make your own goop!

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Goop is a perennial favorite at our messy table, but we recently came up with a way to make it even more exciting for our 3-5 year old students: let them make it themselves!  This project appeals to their sense of independence and provides them with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.  Plus, they get to take it with them – who doesn’t love taking a new toy home?

This is all part of our carefully designed lesson plan for each age: there is a lot of learning that goes on with this activity.   Kids learn to follow simple directions, and concepts such  as pouring and mixing.

We give the children a small cup and a small tube of white glue – we found these that are very easy to the kids to squeeze – great for developing fine finger control and hand strength.  And kids love to squeeze glue.

fine art class children new jersey glueWe ask them to fill the container about ½ way and they happily oblige.  Since the kids generally want to squeeze the whole bottle out, it is a good idea to only fill the glue bottle with enough glue so that it doesn’t over fill the cup.

Then we squeeze out a few drops of food coloring into the glue and have the child mix it in.

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We advise the students to mix until the glue is all one color  (in this case, pink) not two – (red and white).  

goop best art class toddler elementary middle school kidsNext, we give the students another small cup, this one with a small amount of liquid laundry starch in it.  The general proportions of goop are 3 glue:1 starch  – you can eyeball it.  The glue will only absorb a certain amount of the starch and you can pour the rest off.

morris county art class party childrenWe let the kids pour the starch in themselves, and then mix some more.  Once the glue has thickened into “goop” they can take it out and play with it.

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When they are finished, we pop a lid labeled with their name onto it.  They can return to the messy table throughout class to play with their very own goop, and after class they can find theirs to take home with them.  Leaving it for them to pick up promotes letter and name recognition at this pre-reading stage.

goop art classes and parties north jerseyHave you turned a favorite sensory activity into a project?  We’d love to hear about it.  And here’s our goop recipe for making a larger amount.  🙂

goop recipe nj art studio for kids


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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