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Homemade Quicksand : DIY Kids Activity

This week Charlotte has been out of school for 3 days. The crazy cold spell that hit the south kept the buses off the streets and the kids wishing they could go outside. But in our house 6 degrees outside and no under armor means that mom just has to think of LOTS of things to do.

To the kitchen we go!

Originally we were going to attempt to create play dough from different types of products in the kitchen. I am pretty sure its very logical and I know I could “google” or “pinterest” it, but i am crafty and like to self create.

What resulted in our kitchen adventure was NOT homemade play dough……it was quicksand.

Honestly.

We created some sort of concoction that delighted us. It was powdery and solid when you crunched it but as soon as you let go it immediately went back to a liquid base and melted right through your fingers. Practically magic! We had so much fun on this accidental science experiment, that we wanted to share it with all of you!

Keep in mind that this is a bit messy, so while we did let Phoenyx (2) play with us, he fully needed the tub after we were done.

How to make Kitchen Quicksand

You need

  • 2 parts cornstarch
  • 1 part liquid (we used juice for oneΒ  bowl and chocolate milk for the other bowl)

 

step1

Add your 2 parts cornstarch and 1 part liquid into a bowl and mix! We chose to use fruit juice and chocolate milk. Keep in mind we thought we were doing something totally different then what turned out, but I love the colors in those items and it made our quick sand smell yum! You now have your kitchen quick sand!

DIY Kitchen Quicksand Kids activity, easy household ingredients

 

step2

Now the fun part! First push your finger into the bowl. You can feel how hard it is! But try to pick it up…turns into a solid and can be nearly crumbly. Let your hand go flat…it starts to immediately go to liquid before your eyes!

 

DIY Kitchen Quicksand Kids activity, easy household ingredients

 

DIY Kitchen Quicksand Kids activity, easy household ingredients

DIY Kitchen Quicksand Kids activity, easy household ingredients

 

DIY Kitchen Quicksand Kids activity, easy household ingredients

DIY Kitchen Quicksand Kids activity, easy household ingredients

DIY Kitchen Quicksand Kids activity, easy household ingredients

DIY Kitchen Quicksand Kids activity, easy household ingredients

 

Want to see it in action?Β  Check out our video! You can watch us make it solid and then let go to see it liquid!

 

 

24 thoughts on “Homemade Quicksand : DIY Kids Activity”

  1. Aren’t the accidental experiments the best?! We saw non-newtonian fluid on Big Bang Theory and my daughters insisted we try it out. It was weird! (There are some cool videos online for it.)

  2. Brilliant! I’ve seen a tutorial for an Ooblek like this before, but the directions were crazy complicated and not something I had time for. We definitely have time for your ‘recipe’. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

  3. We made this when my son was in the 2nd grade and I remember how much fun it was for him. You’d thought we’d made liquid gold. LOL. My son has had the last 3 days off from school, too… we’ve played lots of board games. πŸ™‚

  4. Wonderful pictures! It’s like I’m there watching it dribble through their tiny fingers! We made something like this once. I know if my boys read the title of this post they would want to dig out a trench around their ‘fort’ out in the pasture & fill it with mass quantities of this stuff!

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