You’ll see a couple new kids in these pics. I was going to wait until Friday to introduce them, but this activity turned out so cool I just couldn’t wait until after the meet and greet. I will be watching two little cuties for a friend of mine. They are twenty months, just as active as mine and curious! I love that combo. What does that mean for you? The addition of Toddler Activities to my lesson plans. Yippee!!! Are you as excited as I am???
I love cornstarch and water, it is so cool! It makes an enormous mess, but cleans up so easily. Cornstarch is cheap, I think the amount we used here (1.5 boxes) cost just over a dollar. If those reasons were not enough…the sensory experience is AMAZING. Dry, with a little bit of water, or runny; cornstarch will have your kids happily exploring.
what you need: cornstarch ~ water ~ food coloring ~ paintbrushes ~ plastic container
Big M poured in the cornstarch. (Even though he was far more interested in the slip and slide once the kids started painting.)
Little M added a drop or two (maybe it was half of the bottle) of green food coloring. ****The first time I used food coloring in cornstarch I was so afraid it would stain…it doesn’t. But if you are concerned about it, find somewhere to do a little test before you offer it to the kids.****
I added the water. I wanted to make sure the consistency was a little runny. Of course too much water will just dissolve the cornstarch so I added it carefully. I mixed until the cornstarch no longer stuck to the bottom of the container. Figuring out the right ratio of cornstarch to water will be your fun little experiment. (Make sure to enjoy the feel of it along the way!)
Little M jumped right in…no big surprise there!
The cornstarch paint made the best feet and hand prints.
J got creative right off the bat.
Great idea! Look at those drips. He rolled it on the ground and made some really neat tracks…but I didn’t get a pic. =(
What happens if you give kids the freedom to experience materials in unplanned ways? Pure exploration. Check out what Little M figured out.
If you pour cornstarch paint on the ground and wait a minute…
It will dry enough for you to peel it off the ground and….
Crumble up into a completely different texture. NEAT!
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