Ooey-Gooey Oobleck!

Bartholomew and the Oobleck: (Caldecott Honor Book) (Classic Seuss)I don’t know — can you celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday without making Oobleck?!! 

Well, I can’t :) — so, we made this classic recipe!! Be forewarned though —  this can be EXTREMELY messy.  I would recommend dressing your child in a paint shirt or old clothes!

If you’ve never read the book, I recommend it!  And if you’d like a more in-depth explanation of the non-Newtonian properties of Oobleck, head over to the Imagination Station!




Oobleck Recipe


  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Green food coloring (if desired)
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

1)  Pour the cornstarch into a bowl.  Allow your child to feel it.  If desired, compare with the consistency of flour.

2)  Add the water.  It will be difficult to stir, so an adult may need to do most of the mixing.  Add another tablespoon or two of water if it is too difficult to stir.

3)  Add food coloring, if desired (the Oobleck in Bartholomew and the Oobleck was green)!

4)  Explore the Oobleck!  Push on it.  Hold it.  Let it drip.  Is it a liquid?  Is it a solid?

Please note:  When you clean up, be sure to dump as much of it into the trash as you can!  You don’t want to put it down the drain and cause plumbing troubles!

About Stacie Nelson

is the creator of MotherhoodOnADime.com. She is passionate about encouraging moms and giving them creative, yet simple, activities to do with their children. A bargain-hunter by nature, she enjoys sharing deals and freebies.

She also loves extra dark chocolate, jogging, writing, cooking dairy and gluten-free, and attempting to declutter her book-filled rooms. Faith and family are her top priorities, and she seeks to encourage others to live life on purpose.


  1. Michelle says:

    I loved making oobleck with my students when I taught 4th grade. I think Emily and Juliette would love it too. I will have to add it to our Dr. Seuss Celebration! Thank you for linking to stART :0)

  2. Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids says:

    What wonderful ooey gooey fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  3. Heather says:

    You have me intrigued… I think we're going to have to do this! :)

  4. We did this in our sensory table in our Pre-k room and the kids love love loved it :)

  5. Noemi says:

    My son & I made this together for Dr. Seuess Birthday today! He loved the feeling of it & making a mess in my kitchen!!! Thanks for posting.


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