The rain outside today has got me thinking about rainbows and activities to brighten up a ho-hum day. This is a great indoor activity to do with your child. SO MUCH FUN!!! You DO have to be a bit brave – and not afraid of a little mess… but you wouldn’t let that scare you away from a fantastic experience for your child right!!!!?
Making Rainbow Goop
All you need is one box of cornstarch, food colourings, and water. You will also want a cookie tray to contain the mess!
Dump the cornstarch in a bowl and very slowly add between 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water, stirring as you go.
You’ll know you’ve got enough water when the GOOP starts doing funny things like:
- Looking like it’s a liquid, BUT when you touch it – it’s a solid! (Whoa – what’s going on here? Have the laws of physical matter bent?)
2. Moving under your hand when you press flat into the GOOP! It really felt like it was ALIVE!!! Kinda creepy now that I think about it! Made me think of that Star Trek: Next Generation episode where Tasha Yar gets done in by the black tar monster. (Oh, oh – did I really just reveal myself as a Trekkie?)
3. You can scrape it up like clay and then suddenly it MORPHS into a liquid and drips from your fingers! (Hmmm…this could be VERY fun at Halloween in neon green for slime, or blood red!)
And before you ask, YES it was messy! But YES it was worth the mess! (Remember to do it on a baking tray like we did to contain it a bit!)
Onetime (my 2.5 year old son) L-O-V-E-D this stuff! But I can’t see any kid NOT enjoying himself. I had a ton of fun too!
Oh, and yes, this IS a picture of my son after dipping his face in the stuff. I believe my husband said, “WHAT the heck happened to his FACE!?!” when he saw the remnants of the blue food colouring on my son’s nose a couple of hours later.
No worries – it was gone after a bath that evening! (My husband and I tend to disagree on what constitutes “too messy!”)
Great sensory experience – and adding the different colours one at a time really helped us see how the GOOP moved and worked (not to mention made a nice little side lesson on colour mixing!) And when added gradually – led to a really neat swirly rainbow effect!
I found this recipe in an old collection of camp counselling ideas that I had held onto from my early 20’s. I can’t believe I hadn’t tried this before! Onetime played with this stuff for OVER an HOUR!
And from a personal perspective, I love the beautiful photos I caught of the colours!
This will definitely become a regular on our activity rotation! What do you think? Are you going to try it? Do you DARE???