Goop and the alphabet

sensory learning with goop lettersWhat 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.
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Ways to add to the learning fun:preschooler learning letters with goop

  • 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.

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Want more molding fun?   Joy at Joyful Learner, wrote a post about how her preschooler used playdough and magnetic numbers!

4 Comments

  1. That’s really cool. I always loved Silly Putty when I was a kid. I never knew you could make it at home.

  2. LOVE this idea! We just made some goop since we had all the ingredients on hand, and the boys are having a great time. We’re going to post about it and link to you.

  3. This is a fun idea. But does it taste as good as original Silly Putty :)- kidding!

  4. What a great (and cheap) way to make silly putty. Must see what my kids think of it.

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