We have made SO many things with our cornstarch:
- scented powder
- more oobleck
- some more oobleck
- and, most recently, cornstarch glue
The recipe is simple:
1. Stir together one part cornstarch to three parts water, with perhaps one drop of essential oil or a couple drops of food coloring, if you wish. I've seen recipes that call for a 1:2 ratio, but I've tried that before, and the result for me was crumbly and nearly unworkable, and the girls refused to use it at all.
You'll be tempted to use a whisk, but the cornstarch mixture is going to get pretty thick all at once, so really it's best to use a wooden spoon or a fork. Stir continuously--it won't take very long.
2. Heat the mixture over medium heat, but turn it down to medium-low as soon as you feel the mixture start to get thick. It gets thick quickly, and you want to be able to take it off the heat as soon as it looks smooth but translucent, exactly like Vaseline in consistency.
3. Pop the cornstarch glue in an old butter tub, and keep it in the refrigerator when you're not using it.
To apply the glue, you can use a popsicle stick or even a butter knife. It's perfect for kid craft projects, anything from their everyday stuff to Valentines--
--which we are quite immersed in these days, as you can well imagine.