really fun, taste safe, not-going-to-stain-your-house-like-slime activity and it makes a dynamite sensory bin. It’s simple to make (you probably have all the supplies) and it’s not only engaging for kids of all ages, but they observe a lot of awesome science when they play with it.
OMG does it make a mess?!
But it’s a good mess. It’s the kind of mess that sweeps up and rinses out of clothing really easily.
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When my kids were done playing with this, I just swept up the oobleck from the floor and that was that.
No heavy lifting.
No picking rice out of the rug for days.
No stains from red slime.
Here’s how you make it
- Sensory bin or bath tub – I used a 28 qt bin from Target
The Recipe: The basic recipe for oobleck is a 2:1 ratio of corn starch to water. Here, I’ve done 2 cups of cornstarch plus 1 cup of water. I added 3 drops of food coloring to the water to make it orange oobleck.
The color is totally optional but also totally awesome. It’s super diluted so don’t worry: the Internet lady said it won’t stain little hands.
Stir up the corn starch and water and you’ll just “know” when you have oobleck.
Time to add in the pumpkins…
I set 4 smallish pumpkins into the sensory bin and poured the oobleck in with it.
I added an ice cream scoop and a small spatula as a tool for my son (newly 3) to use to decorate the pumpkins with oobleck.
Trust me on this…
It might not make sense right away (YES WOULD WE DECORATE PUMPKINS WITH OOBLECK?!), but it really does work.
My kids when to town on this activity and decorated the pumpkins for a full hour. THAT NEVER HAPPENS.
Yes it got on their clothing (it comes right out) and yeah, my floor had seen better days (but who cares?! They played for AN HOUR.).
When the kids are done playing, everyone in the tub.
The minute my kids said they were #overit and done playing, I carried the bin of pumpkins and oobleck to the bathroom.
I filled up the tub and put both my kids in it, along with the pumpkins.
They were tasked with cleaning the pumpkins.
The oobleck goes fine down my drain – the massive amount of water with it significantly dilutes it.
By the end of this activity…
My son – my 3-year-old who always wants to be by my side – had played independently for 60 minutes and took a 20 minute bath. That’s so amazing, I can barely write about it without smiling.
I know pumpkins and oobleck don’t totally go together
…but they should. And they do now! The lady on the Internet says they should.
You’ll just have to trust me on this one.