A Slime By Any Other Name

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This fun video explains how to make a batch of oobleck (or slime) and why this special substance is known as a "non-Newtonian" fluid. Watch as Mr. O and kids from the Children's Museum of Houston explore the scientific concepts of matter, viscosity, and molecular structure. Use this video to introduce these concepts and then make some slime of your own. This is a great activity to do during Halloween.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Mixing bowl
  • Corn starch (2 cups)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Food coloring
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup


  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
      • Changes of Phase
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Children's Museum of Houston


  • All rights reserved, Children's Museum of Houston, 2009

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