Today we made goop with the class. Having 28 children in our class, we needed to make 4 batches. We had the children divided into small groups and had a plastic tub for each group. We each took a group. While we were making goop, the other children played, and once the goop was made, we had those children make a new bucket of goop with us. By having the children create the goop with us, we covered math (measurement), science and sensory. It is a great activity that the children loved! It can get messy though, so make sure the children either have art smocks on or understand they need to try to keep away it from their clothing.
An easy goop recipe is:
1 cup of cornstarch
1/2 cup of water
food colouring (if desired, but recommended)
1 container to make goop in
Add the water to the cornstarch in the bowl. Mix with your hands. Then add a few drops of food colouring and mix again. If you need to add more water, do so with adding only a few drops at a time. You can also add just a few drops to the mixture, if it has been sitting out for awhile.
Ask the children questions like “What does the cornstarch smell like?”, or “What does it feel like while you mix it?”, or “What does it feel like once it is done?”, or if you add food colouring, choose 2 colours and talk about how the first colour changes once you have added the second colour. Then, just let the children enjoy the activity!
Not all children will like goop. Some children may have sensory issues, and not want to participate. That is okay. Just make sure they are engaged in another play activity during this time. Or, some may just want to observe.