It has taken me 99 days but finally we got a chance to play with gloop. I have been a huge fan of gloop for years and it has been a feature activity in every class. As it was half term Adams older cousin Stevie was round Nana’s house. I thought it would be a perfect activity to keep Stevie entertained and as Adam idolises Stevie he may even join in with the messy activity.
I found it hard to make a quantity suitable for just a few children rather than 30. I started making the gloop in the shallow box as I would have done for a class but then I realised it would be too big. So I opted for a small bowl.
Making the gloop is simple. You mix 1 cup of cornflour, 1/3 cup of water and a few drops of food colouring. Cornflour makes the consistency hard to mix but by scraping the bottom of the bowl until there is no white powder left then eventually you will create your gloop.
In future I will make the gloop with Adam as seeing it change state is fascinating.
Stevie got to try out the gloop first. I got him to tell me whether he thought the gloop was a solid or a liquid. He said a liquid. I then made him touch it and he changed his mind to a solid. “It’s magic! Stevie decided.
Gloop is fascinating. But unfortunately not to Adam – yet. He took one look at it and then didn’t go near for the rest of the afternoon!
Stevie on the other hand played for ages.
Even Beth came and joined in. She had her own little bowl.
In the background Adam can be seen sweeping up creating his own activity!
We rolled it in our hands to make solid balls but as soon as we stopped rolling it the mixture turned back to a liquid.
Stevie didn’t mind getting messy at all.
In the mean time Nana had got a washing up bowl in order for Stevie to clean his hands. Adam started getting stones from her flower pot and putting it into bowl of water.
Beth soon joined in.
This went on until handfuls of soil were being thrown in, as well as newly planted bulbs! The water soon got murky…
…but they still continued dropping in stones.
I can see Adam and Beth will love making mud pies come the summer!
We also had a trip to the seaside.
* Corn flour
* Food colouring
* Shallow box
Adam was 21 months old.
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