This is definitely one of my favorite messy science experiments. Non-Newtonian fluid is ideal for a states of matter unit (and way more interesting than watching ice melt). Yes, there are countless videos online of Ooblek explorations. But, I love how simple this one is.
At the heart of hands-on messy science play is inquiry. This article presents the reasoning behind using an inquiry-based model in the elementary classroom. I also enjoyed the age breakdown and suggestions for making science age-appropriate.
You don’t have just one science lesson over the course of the school year, right? This collection bridges a variety of content areas – connecting them to science through messy play. The diversity of lessons really got me thinking about how to incorporate this type of hands-on exploration and what teachers could do to use science in new and different ways. Aside from that – it offers an awesome array of easy activities to try out!
The video and accompanying article make it clear why hands-on science is so very important. What I love about this combo is the way that it shows the benefits in an action-oriented way. I’m not just reading what some author has to say about science instruction, I’m getting to see how it works too!