Dr. Seuss Day is March 2 2020 and it’s a great excuse to plan some fun activities. This year, March 2 falls on a Monday. As a teacher you can use the Friday before to plan a Dr. Seuss party. There are so many books to plan Dr. Seuss activities for kids. Choose one book or put everything together! Younger kids may benefit from a theme surrounding one story, while older kids may appreciate a more general theme. Before you start planning, here’s a brief overview of why Dr. Seuss is worth celebrating.
Who Was Dr. Seuss?
Born Theodor Seuss Geisal on March 2nd 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Seuss began his cartooning career while an undergraduate at Dartmoth College. He was the editor-in-chief of the college humor magazine Jack-O-Lantern where he first adopted the pen name Seuss. After briefly attending Oxford University in England, he returned to America to pursue a career in cartooning. While getting started, he worked a variety of different jobs including advertising and as a children’s book illustrator. During World War II, he made weekly politcal cartoon contributions to a liberal magazine.
Over his career he published over 60 books, but his start wasn’t easy. His first book, And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before its publication in 1937. His most famous book, The Cat in the Hat, emerged in 1956 after a request from Random House and Houghton Mifflin to write a book using only 220 vocabulary words. He blew critics away.
Other famous works produced by Dr. Seuss include Green Eggs and Ham (my personal favorite), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, among many others.
Although he never had children of his own, Dr. Seuss died in 1991 leaving behind many young fans. His work has gone on to become feature films and television programs and he goes on to be celebrated in classrooms every year on or around March 2nd.
When you start planning your Dr. Seuss day, you won’t be at a loss for ideas. When you scour the internet, you’ll find many different books, crafts, and even recipes. Every activity during your day will play homage to the Cat in the Hat creator. Keep reading for some fun activities to plan your day.
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Books and Corresponding Activities
Since spring is right around the corner, try reading some of these spring themed Dr. Seuss favorites.
This classic was ahead of it’s time with a “Go Green” message to kids. It also explores a theme that encourages children to stand up for what they believe in. Fun Fact: Click here to find out why The Lorax was once banned.
Craft: Truffula Trees by aboutamom.com
Craft: The Lorax Puppet by therelaxedhomeschool.com
Snack: The Lorax Oranges by kindergarten.hellopeople.site
Activity: Lorax Day Slime by littlebinsforlittlehands.com
Movie: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
The book that started it all, And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, revolves around Marco taking a leisurely walk and seeing a variety of strange things. Read it before or after taking a walk yourselves to keep up with the theme.
Activity: Create-A-Creature by thatbaldchick.com
The classic book of opposites by Dr. Seuss. Since the weather will be warming up soon, you’ll be seeing a lot more little toes which makes this book a great one to read at the beginning of spring time. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of activity suggestions to accompany The Foot Book.
Activity: Feet Sensory Play by littlebinsforlittlehands.com
Craft: Flip Flop Puppets by kidsactivitiesblog.com
Hope you have a blast on your upcoming Dr. Seuss day. If you want, spread the activities out over an entire week!