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Dr. Seuss is colorful, exciting and funny. Reading is a wonderful thing to celebrate. So let’s celebrate Read Across America Day with some Dr. Seuss fun! It’s great to celebrate holidays and special days in daycare with kids.
There are so many fun preschool activities that can teach kids, and I love letting kids express their own creativity and Dr. Seuss activities for preschool can do just that.
The main reason to celebrate Dr. Seuss is to celebrate reading. Many people celebrate Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day in March. We just love celebrating reading any chance we get, so we get right into celebrating Dr. Seuss’ work.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
His books teach kindness, math, reading of course and trying new things. They teach about keeping things tidy, being aware of strangers and to try again and not give up. The books teach us that everyone deserves second chances and we should take care of the earth, pets and other things that need care.
Also, the books teach about remembering the true meaning of things, not to worry about what other people think, colors, and of course phonics and rhyming.
For awesome Dr. Seuss printable dot to dot sheets, click here. You get 10 different sheets!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
There are many other lessons Dr. Seuss’ work teaches, so many positive things. For our Dr. Seuss activities, we chose some natural ways to celebrate. Click here for more about the importance of reading to your kids.
Dr. Seuss party ideas
I asked every family to bring a Dr. Seuss book. If they didn’t have one, any book was great. This got the parents and families involved in our activities. Parents should be involved in what you teach any time you can involve them.
Another way we got them involved is by asking the kids to dress crazy. They could wear their clothes backwards, inside out, make a crazy hairdo, wear mismatched socks, or whatever they wanted to express themselves. Everyone had tons of fun doing that.
I have a t-shirt that says, I teach a thing or two at Little Sprouts. I love it and wore it on the celebration day.
Some of the parents even decided to come up with some fun themed treats to send with the kids. We had them for snack and it extended the celebration for the kids.
Click here to see more about parent involvement.
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”
Green eggs and ham activities for preschool
We wanted to do green eggs and ham, but we don’t do a lot of artificial colors at Little Sprouts, so we found a way to make them without food coloring. I decided to make scrambled eggs. I took the milk I would be using to mix into the eggs and heated it in the pan with some green powder.
Once the milk began to boil, I turned it off and let it sit for 30 minutes. It was kind of green, but I wanted more. A handful of spinach and the milk in the blender would have worked great too, but I was trying to use what I had on hand. I had a bag of frozen broccoli, so I tossed that in the blender with the infused milk and whirred it up. It turned out great. I mixed it into the eggs and scrambled them up.
I read Green Eggs and Ham to the kids and then served them the green eggs and ham for breakfast. They gobbled it up and were none the wiser that they were eating greens and broccoli. Click here to see more about hiding vegetables. I do it all the time.
It was a beautiful day, so we took our lunch outside and had a Dr. Seuss picnic. This is the same as a regular picnic, but it sounds even more fun!
Dr. Seuss art for preschool
I found this cool printable the kids could color on. There are tons of worksheets and crafts you can find on the internet if you’re interested in that. We colored this one and used goldfish crackers to count fishes. It’s great to bring math into your Dr. Seuss activities and we could also talk about colors.
We also found some fun Dr. Seuss images on the internet. I printed them out the day before and let the kids hang them around on the walls wherever they wanted to decorate for the event. They LOVE doing this and it’s simple for me too. I also don’t feel like we are wasting a lot of money or supplies that will go into a landfill somewhere. The kids can take the images home to enjoy for longer.
When it was time for reading all the books the kids brought, I had made everyone a pair of special reading glasses to wear out of pipe cleaners. I just bent them around and made up a glasses shape, nothing fancy and nothing complicated. I like to keep my special events simple so they don’t wear me out too much.
This thing 1 and thing 2 pencil craft is oodles of fun too!
Or try this Cat in the Hat Hat Craft!
The bulk of our Dr. Seuss activities was reading. We read before breakfast, after breakfast, after our other activities, before lunch, during lunch, after lunch and during snack. The kids brought a lot of books and I wanted to make sure to read them all. They LOVED when it was their turn to give me their book to read.
Put a little thought into doing a special reading event and you’ll have a wonderful time. The main key to making these days a success and not killing yourself is to keep them simple.
I didn’t buy any fancy plates or trinkets, but my kids had a blast. They don’t have to have anything complicated to feel special and have fun. They just love that you did something special for them. It’s all in your attitude toward it.
“And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
Everyone enjoys different things, so don’t forget when you’re planning things for the kids to do, do things you enjoy doing. Don’t beat yourself up if you see other people doing things you’re not. Just be you. That’s all the kids need!
“You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?”