How to Make Oobleck

As I showed off the master bedroom (more to come this week!), I noted that my husband said sleeping on our comfy new Serta mattress set was like “sleeping on oobleck.” That may have left some of you scratching your heads in confusion, so I’m back to explain. Oobleck is a mixture of water and cornstarch in a roughly 1:1.5 ratio.

It’s an odd substance that at once has the properties of a liquid and a solid. It’s really fun to play with.

Take a look.


Oobleck is also a metaphor for life in that sometimes when you jump into a situation (even with the best of intentions) it can feel like you’re running into a brick wall. But if you soften up, relax and ease into things, it works out.

Ever feel like that in a social situation? Like, you show up to your first PTA meeting all eager and rearing to go only to feel like you’re on the outside of a well-established clique? You can walk away from situations like that, or you can keep going back and eventually, you’ll find your comfort spot.

Or perhaps, like Wonder Woman in the video, you’ll find yourself sinking in quicksand, so overwhelmed with volunteer “opportunities” that you won’t see your spouse until your kids graduate from high school.


2 Responses to How to Make Oobleck
  1. Michelle
    February 20, 2012 | 8:56 pm

    Is it wrong that I knew what oobleck is? I’m way too much a geek, but I love the analogy you used. And that bed? *sigh* I’m beyond jealous. Did I tell you my bed is the one I bought when I graduated college? Time for a replacement, but ….

  2. kim/reluctant renovator
    February 21, 2012 | 7:41 am

    No, it’s very right. Oobleck is awesome and makes a great sensory experience for kids of all ages. I shared the remains from the video with my junior-high aged Food Science (Science Olympiad) team and they went nuts over it.

    You are younger than me, but I do suspect it’s been a few years since college graduation. Mattresses are pricey, but when you think about the overall cost per use? Not such a bad deal.