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Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
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Feb 12, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: experimental

This book is definately not my favorite work by Dr. Seuss. It is not your classic silly, rhyming, play on words Dr. Seuss that we all know and love. It actually tells a story about Bartholomew and the self-centered king who wants to have something in his kingdom that no one else has. This thing turns out to be oobleck, which becomes a nightmare for the kingdom. Although this would not be my first choice among Dr. Suess books, this is a great book for introducing a science experiment to young children. You can actually make your own oobleck in the classroom or at home. Then you can explain the scientific properties to classify what oobleck is. The book helps make the topic more fun and relatable for the students because they are creating something from a book.

First you need some corn starch. Fill a small cup with the corn starch about a third of the way full. Then slowly start to add water to the corn starch. You do not want to add too much water or it will become runny. The texture will be tough but it will appear to look like liquid. Then you can add food coloring to make the oobleck look like the stuff from the book. You will know you did it right if when you take the oobleck out and hold it in your hands, it will be runny and almost melt in the palm of your hand but if you squeeze it into a little ball it will harden.

Happy Experimenting!

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