Dry Gloop Construction Activity

Benefits of Playing With Dried Gloop

  • Problem Solving Skills: By testing their ideas as they explore the items with in the tray and discover the best way to break the gloop. 
  • Fine Motor Skills: As they use the hand held tools to break the gloop. As well as using their hands to crumble, squeeze and poke the mixture.
  • Gross Motor Skills: As they use bigger arm movements to push the trucks around the tray.
  • Creativity and Imagination: As they create a story line based around their play like digging up the road to mend a broken pipe.

Extending Dried Gloop Play

Once your preschooler has finished breaking the gloop pass they a squirt bottle filled with water and watch as the gloop returns to its original consistency. 

Youtube Tutorial

Making The Gloop

Just Grab:

  1. 250g or 2 1/2 Cups of Corn Flour / Cornstarch
  2. 250ml or 1 Cup of Water
  3. Black Food Colouring or Paint 


  1.  Fill a jug with 250ml of water then add a few drops of food colouring or paint. Mix to combine
  2. Shake 2 1/2 cups of corn flour into the tray and slowly pour in the water, stopping the mix it occasionally. As the gloop gets thicker it can become thicky to mix with a spoon so it may be easier to use your hands to combine the mixture.
  3. Once the mixture is runny when you are gentle with it and crumbles when you are rough with it you have your gloop, now it’s time to leave it to dry overnight.
Dry Gloop Construction Activity

Creating The Activity

Once the gloop has dried, find a selection of; trucks, spoons and any other resources you have to create a construction style invitation to play.

Don’t forget by slowly adding water you can turn the dried gloop back into it’s usual state. This is a great way to extend the play!

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