Did you know you can walk on oobleck? A couple of years ago my children took part ina fun race called Mini Mudder. One of the obstacles was a huge tray of cornflour oobleck which everyone loved, so when TTS Group kindly sent us a Messy Play Grab and Go Kit including a giant bag of cornflour we thought we’d try to create a smaller version in our garden. Our giant oobleck tray was SO much fun. We had it out in the garden for ages as it dried in the sun each day so we just had to add extra water to make it fresh and slimy to use again.
What is oobleck?
Oobleck is a mixture of cornflour and water. The funny thing about oobleck is that if you scrunch it up in your hand it feels solid but if you unclench your hand and let it run through your fingers it flows like a liquid. We call oobleck a non – Newtonian fluid as it doesn’t flow like liquids normally do.
How to make a giant oobleck tray
To make our giant oobleck tray I poured about 1 kg of cornflour into a large black tray and slowly added water until the consistency was wet, but solid when squeezed. If you don’t want to go large find out how to make oobleck on a smaller scale.
How does oobleck work?
Cornflour oobleck is made up of molecules arranged in long chains. When the chains are stretched the liquid will flow, but when you force them together they stick together to form a solid.
Giant Oobleck Tray
You can see from the photos how much fun we had. It is a lot of cornflour, but I left the tray to try in the sun and then scooped up the dry powder which allowed us to use it over and over again.
What can you do with oobleck?
We trying walking, running and even cartwheeling over the oobleck. The children found that if they ran quickly over the surface their feet stayed dry, but if they walked slowly they started to sink!
Once the big children had finished playing for day we added some plastic fish and turned it into an ocean play tray for the littlest member of the family. He loved it!
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The Play Based Mom has some amazing looking rainbow oobleck too!