Known as Dr. Seuss Day or Read Across America Day, March 2nd marks the celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday. It’s a great opportunity to motivate the children in your class to read while also celebrating the wonderful work of Dr. Seuss. If you’re looking for ways you can celebrate Dr. Seuss Day or Read Across America Day with your students, we’ve come up with a list of five Seusstastic ideas!

1. Have Lots of Fun Making The Cat in the Hat Hats

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd by making these cute hats! Use watercolors or face paint to paint cat whiskers on the children to complete their Seuss-inspired look.

Materials:

  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • White easel paper
  • Red tempera paint
  • 1” paintbrushes
  • Tape

What to Do:

  1. Paint wide red stripes on easel paper, leaving white spaces in between each stripe.
  2. When the paint has dried, help the children roll up the papers to fit their heads. Tape the paper to form a stove-pipe hat.
  3. Have the children wear their hats while you read The Cat in the Hat. Be sure to take pictures of the children wearing their hats!

Source: The Giant Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities

2. Discover Your Students’ Favorite Dr. Seuss Book

Take a vote to see which Dr. Seuss book is your class’ favorite!

Materials:

What to Do:

  1. Tell the children it is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and that he was an author if they are unfamiliar with his work. Let them know you’re going to read them some of the books he wrote.
  2. After you read each story, write the name of the book across the top of the chart.
  3. When you have finished reading your collection of Dr. Seuss books, ask the children which book was their favorite.
  4. Write the children’s names on the chart under their favorite book.
  5. Count how many children voted for each book. Encourage the children to compare the numbers, figuring out which book was their favorite and which one they liked the least. You can also have children create a graph to represent the data.

Source: The Giant Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities

3. Throw a Party to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by throwing him a birthday party! Have children help you plan for the party, and plan on reading several of Dr. Seuss’ books as part of the celebration. You can also offer snacks that are related to Dr. Seuss and his books. For example, you can use strawberry or cherry gelatin and top that with whipped cream or vanilla yogurt for a Seuss-themed parfait. Another idea would be to use strawberries and bananas or marshmallows to create Seuss-themed fruit kabobs. Pass out Dr. Seuss pencils, pens, or bookmarks as special mementos.

4. Make Creative Seuss-Inspired Crafts

Use mini cupcake liners to make a craft that celebrates Dr. Seuss’ book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. You can also have kids make their very own Lorax with orange tissue paper or construction paper and other art supplies.     

Sources: http://www.anightowlblog.com/2014/02/lorax-paper-plate-craft.html/ and http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/02/one-fish-two-fish-red-fish-blue-fish-dr.html

5. Make Seuss Sticks for Math Manipulatives

Make Seuss-inspired sticks that can be used as math manipulatives or dominoes in the classroom. Children can sort them by color, make shapes with them, or use them to learn counting and a variety of other math skills.

Source: http://lalymom.com/dr-seuss-activities-seuss-sticks-dominoes-math-manipulatives

Be sure to browse our Dr. Seuss Lessons Pinterest board for more ideas on celebrating Dr. Seuss Day with your students!

 

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