Choose Your Ooze

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During this activity, learners will make different versions of "ooze" using varied proportions of detergent and glue. Learners will observe, evaluate, and document different ooze properties by varying their recipes. Extensions provided on page 13. Part of the 21-activity guide published by OMSI, No Hassle Messy Science with a Wow. All activities in this guide use household materials and all lesson plans include preparation directions, demonstrations, procedure sheets, cross-curricular connections, and scientific explanation of content.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • white glue
  • Borax detergent
  • water
  • ¼ cup Stāflo liquid starch
  • 1 bottle (4 oz.) liquid clear glue
  • cornstarch
  • 1–4 pop-top squeeze bottles
  • 2 plastic spoons
  • wooden craft sticks
  • 4 oz. wax paper cups for mixing
  • vinegar
  • cafeteria tray


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry


  • All rights reserved, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 2007

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation