hello Goop!

nj art class and partyOne of our most beloved materials here at The Messy Artist is Goop. This stretchy, squishy material also goes by other names (slime, gak, flubber) and is simple to make with white glue and liquid laundry starch. We add color and glitter to add even more interest to this material – but it is lots of fun even without these!

Here’s our recipe – it’s very easy and quick to make.goop recipe with logoBefore class starts, we like to spread it out all over the table in fun patterns so that when kids enter the room they are immediately intrigued. This encourages play as a group activity as the kids jump right in.art studio for kids with classes and parties nj goop project for kidsFor birthday parties, kids love it when we spell out their names.fine art class children morris county nj

best art class new jersey kidsGoop is very stretchy and as it warms from use, gets even more pliable. Some of our staff are experts at stretching it across large areas, as well as making bubbles out of the stretched out goop.childrens art studio nj art partes and classes for kdis nj new jersey art parites for kidsWe also do a “make your own goop” activity, where the kids get to do their own mixing and kneading to create their very own personal sized serving of goop. We package it up so they can take it home and continue the using it there.goop kids art project kids fun goop art classes and parties north jerseyOne caveat with Goop: since it is made of glue, it will stick when placed on porous materials. This includes clothing and hair. But if this does happen (and since we work with kids age 18 months and up, we’ve seen it happen!) clothing can be soaked to loosen the goop, and then washed. Oil (vegetable or other) or peanut butter can be used on the hair to release the goop from it.

Goop encourages social interaction and is wonderful for both large and small muscle development in the fingers and hands. The children become scientists, investigating the properties of this unique substance, testing its textures, stretchiness and bounciness. Of course, the kids don’t realize all the learning and growing they are doing – they just think it is a blast!art class for toddlers tweens elementray school kids nj glue and laundry starch goop gak flubber new jersey art class for kids

 

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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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