1 box of corn starch, 2 cups of water, newspaper (or a tablecloth that can get dirty), a large bowl, a small plastic animal (optional)
15 - 60 minutes
- Cover a table with your newspaper or tablecloth
- Pour your cornstarch into your bowl
- Slowly add in the water until your cornstarch becomes pretty thick (think about how thick honey is, that a good consistency for your quick sand) and stir it gently
- Play with it! Try to poke at it with your finger or another object, pick it up, hold it in your hand. Grab a small toy (a plastic animal will work perfect) and place it on your quick sand. Experiment with how it feels and how it reacts when you do different things with it.
What happens when you play with your quick sand? Does it get soft when you move it around? What happens when you poke at it or are gentle with it? Why might it be important to understand how quick sand works?
If you were to step into quicksand, don’t worry, it won’t suck you down. Remember to stay calm, the slower you move, the easier it will be to get out.
Did you know that quicksand occurs when sand gets trapped above water and the sand is so saturated by the water that it can not support any weight? Opposite of what you might think, the faster some one moves to get out of the quicksand, the harder it becomes to get out of it!
TIPS & IMAGININGS:
- Aren’t you glad you’re a human!? Now that you know how quick sand works, you can escape it! Imagine how an animal might feel if it got trapped...luckily, you never have to worry about feeling like that!
- If you’d like to keep your quick sand for a little while, keep it in a plastic sandwich bag or in a Tupperware container.
This activity is part of a series of low cost, hands on activities that can be used by anyone who has a passion for nature and who believes that a child's time spent in nature is not only important, but necessary. Each activity was either created by me or gathered from a variety of sources. You can find the complete list of all of the activities on my Nature Activities tab.