Dr. Seuss books have been some of our favorites since we started reading to the boys. In fact, I will never forget that the first book that Gibbs was ever obsessed with was Hop on Pop. Right around his first birthday, he went through a stage where he insisted that we read that book over. and over. and over. Keith and I both had it memorized and we still quote it regularly (three years later!).
Since we have so much love for Dr. Seuss, I always make a point to “celebrate” his birthday with some Dr. Seuss Activities. The rest of the country celebrates as well with Read Across America Day on Sunday, March 2.
This year I decided to make some very simple characters from all of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. I printed the images from the internet (a Google image search works well, or you can visit Random House’s great website, Seussville.com). I laminated my chosen images (totally optional!), and then clipped clothespins to each one.
These little pieces can be used for a variety of fun and educational activities, depending on the age of your child. We started with a color matching game, which was perfectly appropriate for two-year-old Casey, but a bit too easy for four-year-old Gibbs (although they both had fun with it).
I made a color board by taping together pieces of construction paper. I then let each child select one character at a time and clip it onto the matching color.
The clothespins are a great way for little ones to work on their fine motor skills as well. Bonus!
As I said, Casey loved this!
Check out the concentration!
Here’s what the color board looked like when they were done:
And then we moved on to a game that was a bit more advanced, and therefore more appropriate for the preschool crowd. Since Dr. Seuss’s books are known for their rhymes, and since rhyming is a huge component in teaching children to read, that was our focus for this activity. I put all of our characters upside down on the floor and allowed the boys to pick one at a time. For each character that we picked, we tried to come up with rhyming words. For instance, when we selected “The Cat in the Hat,” we called out “mat,” “sat,” and “bat.” When we pulled out the picture of the Green Eggs and Ham, we were trying to think of words that rhyme with “ham.” Gibbs instantly said “DAM,” and my face must have had a panicked look on it because he quickly qualified that response with a further explanation: “like a beaver dam.” Hah! Just so that we’re not talking about the other “damn!” After all, he’s still only four…
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