Get ready for some out of this world science fun! Your kids will love exploring space and science with oobleck sensory play. Here you’ll find tons of great ideas for including galaxy oobleck in your lessons this year.
Oobleck is not a liquid or a solid, it’s a non-newtonian fluid. That means it doesn’t follow the rules of Newton’s law of viscosity. Oobleck is great for teaching kids all about states of matter. When it’s dry, oobleck is solid. When it’s wet, oobleck is liquid.
Plus, it’s a lot of fun to play with too.
With the outer space colors in galaxy oobleck, you can use this experiment in a space-themed unit study or add some fun to a Star Wars birthday party. It’s also a fun experiment for exploring states of matter.
Keep reading to get the instructions for making your very own galaxy oobleck.
How Do You Make Oobleck?
Making your very own galaxy oobleck is easy. You can get the kids involved in the whole process! Check out my original Oobleck Recipe to make your very own oobleck base. The ingredients are corn starch and water, so it’s safe for young children who might be tempted to taste their oobleck.
To make galaxy oobleck, you’ll need to separate your oobleck into three different bowls or jars. Then, add pink food coloring to one, purple food coloring to another, and blue food coloring to the last container of oobleck. Mixing these three colors will give you a fun galaxy color palette your kids can have lots of fun exploring.
Want to add more out of this world fun to your galaxy oobleck mix? You can add glitter (edible glitter for kids that might taste their oobleck). The glitter will look like stars sparkling in your galaxy oobleck.
Another fun idea is to add bouncy ball “planets” for your kids to explore and learn about the solar system as they engage in this fun sensory science experiment.
How to Make Galaxy Oobleck
The proportions listed don’t need to be exact, so please feel free to add a little more or less depending on the exact consistency you would like.
½ cup of corn starch
About 2 to 3 tablespoons of water
Color of choice, we used a Wilton gel color set
- Add the cornstarch and coloring to each of your jars.
- One at a time, add water to the jars and mix until fully combined. I found the mixture to be fairly dry and crumbly at first (see image), but with just a little more water it all came together.
- The mixture will be very stiff and a little challenging to mix, great for old children but little ones will need some help to get to the correct consistency.
- Use the end of the spoon to scoop down to the very bottom of the jar to ensure all parts are incorporated.
- Once the oobleck is fully mixed together you can transfer it out into your tray. We added the glitter to it once it was out on the tray.
This Oobleck is a ton of fun to explore and play with!
Galaxy Oobleck and Dr. Seuss
Did you know there’s a Dr. Seuss book about oobleck? The book is called Bartholemew and the Oobleck. It’s a fun read with a great moral lesson about accepting responsibility when you make a mistake and apologizing.
Reading the book and creating your very own oobleck is a fun way to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with your kids on March 2nd. This special galaxy oobleck recipe is fun all year long, not just on Dr. Seuss day.
Here are some more fun ways to use galaxy oobleck:
- Space Unit Study
- Star Wars Party
- Astronomy Lesson
- Science Experiment
- Sensory Play Activity
- Rainy Day Fun
Science for Kids
Keep reading to learn more about how you can use oobleck to teach your kids about states of matter and provide an engaging sensory play experience for hands-on learning too.
Learning About States of Matter with Oobleck
Teaching lessons about states of matter is one cool way to use this exciting galaxy oobleck science experiment. I like to begin by encouraging my kids to observe and experiment with the oobleck and talk about what they see and feel.
Galaxy oobleck is a great way to teach your kids all about solids and liquids because it’s both!
You can combine a lesson on the states of matter with your outer space unit study. Talk about how our galaxy is comprised of solids (planets, asteroids, stars), gas (the atmosphere, gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn), and even water (clouds of water vapor, water molecultes on the moon.
By the end of the lesson, your kids will have a good grasp on the three states of matter. Plus, they’ll have some hands-on learning fun to help them remember all the cool things they learned about matter in space.
Sensory Fun with Oobleck
Wanna have fun with your little ones and some cool galaxy colored oobleck? Try a galaxy oobleck sensory bin! Make oobleck together or ahead of time and supply your kids with all kinds of fun mix ins and objects to explore with their oobleck too. Here are some of our favorites to include:
- Sand Sifters
- The Solar System from Safari LTD
- Shovels or Scoopers
- Glow in the Dark Stars
- Star shaped cookie cutters
- Wild Republic Outer Space Figures
- Starlight Galaxy Stress Balls
Can you think of more cool items and tools to include in your galaxy oobleck sensory play? Share your fun ideas in the comment section. I can’t wait to read your great ideas!
More Galaxy Fun for Kids
If you’re looking for even more fun ways to explore the galaxy and learn about outer space with your kids this year, check out some other fun outer space themed activities and printables:
- Moon Activities and Montessori Astronomy Lessons
- Space Theme Printable Activities
- How to Make Straw Rockets
- Exploring Space Water Rockets for Kids
- DIY Soda Rocket Engineering Project
There are lots of fun books all about our galaxy to explore too! I love reading aloud while my kids explore their galaxy oobleck. It’s a great way to keep their hands busy and their minds focused while I read.
Try these cool galaxy read alouds with your kids:
- Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly
- I Am Neil Armstrong by Brad Meltzer
- Mae Among the Stars by Rhoda Ahmed
- Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins
Reading aloud is amazing for little kids who don’t yet know how to read, but it’s important for independent readers too. Try these chapter books with older kids for a read aloud adventure that can last all week!
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
- The Alien Next Door by A. I. Newton
- The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford
- Astronaut Girl by Cathy Hapka
Space Activities for Kids
Have fun learning about outer space and exploring the galaxy with this engaging galaxy oobleck activity and all the fun space themed activities, printables, and books above.
Don’t forget to share your favorite ways to have fun learning about space in the comments too.
I can’t wait to read them and try a few with my kids too!
Space Theme Activities
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GALAXY OOBLECK RECIPE
How to make Oobleck for a Space theme or Party Activity
- ½ cup of corn starch
- About 2 to 3 tablespoons of water
- Color of choice we used a Wilton gel color set
- Optional: glitter
Add the cornstarch and coloring to each of your jars.
One at a time, add water to the jars and mix until fully combined. I found the mixture to be fairly dry and crumbly at first (see the images for examples), but with just a little more water it all came together.
The mixture will be very stiff and a little challenging to mix, great for older children but little ones will need some help to get to the correct consistency.
Use the end of the spoon to scoop down to the very bottom of the jar to ensure all parts are incorporated.
Once the oobleck is fully mixed together you can transfer it out into your tray. We added the glitter to it once it was out on the tray. This is a ton of fun to explore and play with!
to store it add a little bit more water and transfer it to an airtight container for storage.