Summer Fun: 4 Easy Recipes for Goopy Play Material

Some of my friends' kids are already out of school, and we only have two more weeks to go. So it's time to start planning the summer projects for those lazy days at home with no playdates and no summer camp. I've rounded up four fun, if goopy, projects that kids can help make and then play with all day long... and hopefully longer!

  • Flubber, at Mr. Printables: It's a traditional kid chemistry experiment, but you can't beat the fun of playing with a Maxwell material—that's both a liquid and a solid...at the same time!
  • Moon Sand, at Make It and Love It: It's moldable and crumbly at the same time, and only requires shaving cream and cornstarch (and food coloring, if you want colored moon sand).
  • Sand Slime, at Growing a Jeweled Rose: Glue, sand, and liquid starch yields an amazingly slimy sand concoction that id fun to play with on its own, or conform into crazy, oozy parts of a sand castle.
  • Bouncy Balls, at The 36th Avenue: Add cornstarch to the Flubber mix and suddenly you've got bouncy balls.

Have you made any goopy experiments that went over well with your kids? Let us know in the comments.

Interested in other, albeit many non-goopy, play materials you can make? How To Make Flubber, Glurch and Other Homemade Art Supplies at Home

(Image credits: Mr. Printables; Ashley Johnston; Crystal Underwood; Desiree Campbell)

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Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.