OK, for those of you looking for more Dr. Seuss activities, here are five favorites to start off with! More to come!
(Does anyone else ever feel like they’re juggling this many things?)
The Cat in the Hat
After reading this timeless and iconic favorite, follow-up by playing your own version of UP, UP, UP with a Fish! You can use balls or bean bags to represent “the fish” and toss with a partner, stepping backward after each catch. Or you can simply add physical tasks, one on the other. Stand on one foot. Now hop! Now reach one hand up like you’re holding a fish bowl. Now fan yourself with the other hand. Oh, no! Everyone fall down! Great for large motor skills!
Green Eggs and Ham
Do I have to say it? Make some green eggs! Just add a little green food coloring (maybe even play around with color mixing by adding blue to the yellow eggs). Involve the little ones and build vocabulary by using good descriptors as you work. Emphasize the change from liquid to solid as you crack, whip, cook, and serve! I do so love green eggs and ham! Oh, as an insider tip, when you read this book, toward the end, the characters are talking underwater. Wiggle your finger over your lips as you read those lines to simulate underwater talking. The kids eat it up!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
This book is essentially a series of wacky rhymes! One advantage to this is the fact that you can edit and shorten it as much as you need to in order to match the attention span of your audience, since you don’t really need to tie together a storyline. Since it’s all about rhyming, follow up with a rhyming activity. Make rhyming sandwiches, as in this activity, or use the same cards and have the children jump, clap, ring a bell, etc. when they hear a rhyming pair.
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
This is another perfect book for rhymers! Especially to help them focus on the sound, not the meaning since the rhyming pairs are all invented. Play a Wocket in the Pocket game afterward. Create a wocket by enlarging the illustration onto tagboard or simply drawing a face on a tongue depressor. It doesn’t have to be elaborate! Have one child, the seeker, close her eyes, while someone else hides the wocket by sitting on it. The seeker then asks a child, “Is there a wocket in your pocket?” If the guess is wrong, that child can give a clue as to where the wocket is. (“No, but it’s hiding by someone with pink shoes.”) Rhyming clues are even better. (“No, but it’s hiding near someone with pink moos.”) Take turns being the seeker and the hiders!
The Foot Book
Even as babies, my boys loved this book! Extend by painting with your feet! Use the same materials you would for finger painting, but use your toes (or entire feet) instead. Have children sit in a chair and paint on the paper on the floor, or roll out some big sheets of paper and let them run with painted feet! Have a wash bin and towels handy!
Next up: If I Ran the Zoo, And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, and Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
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