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The One Where I Ignore the Mess {Recipe and Video: Oobleck}

We had fun today…

Oh, yes we did… lots and lots of fun…

and to be honest with you, it was all kind of by accident…

All because I made a promise to my 5 year old that we’d do something really special this afternoon while Kelly (7) was at a sleepover. The promises of exciting things to come left my lips, her eyes lit up, and the voice in my head was saying “Well crap… now I have to think of something special and fun to do!”

I flipped open my laptop to check my email/Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest do important research on fun special things to do with 5 year old girls and lo and behold, if it weren’t the answer to the voices in my head in the form of a Google+ update from my friend Bridget.

Ummmm…. heck, yeah! I had cornstarch. I had water. I had a kid who needed to be entertained for hours. This sounded like a winner!

2 hours later, we were still playing with the Oobleck. I even turned a blind eye to the massive mess being made. Instead, we were having so much fun being amazed at how cornstarch and water can be a slimy liquid and then a hard solid at the same time.

Truthfully, I did ignore the mess until this happened…(which was a photo taken after I had already started wiping up the entire bowl of Oobleck which had been spilled on the floor and chair by my over excited daughter. Ahhh and look… I just noticed there’s a cracker down there too. Nice. Well, just keeping it real for you all!).

We still had fun, mess and all. So much that Ella decided to make a little video for you showing you how much fun playing with Oobleck can be. If you are looking for something to do to entertain your kids and don’t mind the mess, get some corn starch and water together and watch the fun unfold! You’ll love it, I promise.


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  1. I don’t even have a kid but i find it so much fun! Can adults play too? Please? :-) Your daughter is adorable!

  2. I have never been brave enough to do this with my kids…and the cleaning lady just came this week so we’ll hold off until right before our next cleaning. LOL. I bet my kids would love it though!

    A sink full of dish soap and water will entertain Madeline for hours though. Lots of bubbles, whisks, strainers, spoons, etc… And afterwards there’s a shiny, clean sink for me! I usually lay a towel on the floor under her chair and one on the side of the counter next to the sink.

  3. She’s adorable, and take it from this grandmother; this is the kind of thing that both she and you will remember and talk about when she is grown. What fun she must have had.

  4. I saw this on blue peter once i think and always wanted to try it but never did! I may not have a kid to entertain but may just do this for myself anyway.. :)

  5. I’ve had ooblek on my To Do list with the kids for ages. I think I’ll pick up that Dr Suess book at the library next week and do it at last. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Hilarious! I love these photos. It looks like she had such a blast, regardless of the mess. What a good mama!

  7. This is so adorable! This is something she will remember for the rest of her life. She will tell stories about it for years to come. Just loved this!

  8. What fun! I just absolutely love your photos and the video. I may move my crew outside when we give it a try though ;-)

  9. Josh Mason says:

    That stuff is really fun, would be epic stress relief after a bad day at the office too, just mix up a giant bowl of oobleck and play with that for half an your to destress yourself.

    And the mess is all part of the fun. ;)


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