Messy Fun for Kids of all Ages

My kids are always in the mood for messy fun, so when I was cruising Pinterest and stumbled upon a wet and colorful experiment I knew it was a winner.

Silky Water

Needed Items

  • 1.5-2 cups Corn Starch
  • 1 cup Water
  • Washable paint or food coloring
  • Cookie Sheet with a tall edge


1. Mix water and corn starch in a large bowl

2. Pour into pan and allow your child/children to run their fingers through the silky water.

* Talk with your little ones about how it feels. The corn starch gives the water a bit of structure and allows you to create paths in the water. *

3. Drop about a 1/2 tsp of watered down washable paint or a couple of drops of food coloring of differnt colors into the silky water. Allow the children to  swirl the colors and see how they stay seperate for a while.

* If you are so inclined, you can have a second pan of just water set up to show how the colors mix together almost instantly in the regular water v. the silky water. *

As you can see, the kids all had a blast! These are children ranging in age from 7 months to 4 years old, so it really is an all ages activity. That’s even my hand you see playing in there!



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 12:44:28

    Great idea! This looks like a fun activity for an outdoor play group, maybe followed by fun in the sprinkler for easy kiddo clean up, haha.


  2. Danielle H.
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 14:16:47

    Very cute idea!! We may have to try this outside once it cools off a bit.


  3. traci
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 19:37:33

    That is almost my oobleck recipe! My students loved it when we did our experiment…


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