As you may know I nanny for a wonderful family that has three little kids. The little girl is two and a half and the twin boys are about fifteen months. Add Emma to the mix and it is quiet a houseful. We love to have fun though and some of my favorite things to do with the kids is experiment with art projects. Our latest adventure involved a lot of goop fun. The best part about it was that it was mess free. And when you are trying to take care of four children under the age of three, you can’t ask for anything more. Here is what we did. (sorry about the low quality pictures. I was taking them super quick with my I Phone)
To make the Goop fun you will need:
- 1 cup cornstartch
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 cups cold water
- Ziploc bags (I used 1 quart size bag and 3 sandwich bags for my kids but you can use gallon size bag if you like.)
- tape (duct tape, painters tape, any kind of tape to completely seal the bag)
First mix the cornstarch, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Keep stirring until the mixture begins to thicken .
Take off the heat and keep stirring until it feels and looks like pudding. Then let it cool for about 1/2 hour.
Divide the goop into at least two bowls and add food coloring. (I did yellow and red because they are my favorite colors and together they make orange which is my other favorite color :))
Divide the first goop color in the bags, then add the second goop color. Seal the bag shut and secure with lots of tape.
Now it is play time!
My kids loved squishing and watching the colors mix together. My little two year old was so amazed at how the red and yellow goop turned into orange goop. Once the colors were combined the kids had a blast making imprints of shapes in the goop. We used their toys, like a tea cup and blocks, to make shapes through the bags. This seriously kept them entertained for a long time. Even the twins loved it and they normally like to keep moving so much that they have a hard time keeping with one activity. You know you have a winner if they are entertained for a good chunk of time.Tags: art, Paint