If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make oobleck at home, à la Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss, this oobleck recipe tutorial is for you! Super inexpensive and a fun kitchen science experiment…
How To Make Oobleck
Though our spring break isn’t until the end of March, my kids do have the day off school today for a teacher inservice day. Having learned my lesson after the overabundance of snow days we’ve had so far this year, I knew I needed to have a project ready that would engage them and maybe even teach them a thing or two.
My first thought was to whip out my tried-and-true salt dough recipe, but they wanted something new and different. So we decided to make oobleck! And yes, it was MESSY, but it was oh, SO much fun… Every one of my five kids, from my 6-year-old right up to my almost 12-year-old, wanted a chance to play with it.
For those of you on a budget, you’ll be thrilled that this oobleck recipe is super inexpensive. In fact, you probably have everything you need for a basic oobleck mixture sitting in your pantry already!
What Is Oobleck?
While most Dr. Seuss fans are probably familiar with oobleck, for those of you that aren’t, I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of Bartholomew and the Oobleck. As with so many of his books, this is a lighthearted, fun read, with a really great moral at the end.
To give a quick overview, there’s an old king who wants something new to fall from the sky, so he calls on his royal magicians. They create “oobleck“, a green substance that rains down. The result is a sticky, gooey, gloppy green mess that covers the entire kingdom — and its residents. Along the way readers realize that just maybe we should be careful what we wish for. Thankfully, the king’s young pageboy, Bartholomew, saves the day by urging the king to say some simple magic words.
If you’re going to show your kids how to make oobleck, picking up a copy of the book is an excellent complement to the project!
Oobleck Ingredients & Equipment
As far as equipment, you’ll just need a large mixing bowl. No spoon necessary! And possibly an inexpensive plastic tablecloth to cover your workspace. Things are about to get a little sloppy…
How Do You Make Oobleck?
Okay, I warned you this was going to get messy… Both you and your kids will probably end up covered in goo, but it’s the best kind of mess — one that’s loads of fun, yet easy to clean up and washes out of clothes without a trace.
How do you make oobleck? Well, you won’t be able to mix it easily with a spoon. You’ll have to get your hands in there and work with it until it’s the right consistency. But trust me on this, you’re going to have just as much fun as the kids!
Easy Oobleck Recipe
The really cool thing about oobleck is that it’s neither a liquid nor a solid. It’s actually a suspension (known as a non-Newtonian Fluid) and will behave like either, depending on the amount of pressure you apply.
Squeeze it in the palm of your hand, and it will feel like a solid ball… But when you open your hand, it will flow over and between your fingers like a liquid. It’s really the most bizarre feeling — YOU’LL want to play with it for hours, too!
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