Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Fun

Hey There Love Bug!

Each year on March 2nd, my students and I celebrate the birth of Theodore Seuss Geisel, known to most as Dr. Seuss.  We learn all about his life and the struggles and accomplishments he made throughout the way.  This day is filled with lots of fun learning lessons and activities that always puts a smile on my students faces.  Here are ten ideas/activities you can do to participate in Dr. Seuss’ birthday whether you’re a teacher or just having fun with your little love bugs at home!

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10. Read!

Dr. Seuss was known for his beloved stories, so it’s not surprising that we read his books all day long.  With so many to choose from, you will have plenty of choices to read from and enjoy exposing children to his literature.  I personally enjoy listening to the books on iTunes with the kids (since they’re so used to hearing my voice all the time).  You can access several ‘read aloud’ Dr. Seuss books for free on Youtube if you don’t have time to go to the library and check out hard copies!

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9. Green Eggs and Ham

Making green eggs and ham every year is one of my favorite things ever.  I love the reaction of the kids before and after they try it.  All you need is eggs, ham, green food coloring, olive oil, and a little bit of salt.  I crack and scramble the eggs in a bowl and add a pinch of salt and a few drops of food coloring.  The food coloring is potent so 1-2 drops goes a long way.  Then, I grease my pan with a teeny bit of olive oil and toss in the small chunks of ham to cook a little bit.  Then, I add the eggs, and cook until dry.  That’s it!  We read the book while we enjoy our concoction!

8. Funky Attire

We know that Dr. Seuss’ books can be quite silly, so why not match your clothes with his style of writing?  I love to wear Dr. Seuss themed clothes and accessories for this day (as you can see in the picture by my bulletin board).  My students love dressing up and I have to say, this is one of their favorite events they look forward to changing their wardrobe for!

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7. Moose Juice & Goose Juice

In Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book, children learn how many different creatures go to sleep.  The moose drinks moose juice and the goose drinks goose juice.  Since the drinks are orange and green in the story, I decided to come up with my own recipe for my kiddies to enjoy their very own moose and goose juice.  For the moose juice, I used a half gallon of orange Hawaiian Punch mixed with 1 liter of sprite.  for the goose juice, I used green Hawaiian Punch mixed with half a gallon of apple juice.  I topped each one off with a tiny scoop of rainbow sherbet ( just for added fun and silliness).  The kids love it!  The funky flavors of the drinks always put a smile on their faces.

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6. Cat in the Hat Cupcake Toppers

These definitely take some time to complete, and they can get messy, but the kids love it. Click here to check out how to make the cutest toppers for your cupcakes.  While they may not be exactly perfect in my pictures, you can take time to make them perfect with a steady hand.

5. Brain Pop Jr.

Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. are awesome website where kids can watch a plethora of videos on various subjects.  Luckily, Brain Pop Jr. has an awesome biography just for kids on Dr. Seuss.  It’s a great way to introduce his life before getting into the fun activities you will have planned for the day.

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4. Seuss Soup

This is by far my favorite part of the day!  I love making Seuss soup and snacking on it while watching Dr. Seuss films.  Everyone makes Seuss soup a little differently, but this is the recipe I (personally) like because the flavors mix nicely (believe it or not).  I also use the entire package of all of these snacks due to the fact that I have 25 students to feed, but you can of course, tweak it to your needs.  Here are the ingredients in Seuss Soup:

  • Cheerios (Oh, The Places You’ll Go)
  • Swedish Fish & Gold fish Crackers (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish)
  • Popcorn (Hop on Pop)
  • M&Ms (My Many Colored Days)
  • Animal Crackers (If I Ran a Zoo)
  • Captain Crunch Just Berries Cereal (Truffula tree seeds from The Lorax)

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3. Dr. Seuss Films

Many of Dr. Seuss’ beloved stories have been turned into films.  A great way to teach compare and contrast within two different forms of media (which is one of the common core standards) is by reading and watching a correlating story.  I use a Venn Diagram in my class with movies and books for The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who.  This can be done at home or at school!

2. Seussville.com

I use Seussvile.com to get tons of ideas and concepts to use each year in my classroom for Seuss related activities.  While this website offers tons of fun games and character biographies for kids, it also provides teachers and parents with lesson plans and higher order questions for various Seuss stories.

1. Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure

If you REALLY want to get into the Seuss spirit, check out Seuss Landing, the official land of all things Dr. Seuss, at Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort.  This magical land will literally take you into the world of Dr. Seuss’ beloved stories and characters.  There are rides, character meet and greets, and several attractions to check out that kids will love!

Do you have any questions?  Don’t be shy, comment below!

XO, NAT

Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

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