Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I have read about making cornstarch goo for a long time, but never had the cornstarch and the idea at the same time. Today it dawned on me that I had all the ingredients (cornstarch and water!) so I rounded up the Punk, and we made goo. Or Goopley as he calls it.

The Internet recipes vary. Some say equal parts water and cornstarch, some say 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water - we just winged it. We started with a little of each, and added more of this or that when we felt it needed to be thicker or thinner.

Plus we added blue food coloring. Why blue? Why not?

It is one of the strangest things I have ever played with! It's soft and powdery, but wet and gooey all at once. It's not slimy, but rather silky and slippery. The Punk was head over heels for this stuff!
One of the most interesting things about Goopley is you can form it into a solid - like a ball of clay almost. Passing it back and forth between your hands it begins to take shape... but the very second you stop moving it, the Goopley liquefies again and drips out between your fingers. Awesome stuff!

Cornstarch and water. Who would have guessed he would play with this Goopley stuff for more than an hour? Next time I want to add more colors, and the Punk wants to make some that looks like mud so he can play with his tractors. This is going to be a repeat activity for sure!

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