Bubble Dough to Bubbly Oobleck

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Posted on Jul 23 2013 - 1:00am by Ashley
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Bubble Dough to Bubbly Oobleck

A few months ago I ran across this new sensory substance, Bubble Dough, over at Creative Playhouse, and I knew we had to try it! I started by mixing corn starch with dish soap. I just used the blue, Dawn dish soap, but I think any would work fine and give you different colors and scents.  I didn’t measure, but I think I ended up using about 3 cups of cornstarch and 1 or 1.5 cups of dish soap; just mix the soap in a little at a time until you get the appropriate consistency (I am guessing different soaps require different amounts).  Basically the dough goes through a crumbly stage where it is still mold able, but keep adding soap until it holds together. By this point you will probably need to knead it with your hands to get it mixed well.

Once I had my bubble dough, in a lovely blue color, I turned it over to the kids! They squished and pulled and squeezed. The dough is kind of like a very, very thick oobleck in that it will flow very slowly if allowed to sit, but will feel solid when pressure is applied.


Out of my own curiosity I decided to try adding water. I wanted to know if it would turn into a bubbly oobleck. Indeed it did! So they continued squishing, now giggling because of all the bubbles!



So, I added a little more water. We ended up making it a little too thin.  But you could still scoop it up and let it  run through your fingers, so they didn’t care one bit. They were just enjoying all the bubbly fun!


Maybe a little too much fun!

In the end I think they enjoyed the bubbly oobleck part more then the actual bubble dough! They also had a great time getting washed off in the hose! In fact, this may have been their favorite sensory experience yet!


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  • Gail

    It's fun when you can use your mistakes and your children still have fun. I think that's a key in staying young…enjoying things even when they don't turn out exactly as planned. Your kids look like they're having the time of their lives.

    • Thanks Gail! They had a great time with it! They are much more flexible then me, and generally tend to enjoy my mistakes more then when things go as planned! lol

  • momsquestions

    This looks so fun! I totally want to try this, but I hate cleaning up messes like this. πŸ™ Sometimes, I'm no fun. Maybe I'll let my kids play with it in the bathtub so it will be easier for me to clean up. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • How fun is this?! This is totally on our summer list of things to do. Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  • Looks like they had a blast playing with it! Thanks so much for linking up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop last week. Hope you'll bring more to the party tonight!

  • Great idea. πŸ™‚ Featuring this at Family Fun Friday!
    Monica http://happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fu

  • This looks like fun. I pinned it.

  • I'm thinking we need to make this! Love the sensory play going on here. We are featuring your post tomorrow on Share It Saturday over at Sugar Aunts. Thanks for linking up!

  • This looks like so much fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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