This pumpkin spice oobleck recipe is perfect for Fall sensory play for kids. Oobleck is squishy and goopy, and edible (though not tasty), making it perfect sensory play for babies and toddlers too.
Pumpkin Spice Oobleck Recipe
The words pumpkin spice and Fall have seemingly become synonymous with one another. My own kids here me order pumpkin spice lattes at various coffee shops, so they are familiar with the terminology as well.
This pumpkin spice oobleck recipe is wonderful for sensory play as it entertains so many of the senses. The bright color stimulates sight, the pumpkin spice has a wonderful smell, and the texture of oobleck is so fun for little hands.
What you need for the pumpkin spice oobleck:
4 cups of cornstarch (or cornflower)
2 cups of warm water
orange food coloring
2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice powder (or cinnamon and nutmeg)
How to make the pumpkin spice oobleck:
Oobleck is so easy to make, kids can do the majority of the creating on their own. Allowing kids to measure, scoop and pour is a great play-based method of practicing math and fine motor skills!
Begin by measuring and pouring the cornstarch in a large bowl.
Add the water and mix the two together. At first, it will feel clumpy and can be difficult to work with. The more kids mix and blend, the better the oobleck will come together.
If the mixture is too dry after mixing thoroughly, add more water; conversely, if too fluid, add more cornstarch. The right consistency should look like a liquid, but when squeezed with the hards, will create a solid in your grip that ‘melts’ back to a liquid quickly. It’s the magic of this non-Newtonian fluid!
Once the oobleck consistency is correct, start turning the white goop into pumpkin spice oobleck.
Add a couple drops of orange food coloring and the spice blend then mix.
The mixture will look like pumpkin pie and smell delicious! Have so much fun playing with this pumpkin spice oobleck recipe.
How to Store Oobleck
This sensory play recipe is so much fun to play with, your kids might want to play over and over again! So, can oobleck be stored and re-used?
Oobleck can be stored in an air-tight container or ziplock bag and re-used at another time. It will ned shaking up to play with and might dehydrate over time, but adding some water to it will turn it back into oobleck quickly.
What is the Science Behind Oobleck?
Oobleck got it’s name from the popular children’s book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck. It’s a substance that can mimic both a solid and a liquid, cool right?! Made of cornstarch and water, it becomes a ball when held in the hand, and liquefies when the hand is opened. It can be a really fun sensory tool for many children who enjoy messy play.
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