Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Many school aged children across America today celebrated the life and works of Theodor Seuss Geisel.  March 3rd marks the 106th birthday of this great man who authored and illustrated some 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

So, in honor of Dr. Seuss and to share my love of reading with my own children, we celebrated in our homeschool, too!

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My children have a special place for Dr. Seuss.  My daughter was able to enjoy reading his books on her own to her baby brother just shortly after learning to read when he was an infant. With so many different characters and silly rhyming sentences it is no wonder that the books of Dr. Seuss have brought so much joy to children’s lives for so many years!

The day began with none other than Green Eggs and Ham . Although at the start Sam I am did not like green eggs and ham, not here or there, my children did like green eggs and ham!  They liked them here, there and everywhere. They especially liked them in a house!

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They did miss out on the ham though, since our family is observing the Lenten practices of abstaining from meat on Fridays. Nonetheless, they still enjoyed their green eggs for breakfast!

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Once breakfast was finished,

it was time to make some Oobleck.
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Mixing 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water,

we were able to create our own sticky, slimy green goo.

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Although we did not have to save our fair town from the sticky substance unlike Bartholomew and the Oobleck, it was good fun to see just how messy we could be! My daughter especially liked how the Oobleck changed from a solid to a liquid right in her hands.

Upon getting all cleaned up, it was time for some fun with a few games.

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 Are You My Mother? was read before diving into matching our toy animals to their mothers on our animal flash cards. My son was so thrilled to be able to complete this task on his own.

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Once all of the animals found their mothers, it was then time to see if we could match our left foot to our right foot.

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The Foot Book helped to tell us the difference between opposites before we set out to match shoes together to their mates.

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My little guy insisted that he complete this game himself, and was quite pleased when he was able to complete it quickly and correctly.

We then read There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! and proceeded to have a little fun with our memories. With a tray of various objects, we each were able to study the tray before having to turn around while the others removed one item and quietly hid it in a pocket.

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Upon turning back towards the tray, it was each players turn to notice what object was missing. There were lots of giggles as we had quite a time putting our memories to the test!

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Once our memories were tried, we then read Hop on Pop. With sidewalk chalk in hand, we headed outside where we were then able to Hop on Pop ourselves! Upon writing “POP” all up and down the driveway, we then hopped away!

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Hopping on pop for quite a while, we paused to read both The Alphabet Book
and Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. We then practiced writing our ABC’s with chalk. My little guy is just learning how to form his letters and loved this exercise since he was able to draw them as large as he wished!

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Upon returning inside, the children then continued on with their ABC’s by playing a game of Match It ABC’s.  The game is self correcting, so even my son was able to play along without my help while I prepared a simple lunch.

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Once lunch was all cleared away, we had a bit of fun with creating our own silly rhyming sentences just like Dr. Seuss. Playing a few rounds of DK Games: Silly Rhymes helped us to see just how fun and silly language can be.

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We then moved on to reading Ten Apples Up On Top!
and tried our hand at stacking apples.

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We were only able to stack them 3 high! Since we were not brave enough to try our hand at stacking the apples atop our own heads, (for fear of making applesauce!), we decided to draw self portraits and use cut apples and red finger paint to make apple prints on top instead!

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The children thought this was more fun than creating applesauce!

And of course, to end the day we just had to read The Cat in the Hat,

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and fashion our own Cat in the Hat Hats out of construction paper!

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Did you celebrate the life of Dr. Seuss today by sharing the joy of reading with your children? We’d love to hear it!

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One response to “Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

  1. What a wonderfully, creative idea! It looks like your children had a great time w/ all the fun activities.

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