Get down and dirty with some Monster Goo! Yet another creation made from CORNSTARCH! I know you are thinking, “Another cornstarch project?” Cornstarch is seriously becoming a favorite of mine. It can turn into so many things! This is super simple to make and loads of fun. My kids played with it for a good 40 minutes. That is a lot for us!
Here is what you need:
- Mixing spoon or fork
- A large cookie sheet or a clean flat surface to play on.
- Food coloring (optional)
The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of water in a bowl (if you want color, add it before you add the cornstarch – just a couple drops) and add 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Stir together.
TIP: I don’t know if it an elevation thing or what, but this recipe was way too runny. I added almost another 1/4 cup of cornstarch. You want the texture to be firm when you pick it up and liquid like when it is not moving. That sounds confusing, but you will know what I am talking about when you have it right!
Now the Fun Begins…
Here are some ideas of things that you can do with it:
Roll it into a ball in your hand and then see what happens when you stop.
Create a monster. Roll it up again and then lay it on the table (or pan) and add 2 marbles for eye balls to create a monster. Watch him turn into “Monster Goo”
Talk about the texture of what they feel. Is it hard? soft? sticky? slimy? Are your hands soft or rough?, etc…you get the idea!
Give them a couple of bowls/cups and/or spoons and let them transfer the Goo from one to another.
For older kids, see if they can recreate the Goo consistency on their own. It really is fascinating for all ages!
Cleaning Up Tips
Do not put the mixture down the sink when you are finished. Leave it out until it dries a little and then put as much as you can in the trash. I have heard that some of these cornstarch mixtures can clog drains.
When trying to clean off your playing surface, use the mixing spoon or your hand to gather all the dried pieces on the table and throw them away (see picture above). Then wipe it down with a dry rag. Since it turns into powder it makes it a lot easier to clean up. Then you can use a damp cloth if you have anything left. When I did this before, I wiped down the table with a wet rag and I was forever seeing powder streaks.
The same thing goes with any of the mixture that gets on clothing. Let it dry and then shake it off. It will be much easier to get off if it is not wet!