Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Dr. Seuss' Birthday is coming up this weekend. Boogs and I have been reading a few Dr. Seuss books and doing some activities with them.

In Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the King complains about there only being four things that come from the sky - sun, rain, fog, and snow. The King commands his royal magicians to come up with something else. They create a green slimy substance that ends up threatening the entire kingdom. In the ELB lunchbox: Bartholomew discovering the falling oobleck drawn on cheese, ham sandwich, cucmber letters, apples & blackberries, carrots with dressing in a Mini ELB container.

Boogs thought the oobleck was so cool that he wondered if we could make some. He emptied a 4 oz bottle of white school glue into a bowl then slowly started pouring in 1/2 cup of liquid starch. Boogs kneaded that together with a couple of drops of green food coloring to make his own version of oobleck.
 It was cold and slimy. He played with it for quite a while before adding a few toys to it.
 Boogs had to help rescue some army men from the oobleck. They were trapped and starting to sink.
 He fashioned a special harness out of rubberbands to save them.
 Boogs played with this for probably an hour or so. The neat thing about this oobleck is that you can seal in a sandwich baggie or an airtight container and play with it again another day.

 If I Ran the Zoo lunch
Gerald McGrew thought his local zoo could use a bit of updating. He described all kinds of unusual animals he would discover to keep in his own zoo. In the Laptop lunchbox: ten-legged pb&j lion sandwich in a cheese cage, ZOO spelled in fruit leather, berries, goldfish, and spinach. Boogs also had a small container of cottage cheese, not pictured.

Boogs and I each drew a picture of one animal we would add to Gerald McGrew's Zoo. Boogs created a "Zok" and I created a "Woofoozle". Boogs would only let me take a picture of him in the Cat and the Hat outfit if he could also take one of me. Lovely (shudder).

Last year, (before I went back to work) I made several Dr. Seuss lunches that I think were better than the ones I made this week. You can see them out here.

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  1. Cleaver idea to use liquid starch, we've used corn starch and glue before yours seems less messy? (for goo anyway) Awesome Seuss day! The cheese art is awesome!

    1. I did not have any Borax so I used liquid starch which was left over from making a Halloween ghost out of cheesecloth. I have never tried corn starch and glue. We have made goop out of corn starch and water.

  2. Looks like your kiddo had alot of fun with all your Seuss stuff!! great job!

    1. Thanks, Julie. Boogs like rescuing his army men.

  3. such a fun experiment!!! loooove

  4. I bet he loved the mess. JDaniel did when we tried this. I will be sharing this post on Facebook and Pinterest.

  5. What a great idea! We tried oobleck with cornstarch and water and food coloring. It was so much fun! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!