This last week at Scouts we learned about oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid that defies some physical rules and properties. When gently handled it behaves like a liquid, however if you try to force it or push it, it acts like a solid. It was very peculiar and I had never witnessed such a strange compound. But it sure was fun to play with it and all the Scouts loved dipping their hands in it, picking it up, and experimenting with it.

Throughout all the fun and learning, I asked myself, “Oobleck, where have you been all my life?”. I had never heard of such an item. And yet it was so simple. Below is the recipe so you can make it yourself and experiment.

1 cup of water
1.5 – 2 cups of corn starch
food coloring if desired

Mix everything together and have fun playing, learning and experimenting with a substance that breaks the rules. I made some for the kids this evening and it was just as fun to play with. If you haven’t ever heard of oobleck, I highly suggest making some for you and your kids to have fun with, especially if you are a homeschooling family or have Scouts in your house.

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net

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