There are 3 states of matter, right? Solid, liquid and gas. Well, there is theoretically another state, a 4th State of Matter known as a “plasma”.
Our plasma concoction is solid enough to break, but it flows like a liquid. Treat your kids to this fun science experiment! It is so simple, but it will have them oohing and aahing! Assemble it outside on the picnic table and save yourself some cleanup.
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
- food coloring
1-Place the cornstarch in a large bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring.
2-Add the water a little at a time, mixing with your hand.
3-Stop adding water when the cornstarch holds together.
4-Gather a blob in your hand and open your fingers. Wait a minute and it will ooze and drip just like a liquid.
5-Punch it and it will form into a solid surface.
6-Grab a ball and pull it apart, and it will break apart on a clean line just like a solid.
7-Save your Plasma Gloop by putting it in an empty cottage cheese or yogurt container with the lid off. It will dry out. Add water when you want to play with it again!