Dr. Seuss Activities
Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, published his first book, And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937. Twenty years later, he published The Cat in the Hat. That’s when his popularity really took off. Generations later, his books are still loved by children and adults alike.
There’s even a yearly day of celebration for Dr. Seuss and his books, National Read Across America Day, on March 2nd. This date was chosen because it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday. As a result, it’s commonly called Dr. Seuss Day. This fun day is set aside to celebrate the joy of reading and motivate children to read more.
Whether you’re enjoying Dr. Seuss’s books on his birthday or any time of the year, here’s a list of fun activities to go along with several of his books. At the end of this post, there’s also a free unit study that explores the secret art of Dr. Seuss and some ideas for hosting a virtual teatime to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day.
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Green Eggs & Ham Activities
Green Eggs & Ham – In this classic, packed with tongue-twisters, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham gets longer and longer. The book may help encourage picky eaters to try new foods.
- Your kids can make their own green eggs with this paper plate craft.
- Do this fizzy green eggs science experiment using vinegar, baking soda, plastic Easter eggs, and food coloring.
- Prepare a special green eggs and ham breakfast.
- Or, if you prefer not to use food dye, try this recipe instead. It uses spinach to color the eggs.
- Print this coloring sheet for your kids to color.
- Help Sam-I-am find the green eggs and ham at the end of this printable maze.
The Lorax Activities
The Lorax – In this story, the Lorax, who “speaks for the trees,” confronts the Once-ler, who causes environmental destruction. The book’s final pages teach that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference.
- This mixed media art project is the perfect way to display memorable quotes from The Lorax.
- On this page, you’ll find several Lorax-themed science activities, including instructions to make a whisper-ma-phone.
- These cute truffula trees are made using a popsicle stick, paper plate, and tissue paper.
- For a fun snack, dress up tangerines to look like The Lorax using construction paper and googly eyes.
- Create a Lorax hand print craft using construction paper, shaving cream, paint, and googly eyes.
- This page has several Lorax coloring sheets to choose from.
- This unit study includes lesson plans, a printable lapbook, and worksheets.
The Cat in the Hat Activities
The Cat in the Hat – Dick and Sally are stuck in the house while it’s raining outside. They are bored until the Cat in the Hat and his troublemaking friends, Thing 1 and Thing 2, show up.
- Follow this video tutorial to draw The Cat in the Hat.
- Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day (or any day) by baking this Cat in the Hat cake.
- Make Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 & Thing 2 finger puppets out of pipe cleaners, pom poms, and googly eyes.
- Follow these instructions to make red and white Dr. Seuss slime.
- Incorporate STEM into your Dr. Seuss activities with this Cat in the Hat cup stacking challenge.
- Your kids can practice rhyming with this printable worksheet.
- This printable pack includes lesson ideas and several worksheets.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Activities
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – This silly rhyme features colors, counting, and opposites, making it a perfect book for young learners to enjoy.
- Create fishbowl art with construction paper, corn syrup, and paint.
- Kids can practice color sorting, number recognition, counting, and patterns with a bag of rainbow-colored Goldfish crackers and this printable.
- This simple red and blue fish dot painting activity only requires this printable and a dot marker.
- Sort rainbow-colored Goldfish crackers and learn about graphing with this printable.
- Make cute origami fish with this step-by-step tutorial.
- With this science experiment, kids test how candy fish dissolve in various household liquids.
- This printable unit study includes lesson ideas and several worksheets.
Fox in Socks Activities
Fox in Socks – This classic tongue-twister gets pretty tricky. Try to see how quickly you can read it without slipping up.
- Print this set of Fox in Socks tangram patterns for your kids to play with.
- Make this fox handprint puppet from cardstock, a popsicle stick, googly eyes, and other basic craft supplies.
- Make a simple Fox in Socks paper bag puppet with this printable template.
- Follow this tutorial to make a cute fox craft out of a paper plate, construction paper, tissue paper, and googly eyes.
- Practice rhyming skills with this printable matching worksheet.
- This unit study includes lesson plans and printable sentence writing worksheets.
Horton Hears a Who! Activities
Horton Hears a Who! – Horton, the elephant, discovers that a tiny speck of dust contains an entire miniature world–Who-ville. The story teaches children that anyone, big or small, can choose to speak out for what is right.
- Your children can make elephant ear headbands with this template and some construction paper.
- Use this template to make cute Horton paper bag puppets.
- Make Horton the elephant out of a Styrofoam cup, card stock, googly eyes, and other craft supplies.
- This printable writing prompt/craft asks, “Horton Hears a Who! What did he say to you?”
- Draw Horton with this step-by-step video tutorial.
- Work on beginning math skills with the activities ideas in this post and a bag of multi-colored pom poms.
The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss
In addition to the illustrations found in his children’s books, Theodor Geisel was a cartoonist and artist inspired by the surrealism movement. While some of his work as a cartoonist became popular, he kept much of his art to himself. That art is referred to as the secret art of Dr. Seuss. Learn more about his secret art with this free unit study from Table Life Blog.
Dr. Seuss FaceTime Poetry Teatime
If you want to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with friends or family but can’t get together, you could always do it virtually. In this post from Hide the Chocolate, Dachelle shares how her family uses FaceTime to have poetry teatime with cousins in another state.
I hope your family enjoys all of these Dr. Seuss activity ideas. What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Comment below.