This glittery goo was so very easy to make and can be whipped together using only 3 ingredients. Often called ‘oobleck’, this sparkly oozy recipe is great fun for children to play with independently or as a group.
This type of activity is wonderful for children of all ages to engage in and great for their sensory development. The oozy goo feels interesting between the fingers and the addition of the glitter makes it quite irresistible for those who are a little reluctant to get involved and get a bit messy.
Recommended Age: 2.5 years +
(Active adult supervision is required on all my activities)
You will need
- 2 cups cornflour or cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- Jelly crystals 85g (used for colouring the goo)
Add the cornflour to a large bowl with the coloured jelly crystals (see above). Slowly begin adding splashes of water and mix until you reach your desired consistency. I used whole cup of water for my recipe. The mixture will be very difficult to mix but will seemingly ‘melt’ as it relaxes. Add in a good amount of glitter and you’re done!
N.B Cornflour and cornstarch can behave differently so add water slowly so your mixture doesn’t become too waterlogged.
The mixture should be quite stiff to stir but also have a oozy liquid texture.
Once I was happy with the mixture I transfered it to a wide container with tall sides. Possum (aged 2.5 years) couldn’t wait to get her spoon into the mixture and begin exploring.
This is one of the best goo recipes you’ll find, but of course there are many others, which you can find on my Pinterest board. The coloured goo looks so awesome when you hold a large chunk up high and watch it ooze back down to the container it came from. It’s wonderful stuff!!!!
I’m always reluctant to call any activity as ‘messy play’, as I understand that for parents it can be a little off putting, however, I was able to easily overcome any mess by dressing Possum in an apron, adding a towel underneath the table and chair and added a piece of large paper under the tray that had the glittery goo. Of course this activity can be done outside, but indoors works well when you have your space prepared.
As I explained above, the mixture will be very difficult to mix with a spoon as it seems to contract and become very stiff as you try and move it. If you look at the image above you will see how the mixture when quickly picked up will appear almost crumbly and dry, however……
…if you then give it a moment to be still it will seemingly ‘melt’ between your fingers and ooze into a gooey texture. How awesome is that! If you’d like to know more of the science behind it, click here.
The blue jelly crystals we used made our goo a wonderful colour, but you can use whatever colour jelly (or food colouring) you want! I chose to use the jelly crystals as it doesn’t seem to stain hands like food colouring can.
Children love messy play and they can never get too much of it. The learning, smiles and giggles that come from such an experience make it absolutely worth the effort involved in whipping the 3 ingredients together for their enjoyment. I hope you get to give this glittery goo recipe a try with your children.
Would your children enjoy playing with glittery goo?
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