Rainbow oobleck makes playing with regular oobleck, also known as magic mud, even more fun! This bright and colourful sensory activity is engaging and easy to clean up!
You’ve probably heard of oobleck, magic mud, or goop, or another name this mysterious substance goes by. Either way, mixing cornstarch and water provides a little magic for children of all ages.
Oobleck is so much fun for children, because of its magical property. If you touch it, it gets hard, but if you keep still, magic mud will melt off your hand.
Oobleck is a class activity for us in part because it’s so much fun, but also because it’s so darn easy to clean up! It never stains. Simply sweep up any crumbs, then wipe the surface down with a wet cloth and you’re done!
Oobleck is formed when you mix cornstarch and water. I usually start by mixing in equal parts, then adding more of either ingredient until I acheive the consistency I want.
My kids love any kind of oobleck, but rainbow oobleck really takes it up a notch. It’s so beautiful to look at, even though the rainbow only lasts a few minutes, until it’s all mixed together.
Although it looks complicated, rainbow oobleck was so simple to make and took only a few minutes.
How to Make Oobleck Without Flour
This is a common misconception about oobleck. You actually do not need flour at all to make any kind of oobleck. In fact, substituting flour for cornstarch will create a paste, like the kind you use for paper mache, not oobleck at all!
Rainbow oobleck, or any oobleck for that matter, is perfectly safe for babies and toddlers to play with. Because the two ingredients that make oobleck at water and cornstarch, babies will be able to taste it with no problems. Be sure to use food colouring rather than liquid water colours if you have a baby or mouthing toddler.
How to Make Rainbow Oobleck
So without further ado, here are the materials and instructions for rainbow oobleck.
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Materials for Rainbow Oobleck
- food colouring/liquid water colours
- several bowls
- a large container
- a spoon for mixing
- toys/tools to play with (spoons, cookie cutters, etc.)
- towels for easy clean up
Instructions for Rainbow Oobleck
- Add an equal amount of water to each bowl (the amount will be dependent on how much oobleck you want to make, but 1/4 cup is a good amount to start).
- Mix food colouring into the water (each bowl should be a different colour of the rainbow)
- Add the same amount of cornstarch to each bowl.
- Stir until cornstarch is mixed in, adding more or either ingredient if the consistency is not quite right (should be hard when you touch it, but runny when you hold it with your hand open)
- Add each colour to your larger container, working from one side to the other. Be prepared to do this quickly before the colours spread out.
- Throw some towels down for extra easy clean up.
- Let your kids at it and enjoy!
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I hope you and your families enjoy these activities as much as mine did!
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