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One of my favorite sayings comes from my children’s favorite author. Seriously. Consider the wisdom of Theodor Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss:
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Truth, plain and simple.
Every March 2, libraries and schools around the country celebrate the birthday of this beloved childhood muse. So why not go beyond simply reading his timless tales and bring them to life? Here are some creative ideas to take you from snack time to craft time to recess.
Fun with Food
With a smidgen of creativity, Dr. Seuss’s books become veritable cookbooks! Favorite yum-o ideas:
- Create a stack of pancakes with strawberry filling to look like the hat of The Cat In the Hat
- Eat cake in the bathtub at home, like the cat does in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (do it while holding an open umbrella, if you’re truly talented)
- Hand out multicolored Goldfish crackers to illustrate One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- Drink pink ink (strawberry Quik-flavored milk) like the “pink yink ink” in One Fish, Two Fish
- Of course there’s green eggs and ham. Of course.
- And check out these adorable Thing One Thing Two cupcakes, shown right, from Go Graham Go!
Dress Up, Seuss-style
Keep the fun going by helping kids dress like their favorite (or original!) Seuss character.
- Look for tall pipe-like hats at the craft store and decorate them with red and white stripes (or make your own from poster board).
- Wear socks on your hands and feet to resemble Fox in Socks.
- And if your dress-up box is a bit more on the wild side, let children layer on the funny furs, feather boas, ears and snouts to create their own silly Seuss-like character! Older children can then write rhyming stories about their original character to share with a younger class.
View the animated webcast recording of football phenom Tim Tebow reading Green Eggs and Ham. Great reading role model! Just click “watch now” and then enter the little information it asks for (city, state, etc.). The video is adorable.
Let kids create two paper bag hand puppets of the Things with this adorable template from obSEUSSed.com. In addition to a printout for each student (provided on the site), you’ll need two red paper bags (or white bags colored red), scissors, glue/double-sided tape and crayons or markers. So stinkin’ cute!
Balance Silliness: Recreate some of the fun from the Cat in the Hat by letting children try their hand at carrying and balancing a variety of items, cat-style, while walking across the room: balance a book on a child’s head, hold a stack of books with a ball on top, and hang a curved-handled umbrella over the crook of the child’s arm. Make it into a contest: Have every child in your class try walking with the same items. Mark each child’s stopping point (how far they get before things topple) on tape on the rug, labeled with their names. The child who walks the farthest wins!
Kite Race: Recreate another activity from the Cat in the Hat by letting kids race kites outside or in the gym at school. Keep things safe by spacing children at least 10 feet apart from each other and shortening their kite strings to under 10 feet. They’ll end up dragging the kites the whole way, but it is hysterical!
Lego Cat Hat: Looking for a simple activity? Have kids sort out red and white Lego blocks and see who can build the tallest ‘Cat Hat’ quickest. Make sure to have a timer and ruler ready to see who wins!
After a Seusstacular day, your students will be saying, ”Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”