Gloop is a wonderful thing. It’s squidgy and oozy, you can make it into little balls and then let it drip, drop, drip back into the bowl. You can play with it inside on a rainy day or outside in the sunshine. It is messy but washes away effortlessly but is probably best avoided over carpet or soft furnishings!  I cannot help myself, if I make it for the kids my hands are soon in there too, I have been known to push them out of the way so I can have a proper play! We love it.

You can roll it into little balls then let it lie in your hand and it is liquid again oozing between your fingers.

It is dead easy to make. In a large bowl or a deep baking tray mix cornflour with water adding the water slowly and stirring until you get a liquid which feels like a solid if you push it. You’ll know when it’s right and if it goes too far one way just add a bit more of the other – if you get my meaning!

It keeps my kids busy for ages. Little ones like making marks in it; pushing it about with sticks or spoons. They like lifting it up and letting it run and ooze. The older ones like rolling it into balls and piling it up into towers. You can add food colouring to it to jazz it up and glitter to it at Christmas.

Whenever we all sit down and play everybody gets entranced and totally absorbed and we have had some very insightful conversations around the gloop. People chat while they are glooping, they confide and they explain, it is very useful.

Gloop is a liquid and a solid. If you push it, it is a solid, if you let it go it spreads as a liquid. The science behind it is the same as the science which explains how you can walk on custard.

My children have tried to persuade me that it is a good idea to try this out for ourselves in the paddling pool. I have, so far, resisted!

It even dances! We would love to have a go at this but we have to persuade Mr TS that his speakers will survive (never come between a man and his speakers!).

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