We are no strangers to mess in this house. I love to do messy activities with my daughter because well.... messy kids are happy, and I like happy kids. I break out the paint and playdough nearly every day because it keeps my little love entertained while I cook, clean, etc. and makes me feel less guilty than sticking her front of the t.v. all the time ;)
The other day I was making orange chicken and needed to use cornstarch for the first time. I know! I know! I have never before used cornstarch despite my near constant presence in the kitchen,
I quickly discovered how difficult it can be to work with when I had a terrible time getting it to combine with water. My curiosity was piqued and I did a little research. While the science behind it is not too entirely fascinating, at least not to a two year old (it has to do with suspension and viscosity) I found out that you could do some pretty cool things with this concoction and was excited to have my two year old get her hands in it!
When you mix cornstarch and water in the right amounts, it creates a sort of quicksand effect... or as I like to call it Magic Mud!
|My little scientist experimenting with cookie cutters. What a look of intent discovery!|
I didn't have an exact recipe but I poured out about half a box of cornstarch into a mixing bowl and slowly added water by the tablespoon until all the cornstarch was combined. It is a little tricky because as you mix, it starts to crumble. You know you have reached the right consistency when once combined and you stop mixing, it turns into a runny liquid that can be compared to honey or maple syrup.
Now for the fun! This awesomely cool Magic Mud stays in a liquid form when left untouched, however when you start to pick it up, roll it around, or harass it (yes I did just say harass...it's just a funny word) with cookie cutters it starts to crumble and solidify...but only for a moment.
Picture quality aside, here is what we managed to capture.
|Magic Mud briefly captured on the tail end of its solid state display.|
|Magic Mud showing off its awesome fluidity in its journey back to a liquid state.|
|Sweet Juliette mesmerized by the texture. (As it dries on your hands it kind of feels like baby powder)|