January 22, 2017 Sugirdha 2Comment

Oobleck – the sticky green slime substance named after the Dr Seuss book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck. You can simple call it corn starch slime although it is considerably different from any other slimes you might have encountered. This is the easiest example of non-newtonian fluid (a fluid that doesn’t follow Newton’s Law of Viscosity) you might conjure up in your kitchen.

Oobleck is inexpensive and non-toxic. It’s relaxing at the end of a long day. That is, if you don’t mind the after-play clean up if kids are involved. This is our most favourite go-to recipe for slime. Technically, it’s not even a recipe. It’s so simple, you could get your toddler to make it. So here’s a non-recipe visual guide to the simplest slime ever. Enjoy!

Step 1 – Gather ingredients

You’ll need a large mixing bowl and water. You may try using a whisk but you’ll soon figure out whisks are only for “Newtonian fluids”.

Step 2 – Move to a ‘messy play area’ (optional)

We do most of our messy play in the laundry room. It’s away from the kitchen and yet within reach of it so I could let the kids play while I cook. There is also a small drainage outlet on the floor and in a pinch, I could just pour some water to clean the area up. If you don’t have a place like this, be sure to use a mat or newspaper to protect your floor.

Step 3 – Pour water and mix

Really, there’s no right way to do this. Just dig in!

Step 4 – Decide how to get your hands dirty

Step 5 – Get your hands (and possibly yourself) really dirty

Step 6 – Enjoy your Ooblek oozing through your fingers

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