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Goop A Lesson in Quicksand #StreamTeam

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While showing Shae The Princess Bride for the first time this week, the three of us (kids) got into a discussion about what quicksand is and how it works after watching the scene when Buttercup sinks into the lightning sand. With the Netflix theme for this month being all about staying engaged during the summer, Shae and I decided to do a little experiment.
Goop, a Lesson in QuicksandThe next morning we set out to discover the science behind quicksand. I gathered the necessary supplies; cornstarch, water, a large bowl, some food coloring for extra fun and an array of victims.goop supplies
 We decided to move outside because this is a notoriously messy experiment. Shae helped me pour the two main ingredients into the larger bowl but we quickly realized that there wasn’t nearly enough quicksand for a good experiment. What started out as a carefully measured experiment soon became me dumping a ton of cornstarch into a bowl and adding water in a splash at a time until we decided it was perfect. Adding the food coloring was a lot more difficult than I thought because the goo was so thick. I suggest that you add it to the water before you pour it in to guarantee even mixing.
 Goop Mixing
Then we began subjecting our victims to the quicksand. First we killed the dinosaurs, then we sent a diver in to save them. We galloped some horses across the surface and then watched them slowly sink like that scene in A Neverending Story. I had Shae punch the surface and feel how oddly solid it was. We rolled the goo into balls and then watched them melt on the table.goop sinking
I’m not entirely sure if Shae learned anything but it sure was a lot of fun. Cleaning up was a pain because Shae was covered up to her elbows in caked cornstarch.
goop hands
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  1. This is one of those experiments where learning and fun just smash together in an awesomely messy, super fun explosion of coolness. I absolutely love this. Even if she learning nothing about quicksand, it was still worth it!

  2. My son would not care about the mess, in fact that would increase his interest in this project! Me, I only think about the clean up, he would have had to do this with his other dad!

  3. My kids would be all over that. They love stuff like this!

  4. This sounds like such a fun idea! I love the idea of creating an activity around a movie you watch as a family.

  5. What a fun and messy experiment,My kids would have no end of fun with this.

  6. It is such a good idea to do activities along with movies! Gotta love Netflix!

  7. Looks a super fun idea for a rainy day! Fun and messy=amazing 🙂

  8. That looks like so much fun! My son would LOVE this!

  9. That looks like a fun experiment. I might have to try it with my kids.

  10. We parents sacrifice a messy time when it’s for something fun we know the kids are going to like. This one was inventive, and cool. I have little doubt it’d be a hit here, cornstarch elbows and all. 😉

  11. We have done this with out kids in the past. I love doing projects like this in homeschool.

  12. This is NEAT! I always found it easier to learn something when I was engaged in an hands on activity that I found fun! I bet she loved this!

  13. I have to try this with my son. He would love to get messy

  14. What a fun experiment. I would love to do that with my kids.

  15. This looks like a fun (messy) experiment. What kid wouldn’t love this one?

  16. My kids would love goop! What a fun little experiment. It sounds like you both had a lot of fun.

  17. This looks so fun! My kiddos would love to give this a try.

  18. I don’t have children… and yet you might find me experimenting myself in the kitchen tonight. Looks super fun!

  19. This sounds like a lot of fun. I am sure my daughters would love to give to this a try.

  20. I have to do this during our day camp in August! This is both fun and educational…the teacher in me is already excited. 🙂

  21. This is a great idea. I believe if you can make something educational as well as fun it really motivates the kids to want more. They don’t even realize they are learning…

  22. Weve done this before and had fun. A fun experiment to do.

  23. Sounds like a great and fun mess to learn from. I love it.

  24. This is like a fun experiment with the kiddos. I love the fact that this activity was also educational too.

  25. That looks like so much fun! Awesome idea!

  26. Angela S says

    So fun! Looks like a great afternoon activity for the kids.

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