Sunday, February 8, 2009

sweet and slimy

Remember how I'm taking a class? Of course you do, right? One of my assignments is to read 5 picture books a week, and to think of some activities to go with them. This book was so precious, I decided to share a little of my homework tonight!

Marylou is secretly in love with Herbie. Don't you love their names? She is too shy to approach him, so she leaves love poems written in slime around the garden instead. Herbie is intrigued, and he starts writing her poems back. In the end, they finally meet and fall in love. And, awww, they live happily ever after, too!

Activity #1

Marylou and Herbie's love poems rhyme, and, in my classroom, we just so happen to be totally into rhyming. We've been singing this goofy song a lot lately:

**Invite the child to think of 2 words that rhyme OR you can give them one word
and they can come up with another word that rhymes (the words don't have to be real words).

a slug gives a hug
a slug gives a hug
hi ho the derry-o
a slug gives a hug

Activity #2
What's as slimy and as gooey as a slug? GAK! I found this homemade gak recipe at Polliwog's Cakewalk, which is quite a cool blog, btw. Anyway, I think I'm going to make it with the children next week, so I did a gak test run at home today.

Elmer's glue & liquid starch
use in equal parts (for example, 1 cup of each)

Mix the glue with a little food coloring first.

As soon as you add the liquid starch,
the mixture becomes really thick, gooey,
and incredible!

Also, this is my 100th post! WOW! Look for a little give-away sometime this week! :)


  1. Kudos on 100 posts. I love the GAK activity. I am thinking that would be great fun at an upcoming birthday party.

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    Enjoy :0)

  4. Your blog is really the color! I would sign my girls up in an instant if you could be their teacher....that's a lot coming from a homeschool mom! :)

  5. Anne we should do the oobleck on a speaker.. that would be so cool!!!

  6. I'm saving the GAK recipe for future fun!


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