Children love exploring gooey substances! And no wonder- the properties of these mixtures make them fascinating for children to play with!
Has your child ever played with an oozy ‘liquid’ that they can also roll into a ball? The Oobleck activity allows children to experience a material that can act in a variety of ways, depending on how it’s touched!
Playing with Oobleck is a fun way for children to explore the properties of a substance (a “non-Newtonian fluid”) that can exhibit the properties of both a liquid and a solid.
When exploring Oobleck, children and adults alike can combine what they already know and understand about materials with what they observe while playing to draw conclusions about this strange, new substance. Oobleck challenges kids’ and adults’ perceptions about states of matter, as they explore this unique substance using their senses of sight, touch and even hearing.
During the activity children are encouraged to play with Oobleck, using their hands and a variety of plastic tools- along the way, kids discover ways to make Oobleck act like a liquid or a solid, depending on how it is manipulated. Grown-ups can then talk with their children about why we call something either a liquid or a solid, and figure out which state of matter they think Oobleck is most like.