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18 March 2004 1544 GMT
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Pic: James Piercy holding some custard
James Piercy gets to grips with some funny yellow stuff!
Here's an experiment you can try at home.
This one is great fun and really messy!
Ask an adult to get you some custard.

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To do this experiment you'll need:
Some plain custard powder

Pic: custard in a bowl.
Step 1
Put some custard powder into a bowl.
Step 2
it with water while stirring until it feels weird; you’ll know what I mean when you feel it! Try running a spoon handle through the custard mixture.
Step 3
spoon should leave a clean cut groove that swiftly fills with liquid custard again. Or try sticking your finger in - the custard should stick to your finger!
Pic: rolling the custard.
Step 4
some of the custard mixture up and roll it into a ball between your hands. It feels slimy! If it is not mixed properly, you won't be able to do this.
  Step 5
Keep moving it - what happens if you stop? If you keep rolling it the custard forms a solid-like ball, but as soon as you stop...
Pic: James holds up string custard. runs away like a liquid. Yes, it is messy, but don't panic. When the mix dries out you can just brush the powder out.


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