Can it get any better than that? No, I thought not!
Go to the above site for an explanation of the science (basically polymers and pressure), but for the littles, it's just a lot of fun and a great way to learn about the physical world.
|Our green batch!|
Cornstarch (we used one box per batch)
Liquid food coloring, optional
Add water until workable, and voila! There you go. (If you add too much water, just wait a bit - it will dry out as you play with it.)
|It doesn't get much cheaper than cornstarch... definitely my kind o' craft.|
|Our 7yo, who hates to get his hands dirty, had to be gradually persuaded into this craft....|
|.... but the 1yo needed no such persuasion!|
|Oh, boy! (He spent the rest of the day coated in cornstarch.)|
One fun thing to try is squeezing a handful into a ball, and then throwing quickly (before it can turn liquid again) - then as it hits, watching it drip into a mass of goo!
We played with this for something like two hours, and had a great time - especially as we providentially picked one of the two cool days of summer to do it, so we had a lovely time!
This mess cleans up well, but I recommend doing out in the (non-cement) yard if possible, as we are going to have to spray our still-cornstarched cement to get all the residual cornstarch off of our patio.
|Just in case you were considering it, DO NOT TRY THIS CRAFT INSIDE!|