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Pumpkin Oobleck Made with Real Pumpkin

 Posted by on September 24, 2014
Sep 242014
 

Playing with cornstarch and water (oobleck) is a wonderful sensory experience enjoyed by kids of all ages. It is also a great science exploration of a non-newtonian fluid. Turn standard oobleck into a Halloween activity by making pumpkin oobleck with the insides of your carved pumpkin.

Halloween Science: Pumpkin Oobleck

Pumpkin Carving Leftovers

jack o'lantern

We carved a pumpkin {and by we, I really mean my husband}. Aiden chose the pattern he wanted, and Patrick set off to work. I was instructed to save the pumpkin seeds for roasting later. This meant I had the lovely task of separating the seeds from the rest of the pumpkin goo scraped from the inside of the soon-to-be jack o’lantern. If I were going to go to all of that trouble, I surely could find a use for the leftover pumpkin goo. And thus, pumpkin oobleck was born.

Pumpkin Oobleck

Materials:

  • insides of a pumpkin minus the seeds
  • water
  • blender
  • cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. Separate the seeds from the inside of the pumpkin. {Save those for roasting.}
  2. Place the pumpkin goo in the blender with some water. Blend.
  3. Keep adding water and blending until you get a smooth, thin consistency.
    pumpkin oobleck
  4. Add 1/2 cup of cornstarch to an empty bowl.
  5. Take 1/2 cup of your pumpkin goo and slowly add it to the cornstarch until you have the consistency you like.

Usually a 1:1 ratio of cornstarch to water {or in this case pumpkin goo} works well. Just play with amounts until you are happy. You can also give your child free reign over mixing the two ingredients together. {Most children will eventually add all that you give them together, so you might want the amounts to be similar. If you have too much water or pumpkin goo, you’ll end up dissolving all of your cornstarch.}

pumpkin oobleck

The Feel:

The pumpkin oobleck does not feel like a regular cornstarch and water mixture. It is not as smooth. It still feels really cool and behaves like oobleck. My son had fun playing with it and throwing it all over the back patio. {It’s messy, so we took it outside.}

More Oobleck Fun

  • Learn Play Imagine has a different version of pumpkin oobleck – no pumpkin goo needed here!
  • Simple play with cornstarch and water – I share the science behind it and some questions for learning.

 

What are your favorite ways to play with cornstarch and water?

 

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This post was originally published on October 23, 2012.

 

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  12 Responses to “Pumpkin Oobleck Made with Real Pumpkin”

  1. This is sooo cool! We were planning to add the seeds to our Oobleck once we (finally) get around to carving it. I love that you used the actual pumpkin as the liquid. Thanks for mentioning our Oobleck. :)
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  2. This is a great idea- wish I’d thought of it when we were carving pumpkins over the weekend. This will give us an excuse to carve more pumpkins this weekend!
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  3. Love it, we’ve got leftover pumpkin and this will be an awesome sensory activity for my little ones, thanks!
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  4. How fun! I’ve not thought of adding fruit or veg puree to oobleck, what a sensory fun idea! Thanks for linking this to Tuesday Tots. I’m featuring it this week so you’re welcome to grab a featured button if you like. Thanks for sharing! :D

  5. I never knew you could do that with the insides! Fun. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.
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  6. Brilliant idea! We love oobleck. Thanks for sharing on Science Sparks.
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  7. Thank you for linking this one up. It was a hit and I featured you today! I was not able to pull a photo. Let me know if you have one you would like me to use and I can add it in at any time! Hope you stop by today!
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  8. Sounds very similar to our house, I end up sorting the seeds and my husband carves something amazing!
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