Saturday, 27 October 2012

Superhero Sensory Play - Spiderman Symbiote Slime

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You might remember a while back I shared this Captain America Ice Play with you guys? Well Vin is still not letting up with his Superhero obsession, so I was inspired to create some more Superhero Sensory Playtimes. First up he requested Spiderman... more specifically he wanted to play with Venom, Spiderman's evil counterpart. 

If you're a comic book geek like me and my kid, this is the playtime equivalent of a symbiote - to the layperson it is black oobleck. In the story the symbiote is an evil alien lifeform that attaches itself to a host body - but you don't need to know the details to have some messy fun.

If you've not heard of oobleck before it is hard to describe the sensation - a non-Newtonian fluid made of cornflour and water, it is a liquid until force is applied (like trying to drag your fingers through it) at which point it turns into a solid. You can literally pick up a ball of it and squash it around, but if you stop manipulating it will instantly revert to liquid and drip through your fingers. Seriously, try it, it's great!

We've added food colouring to oobleck before with this Rainbow Goop but this time I wanted a cohesive black mixture so I coloured the water before adding it to the cornflour. 

I added some elastic bands around our sensory tub to represent Spidey's web, then added an action figure of the man himself and a few stickers to decorate. Needless to say this playtime got MESSY so I have no action shots but it was a lot of fun!

If you're not a Superhero fankid this black slime would make an awesome Halloween themed playtime - maybe add some plastic eyeballs or creepy crawlies to your goop?


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