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Outrageous Ooze: Is It a Liquid or a Solid?


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Outrageous Ooze: Is It a Liquid or a Solid?

This activity provides instructions for using cornstarch and water to make an ooze which has the properties of both a solid and liquid.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • newspaper
  • measuring cups
  • 1 cup of dry cornstarch
  • large bowl or pan
  • food coloring (if you want)
  • 1/2 cup of water

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • States of Matter
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Murphy, Pat; Klages, Ellen; Shore, Linda

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The Exploratorium, ©1998

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