Tar pits and quicksand were treacherous for our dino friends but oh so fun for us to explore. There’s no better way to explore the tar pits than with a tar pit sensory bin. Of course, we cannot use real tar in the house so instead, we will be using oobleck.
This preschool activity will engage your child’s senses, get them measuring and mixing, and it will encourage them to engage in problem-solving skills. Plus they will be having loads of fun which is always a win.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Science

  • Pose “what” and “why” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions and perform experiments
  • Understand 3 of the 5 senses to make observations

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Measurement

  • Use nonstandard units to measure items (hand lengths, string lengths, etc.)

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Science

  • Pose “what,” “why” and “how” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions, perform experiments, and discuss results
  • Use 5-senses to make observations

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Measurement

  • Use nonstandard units to measure items (hand lengths, string lengths, etc.)

Required Materials

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*Plastic Tub

Corn Starch

Water

*Washable Paint or Food Coloring

*Large Toy Dinosaurs

Step #1
In a plastic bin mix up the oobleck.
  • 1/2 cup of corn starch
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Food coloring or a few drops of washable paint for color
Step #2
Give your Lil’ some toy dinosaurs to play with in the “tar” and that’s it!

Teacher Tip

I highly recommend you do this activity outside as oobleck can get quite messy quite fast…

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