This Week at Imagine That

This week many schools celebrate a love of reading in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  We celebrated as well, reading many of Dr. Seuss’s works, including Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham, the Lorax, and The Cat in the Hat.  We also tied in several activities to our readings.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a collection of silly rhymes.  We made several paper fish and wrote rhyming pairs from the story on one side.  Two, blue.  Old, gold.  Far, car.  And more.  The kids played a simple matching game with them.  For a little extra fun, you could put a paperclip on each fish.  Tie a magnet to the end of a stick to create a magnetic fishing pole.  Now you can fish for the rhymes.

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street tells the story of a boy on his walk home from school.  His father always asks him what he saw on his walk.  All he sees is a horse and cart, which he deems too boring.  As he walks home, he imagines up a better sight, finally picturing a big parade.  But when faced with his father, he returns to the simple sight of the horse and cart.  This was a great chance to discuss how Dr. Seuss went to the zoo every week as a kid and tried to draw the animals he saw.  He never thought they turned out right, but he never gave up.  This story has several animals from zebras to elephants to study.  After looking at all the animals, we used Model Magic to create our own animal sculptures.  We ended up with some purple cheetahs and rainbow pandas and cats.  They went well with the red reindeer and yellow zebras of Dr. Seuss’s imagination.

Finally, we talked about, but didn’t read the story of Bartholomew and the Oobleck.  This story is a rarity in the world of Dr. Seuss as it does not rhyme.  It’s also a little longer than many other stories and we couldn’t wait to get to the oobleck.  Oobleck is simple to make and fun to play with.  It’s a simple mixture of a 1:1 ratio of cornstarch and water.  You can experiment with different ratios and add color if you wish.  The fun part is that oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid.  Non-Newtonian fluids act as both solids and liquids at times.  When under pressure, say from someone running across it or picking it up, it feels solid.  But when the pressure is released, you sink in or find it dripping from your hand.