Michelangelo: Budding Scientists Make Stress Balls out of Oobleck

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Curriculum Advisor

On the morning of Thursday, March 16 2017 the B.A.S.E. Daycare Budding Scientists at Michelangelo International school returned from a snow day full force to learn about the difference between liquids and solids.

Oobleck, a liquid substance that looks similar to milk can be made out of cornstarch and water. When the students moved their hand through it quickly, it became solid and offered some resistance.

After the students realized that oobleck was both a liquid and a solid at the same time, Ms. Jodi used a funnel to pour the substance into balloons. Once tied tightly, the balloons became stress balls for the children to use at school and at home.

We discussed stress and anger management techniques that can be used when we get upset or angry such as: yoga, taking a walk, screaming into a pillow, counting to ten, taking deep breaths, using our words, and of course squeezing our newly made stress balls.

Science is great, especially when it is hands on!

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