We love oobleck around here and this Valentine’s Day Goop was no exception! I didn’t originally intend for this to be a Valentine’s Day themed activity but it just kind of turned out that way. Goose wanted red goop and when I asked her what she wanted to put in it she said “hearts because it’s red like hearts” so it turned out all Valentine’s Day-ish.
What You’ll Need:
- Plastic bin
- 1 16 oz. box cornstarch
- About 1 cup water
- 1 packet cherry Kool-Aid (smells soooo good!). You can use any pink or red colored Kool-Aid. Or just add a few drops of food coloring to the water if you don’t have Kool-Aid.
- Small heart-shaped and/or red/pink items…containers, scoopers, stickers, window clings, pipe cleaners, buttons, beads, craft sticks, etc…
Pour the box of cornstarch into the plastic bin. Sprinkle the Kool-Aid packet on top.
Slowly add the water and mix with your hand. (Please see my warning under this picture…) Add enough water so that the consistency is that of honey. You should be able to roll a handful into a ball in your hand and then watch it “melt” once you stop rolling.
Here’s a bit of advice: If you don’t want a red hand, wear a plastic glove (lesson learned!). The Kool-Aid is really concentrated when you first start mixing it up. My hand was back to normal after a couple hours so it really wasn’t that big of a deal but if you don’t want scary hand, wear the glove.
I added small plastic heart containers, heart shaped window clings, puffy heart stickers and some fake rose petals, for good measure.
Goose and Baby Bird both went for the window clings first. There’s something about these squishy little things that kids love!
I was happy to see Baby Bird participating in this activity. She usually stays away from the goopy activities, which is fine, I just thought it was cute she decided to give it a try. She mostly just scooped it. She was only willing to get a tiny bit of the goop on her hands.
Goose, however, has no issues with the goopy-ness. We did this activity indoors because it was cold outside (like, seriously though, in the 30s. That’s way too cold for this Southern CA girl…), however, this makes for a great outdoor activity too. Make sure to cover your floor with a plastic tablecloth or splat mat if you do this indoors.
Right after they were done, they washed their hands and as you can see, they did not get stained like mine. Wrinkly, yes. Stained, no. The Kool-Aid isn’t as concentrated after it’s completely mixed in.
Find the Hearts Sensory Bin
Valentine’s Day Playdough Station
Valentine’s Day Coloring Books
Bunny & Dragon Valentine’s Day Cards Printable
If you have a fun Valentine’s Day activity, please feel free to share a link in the comments and I will pin it!