Authentic English | Post-Examination Fun with Sticky Gooey Oobleck!

I am so glad that the examinations are over and that the holidays are finally around the corner. I am sure you feel the same way too! Since the holiday bug has bitten all of us, today’s post will be a lot less serious and a little bit more fun.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

For those of you who are familiar with Dr Seuss’ books, you would have probably heard of a tale entitled ‘Bartholomew and the Oobleck’. It tells the story of King Derwin of Didd who summoned his royal magicians to create something new and exciting to fall from the sky. However, what he got were sticky green globs called oobleck, and they created such a mess everywhere! It was only with the help of his pageboy, Bartholomew Cubbins, that the king managed to restore order to his kingdom.

If you are interested to read the story, you can pick up this great read from the Book Depository now!

Our very own ooblek stress balls

Inspired by the book, Mrs Chew and I decided to make our very own oobleck stress balls with the Primary 5 students as part of our post-examination activity. These stress balls are really simple and fun to make. Check out the video below:

Easy, right? All you need are corn flour, water, an empty plastic water bottle and some balloons. You need a small bowl and a measuring cup (it is easier to pour the mixture from the measuring cup into the plastic water bottle than from the bowl).

The only thing to remember is that it can get rather messy so avoid wearing your new clothes when you do this! Also, you might want to line the table with a plastic sheet so as to make it easier for you to clean up. The good thing about making oobleck is that any mess you make can be wiped away with just cloth and water.

The students had an enjoyable time creating their own oobleck stress balls. I hope you will try it out and have lots of fun too! If you do try it out, leave a comment below and let me know how it goes.

That’s all for today’s post. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to recharge and relax during this end-of-year break. Spend time catching up with your family and do the things you love. Take care and I’ll see you soon!

About the Author: Nora is an English Teacher at Lil' but Mighty. She is committed to providing students with a dynamic and nurturing environment in which they can grow and develop. One of her greatest strengths as an educator is instilling a love for the English Language in her students.

Nora Kamal

Lil' but Mighty Education Centre Pte. Ltd., Block 431 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-326, 120457

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the National University of Singapore and later receiving my Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, I began my teaching career in 1998.

I am committed to providing students with a dynamic and nurturing environment in which they can grow and develop. One of my greatest strengths as an educator is instilling a love for the English Language in my students. I accomplish this by incorporating games and Drama conventions, such as hot-seating and freeze frames, into my lessons to spark their interest and make learning enjoyable.

In my years of experience, I have had the opportunity to meet students from various backgrounds and cultures. I have been able to establish positive relationships with and support the pastoral development of the students under my care. More importantly, I believe that working hand-in-hand with parents is the ultimate key in helping children to succeed.

Robert John Meehan once said, “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.” As a teacher who is passionate about what I do, I hope to equip my students not only with the necessary examination skills but also to develop them into thinking, creative individuals.