Young children learn through play. When young children are actively involved in their own learning and having fun at it, they learn better. You can support their learning by engaging them playfully in everyday activities. The activities on our site are based on everyday experiences, use materials commonly found in the home, and most importantly designed to encourage children’s healthy development in all areas (physical, social emotional, language and literacy, and cognitive).

Ooh La La Oobleck (aka “Goop”) PDF FACEBOOK SHARE ICON.

This sensory activity encourages little ones to feel new textures

What You Need:

  • Plastic tablecloth

  • Two parts cornstarch

  • One part water

  • Large mixing bowl, foil pan, or plastic tub

  • Measuring cup

  • Pitcher

  • Painting aprons or old t-shirts

  • Bucket of water and towels for cleanup

What To Do:

  1. This activity can be a bit messy, so be sure to cover the table with a plastic tablecloth.

  2. Have your child help pour the water into the bowl, then add the cornstarch.

  3. Have her mix the ingredients together with her hands or a spoon until it reaches a gooey consistency.

  4. Encourage her to grab a handful of Oobleck and squeeze it.

  5. Ask her questions such as, “What will happen if you roll it into a ball?” or “What will happen when you let go?”

  6. Talk to her about what it feels like and what is happening. Use words such as: liquid, solid, mix, gooey, squeeze, ooze, slippery.

(Adapted from Baby Steps to STEM by Jean G. Barbre)