Oobleck is a great sensory play opportunity for kids. This lemonade oobleck brings the feel of summer into play even if it’s the middle of winter. It combines sensory and science to create a very cool sensory play material. I was inspired by our lemonade sensory soup.
This scented sensory play recipe is so simple. Only 3 ingredients are needed. Kids can easily make this oobleck slime themselves. Younger ones that need mom or dad’s help can help to measure and pour by stirring.
Lemonade Oobleck Recipe:
- 1 cup of cornstarch
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 Tbsp. of powdered lemonade mix
- craft/popsicle stick
- Pour the water into the bowl.
- Add the powdered lemonade mix and stir with the popsicle stick until well mixed.
- Add the cornstarch and mix.
Sensory and Learning Opportunities:
Math – Kids can measure the ingredients. Doubling the recipe or halving the recipe provides a more advanced math learning opportunity.
Science – This hands-on science project is a great example of suspension, as the grains of cornstarch are suspended in the water, but over time will settle to the bottom if allowed to rest for an extended amount of time.
Is it a liquid? Is it a solid? That depends on how you touch it. When pressure is applied, the cornstarch bonds together to form a solid. Yet, when a soft touch is applied, it remains in its liquid state.
To expand on the science lesson, research non-Newtonian fluids and why oobleck can be both a liquid and a solid. Read more about the science behind this substance. Sensory – Lemonade oobleck provides visual, tactile, proprioception, and olfactory sensory input. Children can see (visual) the colour and explore shape as it changes from liquid to solid. They can touch (tactile) and feel the texture of the state of matter change.
Their proprioception will be engaged while they apply pressure to the oobleck to form it into a solid. And they will smell (olfactory) the scent of lemon.
Vocabulary and communication – Kids can communicate their observations of this sensory science activity. They can ask questions and expand their vocabulary as they learn.
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