This is a great activity for children of all ages from 4 months and up. There is no “end product” just lots of tactile fun making the goop and then squishing it around.
1 cup water
½ cup cornstarch
Zipper bags (optional)
**Keep children a safe distance away from the stove and do not let young children of any age pour the boiling water. Boil water in a pot. Add cornstarch and stir until smooth. Slowly add food colouring until it is the colour that you would like. Remove from the heat and cool. Let your children squish away on a tray at the table or on the floor. For less mess, put into a zipper bag and seal. Some children may not like the feel of goop and may prefer playing with it in a sealed bag.
While you are making it:
While making the goop, toddlers and preschoolers can learn about safety rules when working in the kitchen. In addition, remember to talk about each of the ingredients, allowing them to touch, smell, and if possible, taste each one. As you combine the ingredients, talk about how the mixture changes with the addition of each ingredient. Once it is done, talk about the qualities of goop.