Playing With Gloop

If you haven’t made Gloop yet, then this is a must for any toddler or child to try.  It is super fun and super messy, I am not sure who had the most fun, me or the kids!!
Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture to explore and play with. 
Playing with Gloop is a fabulous sensory and science activity to learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid is.
What you will need?
You will need 2 cups of cornflour, 1 cup of water, two drops of food dye and a large container.  Encourage your child to mix and play with the Gloop before it is completely mixed together, the fun and learning starts here.  Explore the texture and talk about what it feels like, sticky, slimy, cold and powdery.
To see full instructions on how to make Gloop, click here:  How to make Gloop?
Tip: This activity can get messy but clean-up is quite easy as gloop can be picked up or wiped off the table and easily washed of hands and clothing.  I would recommend wearing an apron.
Miss 4 and Miss 22 months had so much fun exploring the behaviour of the gloop, how it drips from her fingers and how hard is hard when pressure is applied.  Miss 22months loved running her fingers through the gloop and watching the effect it had.
Here is Miss 4 making a ball of gloop by applying pressure but as soon as she stopped pressing in between her hands the gloop acted became runny.  It was so much fun to watch as they discovered what the gloop did as they played and experimented with it.
This is a great opportunity to explore more descriptive words: what does the gloop feel like?  It feels soft, gooey, slimy, runny and hard.
Understanding Gloop – What’s Is Happening? 
Solid or Liquid: Cornflour is made of lots of long, stringy particles.  When water is added they do not dissolve in water, but they do spread themselves out.  This allows the gloop to act both like a solid and a liquid.  When you roll the mixture in your hands or apply pressure to it, the particles join together and the mixture feels solid.  But if it is left to rest or is held up and allowed to dribble, the particles slide over each other and it feels like a liquid.
Sensory play promotes many learning experiences:
  • Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.
  • Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses.  They learn through exploring these.
  • Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning
  • Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
  • Language development- experimenting with language and descriptive words.
  • Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
  • Encourages Imagination and creative play.
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  1. I have done goop in the past with my 2 year olds and they love it. This last Monday and I added a couple of kool aid packets to change color and smell. It was neat and they liked to mix the color.

  2. Jackie says:

    Wow, this is super fun for kids. How old is you kids to do so? My kid is just 1.3-yr, is it sutiable to play with this?

  3. I have just started in a nursery and i have my own room, i have to decorate my room as a fun sensory room, i decided on the gloop as i have a sea life theme and it will be perfect as most toddlers love messy play, im really excited for today :)

  4. I have not been able to fined corn “flour” in the grocery stores just corn “meal” . Will the corn meal work ?

  5. Hi!

    Would it have the same effect if I just used regular flour?

    Thanks for this awesome website! :)

    • Hi Sarah, You could use flour instead of cornflour (corn starch) but it would make a completely different mixture. Cornflour creates that liquid and solid effect because of the different properties to flour. Have fun!

  6. Hi there this looks great. How long does it keep will it last 5 days

  7. Becky Munday says:

    Can this b stored in a container and for how long

  8. Awesome ideas, how to spend time with kids and make them happy… really helpful to working women.. :)

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