We set up a science exploration of non-Newtonian fluid, called “Gloop” or “Oobleck“. A non-Newtonian fluid does not follow Newton’s Law of Viscosity (how thick or thin a fluid is) and Gloop is fascinating to experiment with.
The children learned that when they hit or tap the Gloop, it doesn’t splash. When they apply pressure, it’s turns solid. When they release the pressure it turns back to a liquid. They can manipulate it in different ways and watch it’s unique movement.
Another non-newtonian recipe some children explored was “Slime.” We find that when slime/gloop is presented in our classrooms, it is a very popular choice. Children enjoy making it and playing with it, and do not realize they are immersed in scientific concepts during the whole process.
We plan to continue to make many more recipes and concoctions together with the children, and look forward to exploring concepts with fun, engaging, hands-on learning!
Follow these links for recipes for gloop and slime:
Learning through play and exploration is engaging, developmentally appropriate and builds important school-readiness skills. The children have been learning about many other topics and concepts, through play and exploration.