Hey y'all!
This week had been bananas! I *love* teaching Seuss all week, but Ella and Luke both ended up getting the stomach bug so I was out a day and I feel like I've been playing catch up all week!

One of my FAVE-orite things to do with Seuss week is read "Bartholomew and the Oobleck." I read it in 2 days because it's a little bit long to take in one sitting (for those sweet K babies at least!)  After we are halfway through, I have my kids write "I wonder" statements- great questioning technique! I always love having them think of "I wonders." It really gives a little snapshot into their mind.

After finishing the book, we make "real-life" Oobleck! They are always a *teensy* bit worried that they're not going to be able to pull their hands out after reading the story, lol!
To make oobleck:
1 1/2 C cornstarch 
1 C water
a few drops green food coloring, and mix! 

*I suggest mixing the water and food coloring FIRST so that you don't splash food coloring on you {I might be speaking from experience...the goop is hard to mix up haha!}*

 And let them explore!!
As we were exploring, I asked them guiding questions about the oobleck and their senses. Afterward, each table was assigned a sense to discuss. They brainstormed what it smelled like, what it looked like, sounded like, and felt like. We took these ideas and did an interactive writing poem with the ideas they came up with.
Snag this sensory poem up HERE. There are 2 versions that vary a little. 
Let me know if you snag them up!!


  1. I also love Seuss week. I haven't made Oobleck but it looks like a fun way to teach about the senses. Thanks for sharing.
    Granny Goes to School

  2. Thank you! This is also one of my favorite activities. I will enjoy adding your sensory poem to our write up - we followed up by talking about adjectives to describe the Oobleck, then wrote in our journals. My big questions for you - do you mix up all the oobleck first? It looks like you let them mix it! I took a few layers off my nails mixing this year - would love any helpful tips you have!
    Again, thank you. I love reading your blog- your energy and love of teaching is so refreshing!

  3. I am so glad I saw your post. My 4 year old came home and had a note that mentioned "he waited patiently while his friends made their "oobleck". I had no clue what the teacher was talking about, but just bypassed it. Now, I know!
    I just showed him and asked him if that's what he made, he said, "yep, and it was dis-gus-ting!"
    So funny!

    Thanks for the post!
    Hodges Herald

  4. loved the poem! I snagged it for next year...or maybe the end of this year!

  5. Thank you so much!!! I am in my fifth year of teaching K and finally ready to take on the wonderful mess of oobleck! I am going to use it as part of my Five Senses unit later this year. The response paper is fantastic, too!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! ~A Grateful Maine Teacher :)


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