Sunday, 2 February 2014

One of those "Look! I'm Not a CRAP mum! I do MESSY PLAY with my KID!" Posts. (Ooblek).

SO, I have become one of THOSE Mums! One of those mums who DOES things with her kids! Hooray! After drunkenly pawing over Pinterest crafty-keep-yer-kids-busy posts I've bitten the bullet and decided to attempt to do something fun/crafty/sciencey with my child and, of course, two of his friends so their mum ALSO thinks I am brilliant. Rather than let him destroy the house whilst I mainline coffee and scour Facebook, intermittently shoving the baby's dummy back in her mouth when she makes the slightest squeak. And obviously the activity I have chosen is a) easy to do b) quite interesting to play with c) colourful (i'm all about the colours) and d) easy. Did I mention the easiness? 

Getting stuck in.
It's OOBLEK. Yeah, i know, what the actual?! Ooblek is a name taken from a Dr Suess book for a slimey substance. What it really is: Ooblek the Non-Newtonian Fluid.. It's a viscous substance that has really strange properties that is fascinating for kids and adults a like. 

What you'll need:

Every surface covered if you're anal and don't like mess. 
Cornflour (often referred to as Cornstarch in online recipes. Over here (UK) we call it Cornflour). 
A big Bowl
Some more bowls
Food Colouring OR Cheapy water soluble kiddies paint. (Like the ones in the pic from ELC).

Directions: get the bowls, put some cornflour in each. Dribble in some watered down paint into each and mix thoroughly until you have a slimy, fairly thick consistency. Get the kids to stick their hands in it, squish it, roll it, splatter it all over the table, their face, their hair, the chairs, the floor etc (ok the last few are not recommended but may happen...). Then what WE decided to do was stick it in one big bowl (washing up bowl) and mix it all up together. It was fun and weird and slimey. It entertained them for aaaaaages and made a colossal mess. 

Then to clean up....just use warm water. But don't pour the ooblek down the drain. Best to either keep it in an airtight container for another day or let it dry out and chuck it in the bin. 

It actually rocked and now I am excited to try something else fun and messy. Yey! 


  1. Aw this looks so fun! I'm not a mum myself but I do look after my nieces very often - this would be a great idea to keep them entertained! Lovely post :-)

  2. brilliant post with just a hint of sarcasm. genius super mummy hehe xx love it!! and may actually try it. im a messy okay mum too...crjnge haha!! x @betseylovesx

  3. Thank you both! Yes Cara, sarcasm is my friend. ;) XXxx

  4. We call it gloop here, the kids love it on a tray running cars through it or writing their names in it. I love the fact it washes out and is easy to wipe up, #letkidsbekids

    1. me too! Was a pleasant surprise that it was so easy to clean up! #letkidsbekids

  5. We call it gloop too - my boys love it especially theyoungest #letkidsbekids

    1. Gloop IS a better word than Ooblek. Think Ooblek is probably quite American. Gloop it is! #letkidsbekids

  6. Fantastic messy fun! Kids love nothing more. I never thought of adding paint to it, great idea!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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