|How to make
filling in into a dry water bottle using a funnel. Partially blow up a balloon. Pinch the neck of the balloon
closed. Here it gets tricky-- while pinching the balloon closed, place the lip of the balloon over the mouth of
the bottle. Now you can release your pinch. If the balloon is firmly connected to the bottle, turn the bottle
upside down to allow the filling to flow into the balloon. Pinch the balloon neck again and disconnect it from
the bottle. Slowly release the air from the balloon (if using flour or cornstarch, do this very slowly or else
the powder will blow out with the air). Try to get as much air out of the balloon as possible (you may have to
suck some air out, but be careful not to inhale any filling). Tie a knot. Place a second balloon over the first
for added protection.
For added fun, draw a face on the balloon with permanent markers and watch it stretch and distort.
Variations for fillers: Hair gel, shampoo, play doh, putty, homemade putty (won't dry out in the balloon).
Method for filling the balloon will be different--find a way to open the lip of a deflated balloon wide (for
example, cut off the top of a Gatoraid bottle, or a similarly wide mouth bottle, and place the lip of the
balloon around the bottle mouth to open it wide). Then shove the filler in manually.
Oobleck for squeezing, "writing" or drawing
all of the ingredients to the bag. Try to squeeze out as much air as possible. Seal it. For extra protection,
fold a piece of packing tape or duct tape over the top. Double bag it for enthusiastic squishers.
pancake-thickness flat). Add coloring if needed, glitter and flat foil shapes. Try to remove all air. Seal the
bag and tape the top closed with duct tape or packing tape. Double bag it if necessary. Flatten the bag and
place it over white or light colored paper. Practice using the index finger to "write" letters, numbers and
words. Or, place a picture of a letter, number or word under the bag for tracing over it.
shampoo instead of hair gel
add alphabet beads-- kids can try to find the letters in their names
add school themes or holiday charms (e.g., plastic spiders for Halloween, foil snowflakes in winter, etc.)
best). Roll down the cuff a few times to keep it from getting messy. Fill the glove about 3/4 full with white
glue (a second person holding the glove open makes this much easier). Unroll the cuff. Push out as much air
as possible and tie a knot. To prevent leaks, place a second glove over the first. Kids will have fun squeezing
the glove to distribute the color and watch it blend together. It's a great sensory experience!
use shampoo or hair gel instead of glue and paint
add small beads to be pushed around inside of glove; challenge kids to get all beads into one finger