Friday 30 December 2011


I was planning to post something useful about time and caring. However, having spent much of this afternoon on two fruitless missions  related to caring, and having managed to spend time hauling a wheelchair in and out the car and taking an elderly person out in the greyness of a wet December late afternoon, I'm not sure that now is the time to post on this. May be in a few days, I will feel up to posting on what not to do.

Anyway, little people need activities. Yesterday, I mentioned Miss Belle's new book, the Big book of science things to make and do. We're doing more activities from this.
There was the layered liquid jar: coloured water, oil and golden syrup-introducing density.

and today, slime. The children had expressed interested in the slime page and then yesterday, Anna at the Imagination Tree posted a link to her marbled oobleck. So we really had to have a go.

Cornflour, water and, thanks to Mr Exuberance, lots of food colouring. We used some red, blue,green and black and it looked like, well, slime.

 Miss Belle was not impressed-she wanted hers to look beautiful like the marbled oobleck on the Imagination Tree. Mr Exuberance was very, very happy-he made "waterfalls" with his hands, dripped the slime onto paper,

and announced that his very coloured hands were "alien hands".

 He would have spent ages playing if it hadn't been necessary to feed the rest of the family. We need to try this again for Miss Belle, using less extravagant amounts of food colouring.

It interests me how the activities for children about solids/liquids and gases generally use unusual or atypical materials but this was a fascinating in a rather slimy way.

This is shared on the Linky party at Living Intentionally and Fun stuff Fridays.


  1. Wonderful! This is just the type of activity my daughter would love with or without excessive quantities of food colouring. Sounds like your son had a lot of fun.

  2. He certainly did. He will be delighted if we have another slime session!

  3. Oh what good MESSY fun that is! This is fabulous!!! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays?

  4. Oh, this looks like fun! Thank you!

  5. What a fun, fun activity!!! would like to invite you to link this up on Sharing Saturday here

    Have a Happy Day

  6. What ewey goey slime - LOVE it! Did it leave their hands colored? What a fun activity either way!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

  7. Beth, yes, their hands were coloured and stayed that way for a couple of washings!