Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Celebrate the imagination of America’s favorite children’s book author, the incredible Dr. Seuss (whose birthday is March 2)! One of my favorite Seuss books is Horton Hears a Who. I found this very simple craft online, and it would be an ideal way for kids to engage in meaningful roleplay activities after reading the book (and perhaps watching the movie).

 

Use hot glue to attach a pink pom-pom to a green pencil or popsicle stick. Then glue a tiny white pom-pom (or portion of cotton ball) to the pink clover. 

Now, help your children pretend they are Horton. The entire fate of Whoville rests in their hands. Be careful not to drop the clover! 

Give them daring challenges. Cross the bridge – a row of pillows on the floor; Jump the ravine – from one hoola hoop to the next; Don’t let the sharks get you – climb on outdoor play structure without letting your feet hit the ground, etc. etc.  Be sure to keep the activities child-friendly and age-appropriate with adult supervision at all times…and whatever you do, don’t drop the clover!

Visit you local library or bookstore for other fun Dr. Seuss reads. While younger children may prefer the simpler books, you may also want to try some of my personal favorites:

  • And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go
  • Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
  • Great Day for Up!
  • Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him!
  • In a People House
  • Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now!
  • The Butter Battle Book
  • The Lorax
  • There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

Also visit www.seussville.com for fun online activities.

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