Oobleck Science: Solid or Liquid?
Did you know that you can change matter? Think about what happens when salt is added to an icy road on a cold winter day. It makes the snow and ice melt faster.
What happens when you get a haircut? You look different, but the hair is still made up of the same substance as before the cut- just less of it.
How about boiling an egg? Once the egg is cooked it can’t be changed back to its original condition. This is called a chemical change and it can also be seen in spoiled food, burning wood or rusted metal. Also, chemical reactions happen when something is broken apart and new matter takes its place. A great way to think of this is when a candle is lit or a cold pack melts.
Now, try to make Oobleck. What, you say? Oobleck. Do you remember the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck? This recipe will allow you and your child to create this strange substance, and witness the amazingly weird oscillation between solid and liquid that occurs!
What You Need:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 bowl
- 1 glass of water
- plastic container-like an old, empty yogurt tub
- food coloring (optional)
- newspaper to cover the table
Note: This recipe can be very messy, but loads of fun. Wear old clothes and cover the surface you are working on.