Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2-1904-September 24, 1991), otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, was the author and illustrator of 48 children books. His simple rhyming stories along with fun and interesting characters are wonderful for children learning to read. Many of his stories carry important timeless messages that can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. Because of these reasons, Dr Seuss continues to be the best selling author of children’s books in the world. Every year on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss Day is celebrated to promote the importance of reading and celebrate Dr. Seuss.
5 activities for Dr. Seuss Day
Read Dr. Seuss Books.
Set up a table with your family’s favorite Dr. Seuss books to read throughout the day. Visit the library and pick up some Dr. Seuss books that you have never read before. Read some aloud as a family or let older children read to younger. Everyone loves reading Dr. Seuss!
Write like Dr. Seuss.
Students can make up some characters of their own and write a short poem about them. Or they could pick a section of a Dr. Seuss book and change some of the rhyming words to make it into something new.
Make a Dr. Seuss themed meal.
How about a Cat in the Hat Pizza for lunch along with One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish, Truffula Fruits, Pink Yink Ink Drink, and Green Eggs and Ham cookies for dessert?
To make a simple Cat in the Hat pizza shape homemade or store bought pizza dough in the shape of a hat. Put your sauce over top and cover with cheese. Make 4 horizontal rows of pepperoni to make them look like stripes on the hat. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and dough is golden brown.
To make Green Eggs and Ham cookies, make and bake round sugar cookies. Decorate with white icing and place a green M & M on the cookie.
Make a pitcher of pink lemonade and place a Pink Yink Ink sign beside it. Goldfish can go in a clear container that each child can scoop their fish out off. Truffula Fruits (grapes) can be put in labeled muffin cup liners.
Study Science with Dr. Seuss.
Read the Cat in the Hat and do a study on the water cycle. You could also do a study on the effects on pollution after reading the Lorax.
Another fun idea is to read Bartholomew and the Oobleck, make oobleck and talk about it. This recipe is simple and so much fun to play with, although it is messy. Use 1 cup of water, 1.5 to 2 cups of corn starch and a few drops of food coloring. Mix the water into the corn starch until you get mixture that will roll up into a ball when you close your hand but go liquid when you open your hand.
Add some Dr. Seuss themed P.E. Activities to your day.
How about a Horton Hatches the Egg race? All you need is a big bouncy ball that a child can sit on. Have your children sit on the balls and bounce them to the finish line.
Or you could have a Cat in the Hat race. See who can get to the finish line and back while balancing books on their heads.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss Oh The Places You’ll Go
How have you celebrated Dr. Seuss Day with your children? Tell us in the comments!