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Concord, California, United States
I am a sometimes-writer, everyday mama, creative failure and experimental cook. I am interested in living a beautiful life, spending time with my family and making things that I can feel proud of. When I'm by myself I'm usually outside. Don't bother calling because chances are that I didn't bring my cell phone because I couldn't find it. If you see me walking, it's because I lost my keys and if you see me with only one child... I'm probably in big trouble.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oobleck on Columbus Day

One of the great things about The Please Touch Museum is that they have this giant craft room with all kinds of cool, experiments and mushy, gushy, sticky stuff that you can make at home.

Last weekend when we were there they had Oobleck. It's a strange liquid that you scoop up with your hand, run through your fingers and and drop on the table. As soon as it hits the table it solidifies and you can peel it up and mold it. Also, it's liquid on your hands... but it can be peeled off as a solid. The moment that you put it back it's a big batch of liquid again. It keeps moving between a liquid and a solid- ENDLESSLY. The museum had the recipe posted and we made a batch of it yesterday. After the girls played with it we put it away and they got it out again this morning. It kept surprisingly well and I'm going to guess that it's the kind of stuff that lasts FOREVER. The best part ever, IT WAS SO EASY TO MAKE.


Here's the recipe, plus a few more. They are easy, snappy, craft experiments that your kids will love and are fun for a rainy day!


1 part water
2 parts corn starch.
Mix it with your hands and have fun playing.

Finger Paint

1/4 cup corn starch
2 cups water
food coloring
mix corn starch and water in a saucepan and boil until it thickens. Let it cool and distribute into jars. Add desired colors to the jars. Viola!


1 Cup plaster of paris
1/2 cup water
Popsicle, ice cube tray or other mold (5 oz paper cups will also work)
Powdered tempera paint or liquid craft paint
Mix plaster of paris and paint
Add water in mix
pour into the molds and allow to dry


1 part water
1 part flour
food coloring (optional)
Mix water and flour in bowl
add food coloring to your glue

Silly Goop

1 cup liquid starch
2 cups glue
food coloring (optional)
Start with liquid starch in a bowl. Add glue. Mix with hands. Add food coloring and mix well.


  1. I sent this to Stacey, my sister, for her kids and in-home daycare!

  2. Hey, your sister totally amazes me! I read her blogs sometimes too!

  3. Yeah, I don't know how she does it!