Sensory Play: Pumpkin Gloop / Oobleck

What to do with the insides of your carved pumpkin? How about making some Pumpkin Gloop ideal for oodles of sensory play.

We picked our pumpkin from a local farm the other day & were ready to start carving our design, but obviously we had to prep the pumpkin first. We started by washing it, which was a fun messy water activity in itself (!) & once the mud was off our pumpkin was ready to be cut & the pulp scooped out.

After I cut around the top, Minnie removed the lid & discovered the contents! Her hands were soon in the pumpkin scooping out the seeds.

We love playing with gloop (oobleck) in this house & these seeds just seemed a perfect accompaniment for some seasonal gloopy messy play!

We added a packet of cornflour to a large shallow plastic box. This box works really well for indoor messy play, as most of the mess is contained but it still offers enough room for exploration & play. I would recommend covering your floor if it's carpeted... the gloop does have a tendency to spread.

The cornflour provided some great sensory exploration even before the water was added

We mixed a few drops of yellow & red liquid food colouring to cold water to create a orange-ish pumpkin colour, & added the liquid to the cornflour a little at a time.

Minnie mixed until the cornflour & water were combined & the mixture thickened. (Take care not to add to much water or the mixture will become too runny & won't have that 'magic' gloop quality!)

Our pumpkin gloop was ready to explore...

Minnie wanted to 'cook' with the gloop so added a whisk, but soon discovered it was impossible to use as the mixture became firm when pressure was applied. She added a variety of spoons & a spatula which provided great tools for mark making.

Then Minnie decided it was time to add the pumpkin seeds & pulp!

After more mixing, Minnie excitedly told me that she had made 'pumpkin soup' - yummy!

But gloop like this just has to be explored with your hands...

We found the gloop became runnier as the pulp was mixed in, so added a little more cornflour to the mixture to return it to its original consistency.

Soon pots, plates, forks & a mini frying pan were added to the play, & Minnie was making 'pumpkin soup' for all her toys, followed by pumpkin pancakes. Thank goodness she didn't want to flip them!

The consistency of the mixture was great to hide things in, & Minnie couldn't resist a game of hide & seek.

So much messy, sensory fun & discovery from one pumpkin! We Loved it!

I think we'll add some toy tractors & other farm accessories next time we use pumpkin gloop, or how about some plastic spiders for some spooky messy pumpkin play!