Beating the Heat with Goop

I have kind of avoided looking at the forecast for a few days, and when I finally got around to doing it this morning, I was greeted with a whole bunch of triple-digit temps glaring at me. That’s when I know it’s time to pull out some of our trusted projects from the past to make the time inside on these hot afternoons pass more quickly.

On today’s agenda? We’re going to do a science experiment by making goop – that fascinating substance that is both a liquid and a solid at the same time. I’ve adapted this post from one I did last summer on my family blog. After having a couple of “awww…look how much my baby has grown!” moments when I skimmed over what I wrote and took pictures of last year, I decided to just use the same post instead of re-inventing the wheel.

I have two requirements when I come up with our special little projects for days such as today: 1) Something fun, easy, and inexpensive to whip up and 2) something for which I have all of the ingredients on hand.

I remember making goop with some little boys I babysat when I was in college, so I went online and found an easy recipe.

Here’s what you need if you decide to try it yourself.

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
A mixing bowl
A surface you don’t mind getting messy. (This stuff is messy, but it cleans up easily.)

Mix and then get creative with your concoction.
He didn’t believe me when I told him it wouldn’t taste good until he tried it himself.

I never cease to be fascinated by goop. How does it manage to have so many conflicting qualities to it?

I attempted to get a picture of the two of us with our goop-covered hands by setting the timer on my camera. This is the comical result when you throw
in all of the messy factors of playing with goop with a toddler who could care less about posing for a picture and a mom who doesn’t know when the camera is for sure taking the picture.

We will definitely do this again! I was not really looking forward to the clean-up, but it actually came up quickly and without a lot of effort. He even managed to sling some onto the carpet, which I was seriously dreading to clean up, but it came up easily with a damp wash cloth.

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