Parent Watercooler: 5 Creative Ways to Play with Goop!

April 25, 2012 at 11:45 am 1 comment

Melissa & Doug Blog AmbassadorThis rainy-day activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.  Keep the light of curiosity alive!

Goop. Gak. Flubber. Call it what you wish. This slimy, stretchy, science recipe is ideal for experimenting on a rainy day.  When there’s a lull in the action, introduce these ideas one at a time.

Giggling with Goop Science Activity for Kids

  1. Invite Roy G. Biv to play. Goop is great in its traditional white format, but color makes life more interesting. Grab the food dye and let the kids experiment with color. Tip: If you haven’t already, you might want to grab a smock at this point!
  2. Snip, snip, snip. Put your pointer finger to your chin and say, “I wonder,” pause for dramatic affect, and then hand your child a pair of child-safe scissors.
  3. Make it artistic. Pull out the crayons, colored pencils and markers and experiment. See which items show up on the goop and which do not. Melissa & Doug Clay Play Molds
    Tip: Use water-soluble markers for easy hand cleanup.
  4. Grab your Melissa & Doug Shape, Model & Mold clay play set! The wooden rolling pins, unique patterns and stamping cubes are great with clay, but even more fun with goop.
  5. Pull out the plastic cookie cutters. Watch your children entertain themselves as they cut out shapes of animals, letters, numbers and shapes.

See these tips in action:

Bonus Tip: In experimenting we discovered that goop can be really loud. Yes, loud! Pop on over to Let’s Lasso the Moon for directions on how to get giggles like this out of your little one.

Have you made Goop with your child? Do you have additional suggestions or ideas? Let’s chat in the comments!


Zina is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador and the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon, where she inspires parents and children to keep the light of curiosity burning. Let’s Lasso the Moon features a collection of activities that help parents interact creatively with their children and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments. Currently Zina splits her weekdays Clark Kent-style: Mornings are spent innocuously working on creative photography projects, reserving library books and sharing ideas on Let’s Lasso the Moon; afternoons are spent as the everyday superhero–Mom. Visit Zina today at her blog, say “Hi” to her on Facebook and don’t miss her amazing Pinterest boards!

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