My kids love messy activities. This fun, edible sensory activity is quick and easy to make and is always a hit with my kids. It's suitable for children of all ages/stages under adult supervision.
If your child has allergies to any of the ingredients listed, you will need to substitute the ingredient for a safer option.
Fill a bowl with corn flour, add a few drops of food colouring and a little bit of water. Mix until the flour is no longer in powder form.
Children can help make this substance and use spoons, forks or their hands to play with and manipulate the gloop. The texture of this apparently runny substance will have children engrossed for hours, exploring through touch, smell and taste.
Using small cups and bowls allows children to transfer the gloop back and forth, plus children can draw letters, shapes or numbers, and then watch them disappear, aiding literacy and shape recognition.
This activity is excellent in developing gross and fine motor skills, improving mathematical skills through weighing, and measuring the ingredients.
Plus it extends children’s language and communication through questions.
EXTEND YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING
Here are questions you could ask your child to help extend their learning:
How many spoons of water shall we add to the corn flour?
What does the oobleck/gloop feel/smell/taste like?
Is the cup full/empty?
Which cup is heavier?
What colour is the gloop?
Have fun and let me know how you got on!