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We first did oobleck when my oldest was little, and before we realized the extent of our kid’s food sensitivities. My sister-in-law set it up as a fun activity one time when all the cousins were visiting. It was great and messy, but cleaned up so easily (which is always a win).
Since then, though, we’ve found that corn is one of the things my kids are very sensitive to, especially Sean. As you may know, with food allergies or intolerances, even getting some dust of it on the skin can cause some problems, and we’ve found this especially true with Sean.
Oobleck is an activity I’ve been wanting to do again, but I did not want to use corn starch. The answer came when I was making this yummy grain-free and autoimmune protocol safe flat bread recipe for dinner one night. I replace the tapioca starch with arrowroot powder. As I was making the bread, I accidentally added too much liquid, and the result was very oobleck-like. Here’s an allergen friendly oobleck recipe.
- Arrowroot Starch Flour – We use Bob’s Red Mills because that’s what I use for cooking, but any arrowroot powder will work.
Take a bowl or tub. Start by adding 2 cups of arrowroot powder and 1 cup of water. Adjust as needed to make the right consistency.
And then let the kids have fun. Malcolm looks so serious, but I promise he was having a good time.
Han Solo even participated.
As did a cobbled together Lego – Obi Wan’s head, a storm trooper upper body, and Luke’s pants…and no hands. Oh, boys…
This is a great activity to do outside during summer, in the tub, or even on some towels in the kitchen floor. Clean up is super easy. The starch mixture wipes right off when you’re done.