What do you have when you mix school glue, cornstarch, water, food coloring and a tiny bit of borax? Goop! This homemade silly putty is marvelous stuff! We use it like playdough as it doesn’t leave residue! Yay for mess-less play! Last week a friend came over and we popped the goop. Many of our activities are things I come up with, but I can’t take any credit for this alphabet review. Quirky Kid Z decided that making prints with his letters was the greatest thing his goop could be doing. All I had to do was grab the camera. It is so much fun watching them learn and explore. All you need is some goop and some magnetic letters.
- Have one child press the letter into the goop and have another child (with eyes closed) guess what the letter is using the sense of touch.
- Cover the letter with a sheet of goop and dig it out again.
- See if you can make the letters stand up using the goop.
- Sing the alphabet song while you work – Do you know any phonics songs? Review the sound that each letter makes.
- Make long “snakes” with the goop and form letters with them. Watch the goop meld back into a blob as your letter dissolves.
Want more molding fun? Joy at Joyful Learner, wrote a post about how her preschooler used playdough and magnetic numbers!