How to Make Oobleck (2024)

Learn how to make Oobleck in just minutes! Oobleck is one of our families favorite sensory activities.

It’s a solid and a liquid! Oobleck is mesmerizing to play with! It’s a must try and super simple to put together.

Let’s learn how to make oobleck in just three simple steps with ingredients you have right in your kitchen!


What is Oobleck?

The cool thing about Oobleck is, is that it’s both liquid and solid at the same time.

When you tap it or pull it, the cornstarch molecules join together and it has solid properties. But when you leave them alone, they spread out and it’s a liquid.


Oobleck Ingredients

I love it when you have an instant activity at home to do with your kids!

Sometimes you just need that extra time to drink your coffee in the morning, so having something simple to make in just a few minutes is a win!

To make oobleck you need

That’s it! It’s the easiest recipe you and activity to do in a pinch.


Oobleck Recipe

Here are the simple steps on how to make oobleck!

#1: Add 2 cups of cornstarch in a bowl.

#2: Then, add 1 cup of water to the cornstarch and drop a few drops of food coloring inside and mix with a spoon. You will need to use your hands eventually because it will get too hard to mix.

#3: That’s it! You now have oobleck! Couldn’t be easier right? Now it’s time to play!

If you want to make smaller batches if you want to do multiple colors like me, you can also do 1 cup cornstarch and a 1/2 cup water.

We love our amazing tray from my friend over at Inspire My Play. It’s perfect for activities like this. There are individual compartments that you can put in the large white tray and you can take them out so you can use the large tray for big sensory activities.

You can shop her tray at the link below.

Click HERE to check out Inspire My Play’s Products


Ways to Play with Oobleck

We have created some fun sensory themed activities using Oobleck! It’s easy to add in a few different themed toys to your oobleck for the kids to have fun and extend play and imagination.

#1: Ocean Oobleck Sensory

Create an ocean scene with oobleck and sand! The kids loved the combination of different sensory items. Add your small ocean animal figures inside the oobleck to play.

Shop the small ocean animals used in this oobleck set-up HERE!


#2: Dinosaur Oobleck

We turned this dinosaur sensory bin into brown oobleck! The kids love playing with the small dinosaurs in the oobleck!

Shop the small dinosaurs for this sensory activity HERE!


#3: Construction Oobleck Play

We added some fun small construction toys and stones inside this sensory bin. This was probably their favorite set up to play with.

Click HERE to shop the small construction toys used in this sensory activity!


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about Oobleck.

#1: Can you store Oobleck to use again?

Answer: I have never kept it and stored it. It spoils easily. Honestly, it’s so easy and quick to make it’s never a big deal to put it together quickly if the kids want it to play with.

#2: Does the food coloring stain my child’s hands?

Answer: Nope! The coloring doesn’t stick to your child’s hands!

#3: Is Oobleck easy to clean?

It’s actually one of my favorite sensory items to clean up because it is SO easy! It comes off hands, containers, and if some gets on the floor it comes off very easy.

#4: How do you dispose of Oobleck?

It’s best to throw it away in the trash. It can clog drains, so don’t put it down your sink.


Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Oobleck is such a fun sensory activity for the kids to explore! It’s fun, different and super easy to make in just minutes!

Let me know if you try oobleck at home! I’d love to know if they enjoy it as much as mine do.

Deena

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