My daughters and I tried a new Chocolatey Ooblek recipe today
to create a giant muddy puddle for all our farm animals to play in.
2 cups Cornstarch
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
2 cups Water
- Add cornstarch and cocoa powder to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine well before adding water.
- Start by adding one cup of water to the cornstarch mixture and stiring till it reaches a uniform consistency. Gradually add more water till your ooblek reaches the consistency you desire.
First let me say this stuff smells AMAZING! I had to remind the girls, and even myself, that while it smells like chocolate, it doesn’t taste like chocolate. But it does smell delicious!
It’s super easy to make. All you need is cornstarch, cocoa and water. Make sure to mix the cocoa and cornstarch well before adding the water. I would also recommend to start by adding only one cup of the water and mixing till it reaches a uniform consistency. Then adjust the consistency to your preference by adding more water a little at a time. We added the full 2 cups of water and it felt a little too watery for my liking. I think next time we will use a bit less.
Once you have mixed up your mud, add the mud to a sensory bin, or shallow plastic tote like we use, along with your plastic animal friends and enjoy a mud puddle party!
We made one and half times the recipe above for our sensory bin. (Our sensory bin is just a shallow plastic tote that I purchased at Superstore.) Next time I would do at least a double recipe for the size of bin we have. Unfortunately, I ran out of cornstarch so we had to make do with a shallow mud puddle.
We extended the sensory play by creating an animal washing station when our farm friends were finished with their muddy adventure. Just add some warm water and dish soap or bubble bath to a bin and use a hand mixer to whip up some sudsy bubbles. My girls had a lot of fun giving their animals a bath and a bonus for me was they were also helping with the clean up!
Once the glue outline was completely dry I set out a sheet of hearts for each of my girls along with some paint brushes and liquid watercolours. You could also use watercolour paint pods that you buy in trays to create the same effect. This time I used the liquid watercolours because I wanted to specifically set out pinks and reds for Valentine's Day. I gave them 3 colours to paint with mixing our watercolours with a bit of water to give them a softer feel. Once they were dry we cut out our hearts which we will add to our valentine cards in the next few weeks!