Not only will your child reap all of the benefits of sensory play, this dripping goo activity teaches about scientific reactions and when put in a colander or on a cooling wrack will drip to create an awesome fine-motor skills and cutting practice activity. Great for play-based learning, early childhood education, practicing scissor use, explaining chemical reactions, and more!

Dripping Goo Fine Motor Activity

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One of the easiest activities I make with my kids is goo. Also known by the name of flubber, gak, and slime, this form of play dough takes mere minutes to make and is such a fun form of sensory play! Because Christmas season is nearing, we decided to make this goo “icicle coloured.” Our FAVOURITE thing to do with this medium is to put it into a colander or onto a cooling rack, tie it so it is hanging about 2 feet off of the floor, waiting for the goo to ooze down, and then letting my kids cut the icicles or dripping goo.

Here is the how-to for dripping goo.

Dripping Goo Activity

Not only will your child reap all of the benefits of sensory play, this dripping goo activity teaches about scientific reactions and when put in a colander or on a cooling wrack will drip to create an awesome fine-motor skills and cutting practice activity. Great for play-based learning, early childhood education, practicing scissor use, explaining chemical reactions, and more!

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What To Use

  • Standard-sized bottle of Elmer’s white glue (120 mL)
  • Food colouring  (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Borax
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup room temp water
  • Colander or cooling rack for baking
  • Scissors
  • 2 even pieces of string

Instructions

In a cup of warm water, mix 1 tsp of Borax until fully dissolved. Then, set aside. Make sure to set aside because mixing it in too soon will mean you won’t be able to add colour or glitter to your mixture. In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 of room temperature water (this will just make your final product a little larger than if you didn’t use it), the entire bottle of Elmer’s glue or similar, glitter (optional), and as much food colouring until desired colour is reached.

A fine motor, sensory, hand-eye coordination activity

Mix well. I do recommend using fine glitter as bigger pieces of glitter tend to fall out when the goo is manipulated. Add water borax mixture. Then mix with your hands (there will be water left over in the bowl, simply discard water. Option to let the mixture stand for excess water to bead off.

A fine motor, sensory, hand-eye coordination activity

Then, fasten a colander or cooling rack across two chairs. We have also used cupboard handles or our chandelier. Wait about 3-5 minutes for icicles to drip and then cut away!

 

A fine motor, sensory, hand-eye coordination activity

 

What they’re learning

  • Cause and effect as well as the other benefits of sensory play.
  • What is a chemical reaction: the borax chemically reacts with the glue making a liquid into a solid.
  • Fine motor skills, how to use scissors and hand-eye coordination!

 

You can make it seasonal by changing the colours and adding glitter. We made Christmas Tree goo as well as blue for dripping icicles (photographed below).

A fine motor, sensory, hand-eye coordination activity

 

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17 thoughts on “Dripping Goo Fine Motor Activity

  1. This is great idea! I miss working with bigger kids and doing fun things like that one. I am definitely remembering this for future 🙂

  2. What a great activity! I was just saying that I need to start letting my son use a scissors. This is a great place to start. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this idea. I remember seeing Katie’s scope about making the goop, but I forgot just how easy it was. I really need to try it, Caleb would love the texture on his hands, I just know it.

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