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How To Make Gloopy Gloop - Corn Starch Gloop Recipe, Ingredients

Updated on December 2, 2011

So in this article were going to look at the marvellous thing that is homemade gloopy gloop. Otherwise known simply as gloop, corn startch gloop or corn flour gloop. It has children (and grown – ups) fascinated with it's changing consistencies from solid to liquid with a touch of the hand. This simple to make substance is a favourite in nurseries, schools, and for anyone to make at home using one simple ingredient you will find in the cupboard!

If your looking for a simple, but very fun way to entertain your children at a low cost then homemade gloopy gloop is perfect! You can even get your children to make it for you, it's that easy. It has your touch senses buzzing, it's truly disgusting, but brilliant to feel. Plus it's perfect for that gruesome surprise at a children’s Halloween party. And probably the most important thing for the grown ups in charge is that it's quick and easy to clean up once you've finished your touch sensation. So your probably wondering what exactly is this 'gloopy gloop'? Let's take a look.

What Is Gloopy Gloop?

Well I've already given you a clue to what this creation is made from the name variations: corn starch or corn flour gloop. It's a simple mixture of corn starch and water, but you have to get the correct measurements or your going to end up in a mess! These simple ingredients are especially great, because you know that your children are harm free whilst playing, because both substances are edible and non toxic, which is why they are so popular in nurseries and schools.

Once you've mixed the corn startch together with the water you're left with a substance, that when condensed in your hand feels like a solid but when you release your hand it turns into a liquid and runs through your fingers. It's simple and easy to make different variations by adding extra surprises but I’ll come back to that later on. When you've had all your fun you can simply add more water to turn it into a liquid and pour it down the sink, or you can scoop the gloop into a bag (without holes) and put it in the garbage, hardly any mess. Now we'll take a look at how to make it.

The Simple Recipe

This is simply a guide you can half or double the amounts as you wish depending on your need.

½ packet of corn flour/ corn starch

Water to mix

Glitter (optional)

Food coloring (optional)

Mini plastic creatures (for that hidden spooky surprise)

So how do you change these rather basic items into an hour of fun, simple! Get a large mixing bowl or, even better, a deep sided tray either will do the job. Put the corn starch into the bowl and very slowly add the water a tablespoon at a time, mixing it constantly. To start the water will soak into the corn starch and form small blobs and as you add more water it will form a silky gooey and hard to stir mixture. At this point stop adding water, your gloop is complete. You can then add a few drops of food coloring or glitter or plastic creatures , in nurseries and schools teachers add rice to create different textures. What do you do next?

Gloopy Gloop Fun

Play Time

Your gloopy gloop is ready and were all excited to get touching and squelching, how? Get your hands stuck in there, pick some up and clench it tight in your fist and feel it as hard as a rock and the moment you unclench your hand feel it trickle like water through your fingers. Try to mould it in to shapes in the bowl and hen watch the collapse before your eyes. Write your name in the corn starch gloop and see it disappear in the blink of an eye. If you've hidden some creepy plastic insects or other small toys in there, watch your victims faces as it makes them jump and squeal in shock and disgust. Once the children have had their fun, why not have some for yourself – have at look at this you tube clip for more inspiration!

There you have it - the marvel of gloopy gloop! It's a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, entertain your children in the school holidays, have at a party or even try for yourself in schools and nurseries. I can guarantee the majority of children love it, especially those that like to get their hands stuck in. It's totally safe and non toxic so no harm will come to the children. If you've added small toys to the corn starch gloop it may be a good idea to supervise young children as they do have a tendency to put things into their mouths! Don’t worry, this activity looks messy, feels messy, but isn't that messy at all as long as your sensible, it's quick and easy to clean up with a bit of water which is an added bonus. I hope you get chance to create some gloopy gloop and enjoy it for yourself! Let me know how you go on!


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      blayde 3 years ago

      that's awesome

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      Mini Mimi 6 years ago from England

      If you try it, let me know how it goes. the kids at the after school club I work at love it.

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      Naomi's Banner 6 years ago from United States

      Sounds fun! I love to do these kinds of things with children. It is always interesting to see how they react to the new experience.