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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 have seen that but never made it. Sounds like a fun time for sure. Hmmm… I wonder how much my daughter in law would love me if I went to her house and pulled this one out with the grandbabies? :)

  2. Absolutely adorable! What a little doll she is!

  3. Oh goodness, this is the cutest thing I’ve seen lately. Yay for Bridget coming to the rescue.

  4. So fun!!! I know what we are doing next time I baby sit!!

  5. OK…that totally made me teary to be called “Bwidget.” She is ADORABLE!!! Oh, she can come to my house and play with cornstarch and water ANYTIME!!!

    And this….”do important research on fun special things to do with 5 year old girls “….I love this! totally how I do my “research” as well.

  6. Making this today!! love love love your little sweetie :)
    Bridget is a pretty smart lady :)

  7. I love Bwidget too! It makes me want all of us to get together to play with cornstarch! Fun!

  8. I must do this with my kids with a tarp below them!! How fun. That Bwidget has some great ideas :) xo

  9. This is what memories are made of. Great way to spend time with your child.

  10. She is so cute! I swear…. you make the most gorgeous kidlets! :)

  11. Sometimes it’s fun to make a mess… looks like she had a blast doing it!

  12. How fun!! A perfect activity for hubby when he takes his vacation (then he can clean up!!), lol

  13. I may or may not want to eat her up!

    and I may or may not still LOVE to play with ooblek.

  14. yikes – that looks like such fun for the kids – i hope they helped you clean!!

  15. Totally worth the mess! She is darling!

  16. Great starter video here if anyone wants to see how it works:

  17. I just let me 3 year old watch that video, and guess what we are doing today now?!

  18. So cool, Kristen! I hope I remember to do that with my lil’ girl (10 weeks) when she’s older! Such a cute video…LOVE IT!

  19. ok – so NEXT you need to do THIS ::


    We haven’t made oobleck at ALL, but maybe we’ll try it tomorrow!

  20. Jon David is dying to try this now!! Off to buy a big tub of cornstarch. Your little one is a cutie pie!!


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