Dr. Seuss is among our favorite children’s authors. There are so many fun options to read aloud and enjoy. While I use his books with our young children as fun stories and to encourage an understanding of rhyme, even my older children will sit and listen as I read them aloud. His birthday, March 2nd, is celebrated in homes, schools and libraries across the country. Often it is used as a day to encourage reading books by many authors.
Reading Ideas for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Since reading is such an important part of our educational philosophy and the Dr. Seuss books are such favorites, we typically try to take the day off of our ‘regular’ studies and enjoy a fun day of activities and reading. This year each of the older children will pick a favorite Dr. Seuss book to read aloud to the family. I will also set aside some time for everyone in the family to read independently. Next, we will play some rhyming games. My older children enjoy them and the 3 year old is starting to learn about rhymes so it will be a good opportunity to encourage that skill in a fun way.
Dr. Seuss Book Display
One simple and fun way we encourage reading and a variety of books is to feature books for various holidays, events, or authors on “display’ in our dining room. We set up the books we have for that theme across the top of our cabinet where they will stay out until we change themes (normally every few weeks). The children can take them down to read and just put them back up when they are finished. This helps highlight different books from our shelves and keeps them reading books on a variety of topics.
Hands-On Dr. Seuss Learning Ideas
In addition to reading, they will enjoy making ‘oobleck’ to play with and talk about the science behind it. Then we will enjoy some fun Dr. Seuss food. As you can see in the pictures above we enjoy ‘Cat in the Hat’ Pizza and our own version of green eggs and ham (simply adding spinach to the eggs). Depending on how the day is going I may allow my son to pick out an additional snack that we can make together. All of my children love helping in the kitchen.
My three year old really enjoys his dot markers, so he will probably do the Red Fish Blue Fish dot painting activity while we read aloud. I have found at that age having something quiet to work on while we read increases their attention span fr listening to the stories.
There are many other fun crafts, writing prompts, math activities and more to make this day fun and meaningful for children of all ages. I have included a list of resources below with more fun recipes, printables, and activities. I’ve also included a list of a few great Dr. Seuss books in case you do not have any in your collection. Most years we use this as an opportunity to add one more Dr. Seuss book to our growing collection. You may also check with your local library or literacy group to see if they are doing any special activities.
Dr. Seuss Food Ideas:
- Dr. Seuss Pizza
- Cat in the Hat Smoothie
- Cat in the Hat Fruit Snack
- Dr. Suess Cheese and ‘Fish’ Snack
- Cat in the Hat Pancakes
- Green Eggs (we simply scramble eggs and add chopped spinach for the green) with ham. These are yummy, nutritious, and simple to make. Oh
Dr. Seuss Lesson Resources:
- Dr. Seuss Copywork
- Red Fish Blue Fish Dot Painting
- Dr. Seuss Lego Math
- Seussical the Musical Music (free with prime)
- Lesson Plans for Specific Dr. Seuss Books
- Writing Prompts
- Name That Dr. Seuss Book
- Dr. Seuss Math
- Dr. Seuss’s World War 2 Cartoons (for your older children, note that some of them are politically controversial but a great study for mature middle grades or high school students)
Dr. Seuss Books:
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day (we read this one every year before testing)
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket (great for rhyming)
Six by Seuss ( a collection of six books in one)
Dr. Seuss Beginner Board Book Collection (a wonderful collection of books)
Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books ( a great starter collection)
Who Was Dr. Seuss? ( A chapter book about Dr. Seuss)
Green Eggs and Hamadeus (This is a CD of an opera based on the book. We had a chance to see it preformed several years ago by our North Carolina Symphony and it was wonderful. )
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