Here is a fun, easy, cheap activity for a cold winter day. And who says it has to be for kids?

Oobleck is the answer if you are looking for what to do with kids!  It is also a great activity to celebrate Dr. Suess.  This could be a good science experiment at school. The oobleck recipe is quite easy! It is only two ingredients; water and cornstarch. Anna added some food coloring to hers to make colorful oobleck!what-is-oobleck1

Oobleck Recipe

To make your own oobleck, mix 2 cups of cornstarch and 1 cup water in a bowl. If you want to color your oobleck like Anna did, add a few drops of food coloring to the water before adding to the cornstarch. It took some effort to mix the water and cornstarch. Try it out (hit it with your fist and pour it off a spoon to see if it works) before you give into the urge to add more water to make it easier to

This stuff is amazing. You will be totally taken with this goo. If you quickly smack oobleck with your hand it immediately turns into a solid, instead of splashing or moving. If you slowly move oobleck it reacts like a liquid.

The oobleck will take a lot of fist smacking and your kitchen will be filled with wide eyes of amazement and much laughter!

If you want to get a really good deal on cornstarch, get the huge plastic container at Costco. I did this once a few years ago and I am still using it. I transferred some into my ‘old’ cornstarch container about ten times so far. I don’t remember the price, but I think it worked out to about 1/10th the cost of buying the regular size in the market.

Most recipes that call for cornstarch only require about 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup or even a tablespoon or two. So this will last a looooong time.

The only hard part is that you have to store this huge container somewhere and then remember where you put it when you need to refill your cornstarch supply.