Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss books – The Foot Book, Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, The Cat in The Hat

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss is well-known for writing fun, humorous, philosophical books that entertain at every age. His books are an excellent way to teach children about ethics and language with catchy rhymes, zany words, and silly pictures.

Although we would love to celebrate ALL of the Dr. Seuss books, with over 44 to choose from, we had to pick only a few for this post. We chose The Foot Book, Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, and The Cat in The Hat. 

We selected a few activities to do with your young readers. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep your child engaged after the story. So, we recommend that you only pick one or two activities listed.

Book and Activity Benefits: 

  • Listening Skill
  • Reading
  • Following Instructions
  • Rhyming words
  • Learning opposites
  • Learning Tongue Twisters
  • Cutting
  • Coloring

Bookmark

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Thing 1 and Thing 2 Bookmark

 Supplies needed
  • Cardstock or construction paper 2 X 9 inches in the color of your choice
  • Scrapbook paper or construction paper scraps for the kite tail bows – in colors of your choice
  • Blue, red and white yarn
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
Directions

Click here for instructions with pictures

  1. Cut a 2-inch X 9-inch piece of cardstock or construction paper in the color or colors of your choice.
  2. Cut a diamond shape approximately 1 ½ inches wide for the kite
  3. Cut 5 kite tail bows – (refer to how to cut bows in the instructions with pictures) if you do not want to make bows out of paper you may draw the bows on the kite tail with markers in different colors
  4. Glue the diamond shape onto the cardstock (glue it about 1/4th of the way down so there is room to attach the pom-poms later without the pom-poms covering up the kite)
  5. Draw crisscross marks on the kite body and a line at the bottom of the kite for the kite tail.
  6. Glue the kite tail bows on the kite tail.
  7. Make the pom-poms for the top of the bookmark – (refer to how to make a pompom in the instructions with pictures)
  8. Cut a 12-inch piece of white yarn, and red yarn put them together and tie a knot about 1/3 of the way up.
  9. Attach the red and white yarn to 1 of the pompoms
    • Take the knotted end, slip one of the yarn pieces under the blue yarn that you used to tie the pompom together
    • Take the other end of the yarn and tie a knot tightly to attach
    • Cut off any yarn ends. You will do the other side the same AFTER doing step 10.
  10. Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark and thread the yarn of the attached pom-pom through the hole.
  11. Attach the other pompom – per instructions above in step 9
  12. Tie a knot in the red and white yarn to secure the pompoms on to the bookmark- trim ends with excess yarn

Note *** I left my yarn ends long and short so that it would look messy like Thing 1 and Thing 2 hair. If you want to trim the ends so everything is even you can do that.

Craft

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                       Fox in Socks Paper Bag Puppet

Supplies needed

  • White copy paper
  • 1 Copy of the Fox in Socks Printable
  • 1 Brown paper bag
  • 2 Movable/googly eyes – any size you would like (This is optional.You can draw the eyes on if you wish.)
  • Colors
  • Glue or a glue stick
  • Scissors

Directions

Click here for instructions with pictures

  1. Print out a copy of the Fox in Socks printable on white copy paper
  2. Color the fox head, tail and the pair of socks any color you would like. Have fun with your coloring! I made mismatched socks on mine. * If you are going to draw your eyes on the fox head instead of using movable eyes, you will do this before you start to color the head. If you are using movable eyes glue the eyes on after coloring
  3. Cut out the head, tail, and socks.
  4. Put glue on the back side of the head, only on parts that will touch the paper bag flap. If you place glue all over the back, then your nose will stick the puppet mouth shut.  
  5. Glue the fox face on the paper bag flap.
  6. Glue the socks onto the bottom of the paper bag
  7. Glue the tail on the back side of the paper bag – Glue should be put on the front part of the tail on the part that will touch the paper bag.
  8. Let everything dry. After it is dry, your paper bag puppet is ready. Use him to help you read Dr. Seuss’s “Fox in Socks” tongue twisters.

Activity

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     Green Eggs and Ham Tic-Tac-Toe

Tic-Tac-Toe squares printable – print out on white cardstock

Tic-Tac-Toe playing pieces printable – print out on white cardstock and cut the pieces out on the dotted lines

How to play Tic-Tac-Toe

Objective: The goal of Green Eggs and Ham Tic-Tac-Toe is to be the first player to get three pictures in a row on a 3 x 3 grid of squares.

Gameplay:

  1. One player has the green eggs pieces, and the other player has the green ham pieces
  2. The player who is playing the green eggs pieces goes first
  3. Players alternate placing a green eggs piece, and green ham piece on the board until either one player has three in a row, horizontally, vertically, or diagonally; or all nine squares are filled
  4. If a player can place three of their playing pieces in a row, then that player wins
  5. If all nine squares are filled, and neither player has three in a row, the game is a “cats game (or cat-in-the hat game?),” and the next game starts.
  6. The winner of the game starts the next game

Food

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Foot Marshmallow Treat

We know a birthday celebration should have Birthday cake, but we wanted to honor the Foot book with something a little different. These yummy, foot-shaped Rice Krispie treats are an easy treat to make with your children.  The classic Rice Krispie Treat recipe is below. Enjoy!

Marshmallow treats – click here for a printable recipe with pictures.

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 40 large marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 5 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  1. Butter the bottom of a cake pan or a cookie sheet.
  2. Melt marshmallows and butter in a pan.
  3. Add Rice Krispies and stir until coated.
  4. Turn out onto a cake pan or cookie pan and spread the mixture out.
  5. Let cool 5 minutes.
  6. Cut with a foot-shaped cookie cutter ( I used this flip-flop shaped cookie cutter from Kato Baking Supplies on Etsy)   or shape cut squares into foot shapes.
  7. Add dots of icing for the toes.
  8. Enjoy your snack!