Dr. Seuss and Science…

..These are a few of my favorite things!

 

Spending time with our niece and nephew on the weekends is definitely a top 5 on our list of things my husband and I like to do. As a teacher, I have a special place in my heart for Dr. Seuss, the illustrations, the rhymes, the unforgettable characters which I love to share not only with my students but with Elsie and Ben too.

 One lesson (which I did in April) with my Pre-K class, was such a hit I thought I’d bring in home for the summer holiday and share it on here with both parents and teachers alike! Oobleck is a very easy science experiment that’s reminiscent of it’s 90’s predecessor, Gak and is wonderful fun for kids of all ages. Oobleck gets it’s name from the classic Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck if you’ve never read the book it center’s on an arrogant king who was tired of sunlight, rain, snow and wind falling from the sky so he calls upon his magicians to create something new. Enter the gooey green substance, Oobleck, which fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom until the king says “I’m sorry”. Elsie, Tom, Ben and I made Oobleck-but never fear! We made it in a bowl that wreaked havoc in our kitchen, only because we got super carried away playing with it!
The kids really had a blast with it-not to mention it brought out the big kid in my husband, I’d highly recommend it for rainy days or just a day time activity to do with your own children. Want to make Oobleck like we did? Great let’s start!
Here’s what you need and how much it will cost you:
1. 2 Cups of Water – FREE from your faucet
2. 1 Cup of Glue (we used Elmer’s School Glue)- $12.99
3. 2 Tablespoons of Borax (We used ’20 Mule Team’ borax and you can find this in any laundry detergent aisle)- $4.09
4. Food Coloring (we used McCormick Specialty Extracts green food coloring) $2.62
Total Expenses: $19.70
That’s just under $20 for hours of fun, once you’ve got the things you need read below as show you how we did it (with pictures because obviously pictures make everything better).
1. I mixed 1 Cup of water with 1 Cup of glue.
2. Tom (in a separate bowl) mixed the remaining 1 Cup (remember the recipe called for two!) of water with the two tablespoons of borax.
3. Tom and I allowed Elsie and Ben to add a few drops of food coloring to the bowl with the borax in it.
4. Tom and Ben combined their borax and water mixture into Elsie and I’s glue and water mixture SLOWLY while allowing the kids each a spoon to stir.
5. Your mixture should start to become rubbery, when this happens please stop pouring in the Borax mixture.
6. Tom then poured off the excess liquid and let Elsie and Ben play…oh who are we kidding?! We played too and IT WAS FUN!
Word to the wise though this WILL stick to clothes, hair and YES even your carpets so mad scientists beware. Also I felt like this, being the second time I made it, it came out better than my first batch so if your first batch is off don’t get discouraged, keep trying!
Did you try this experiment and enjoy it? Have any others you want me to review? Leave a comment below, I love to hear from you!
Love you. Mean it.
Brittany
xoxo

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