Wednesday, November 7, 2012

In Home Entertainment: Goo

This past weekend mom helped style a science birthday party for a friend's daughter and I got to help out, too. But I had a hard time understanding that I wasn't going to get to go to the party. So mom said we could try out some science experiments at home ourselves. First up was to make some colored goo. Only once mom went to retrieve the recipe from our post ages ago, she discovered our old blog wasn't being hosted by apple anymore and all those posts are gone :( No problem - this is an easy recipe, but so so much fun. So we thought we'd repost it.

All you need is cornstarch, water (about 2 cups per 16 oz. cornstarch) and food coloring (if you want to make it colored). We divided our cornstarch into two small storage containers so we could each have our own batch.  We each mixed in our choice of food coloring into about 1 cup of water.  Then mixed the colored water in with the cornstarch. That's it. You know you have the right consistency when you apply pressure to the mixture and it hardens, but will then turn into liquid when you ease up. You might need to play around with the measurements a bit, but it's all good fun.

We spent some time mixing and then making "ghost tracks" and drawing letters in it with chopsticks. And then I decided, and fortunately Cami agreed, that we could mix our two batches together to make purple (which is the only reason Cam agreed). We had blue and pink hands for a while, but then pretended we were wearing gloves and parlayed that into a game of "scary wedding," for which you had to be wearing gloves, obvi.

This is a good one to keep in mind in the upcoming cold winter months when you're stuck inside!

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