Oobleck Recipe & Letter Learning

oobleck recipe

We read the fun book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  by Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault over the summer.  I mentioned before that our family launched “Reach for the Stars, Read a Book” program that we did at a lower income neighborhood “library” for kids.  I absolutely loved it!


Well, one of the activities that we did for our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom reading was make oobleck and we had the kids dip their fingers in it to find the letters of the alphabet.  They had so much fun and most of them had never experienced oobleck so their faces were priceless when they first dipped.

This kids dipped their hands to experience the oobleck in a rock solid state and then when you pick it up it’s in liquidy, slimy form. They couldn’t keep their hands out of it.

oobleck recipe

Once they got a letter out they would need to tell me the name of the letter.

Oobleck Recipe

  • 2 cups of cornstarch (in Ecuador it’s called Maicena)
  • 1 cup of water

Mix the ingredients you may have to tweak these amounts to get the perfect mixture. Keep in mind that the mixing process can get messy so be prepared to clean up.

The best way to get rid of it is by just dumping instead of pouring it down the sink.

Since we were doing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom I made a palm tree from tissue paper and taped it to a cookie sheet and as I read the letters went up the coconut tree. I don’t have pictures of this activity but I did get this picture of the precious little one playing with the letters and cookie sheet.

chicka chicka boom boom book activity


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