Oobleck and The Shape of Me Fun

 
 Morgan doesn't trust this oobleck! 

Morgan doesn't trust this oobleck! 

 Oliver was a big fan of the oobleck!

Oliver was a big fan of the oobleck!

“And this mess is so big and so deep and so tall, we cannot pick it up. There is no way at all!” - Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

So much of Dr. Seuss’ career revolved around creativity and making people smile. One of the Dr. Seuss activities that makes me smile is oobleck. Oobleck is a simple mixture of cornstarch, water, and food coloring, but it can provide endless possibilities of entertainment. The consistency of oobleck is like nothing else, and it can be tricky to mix. I have found it is best if you add the food coloring to your water and then slowly pour water into the cornstarch and mix it with your hands (you should use roughly 1 part water to 2 parts cornstarch). Oobleck is neither a solid nor a liquid, but rather a little of both.

 The Shape of Morgan

The Shape of Morgan

Initially, when I put the oobleck in front of Oliver, he was hesitant to touch it, and it took more than a little convincing to get him to reach in. Once he started, it was impossible to get him to stop! Morgan was harder to convince, and other than a finger touch or two, she had no desire to play with us. We let the oobleck drip through our fingers and made a ball and watched it wiggle like jello. As the oobleck dries out, you can add just a little water to get back to the consistency desired. Dr. Seuss’ book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, is on the longer side, so while Oliver played, I summarized the story for him. As in many of Dr. Seuss’ books, there is a lesson to be learned and the lesson of Bartholomew is to be careful what you wish for and to listen to others who try to help you. While oobleck is not the cleanest activity, the entertainment provided more than makes up for the mess it creates!

 The Shape of Oliver

The Shape of Oliver

Another of Dr. Seuss’s books creates more of a sentimental keepsake for parents. It’s called The Shape of Me and Other Things. We read this book and then talked about different shapes in everyday objects like the TV, the clock, and toy cars. We then used a desk lamp to cast a shadow of each of the kid's profiles on black paper. We cut out the profiles and glued them on white paper. While the kids colored, we asked them questions about their favorite things such as colors, foods, shows, books, and friends. Oliver loves to see “the shape of him” hanging on our wall. He is so proud that it looks like him and is filled with his favorites and for years to come, we will have these special memories of our kids in 2018.

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