March 2 is a day for celebration. It is Dr. Seuss’ birthday (He would be 113 this year!) and Read Across America Day. In celebration of the day and the 44 books Dr. Seuss has written, I have put together 5 toddler-friendly activities paired with a Dr. Seuss book for each day of the week.
Monday: Start the week by reading a Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham. I love that Dr. Seuss wrote this book on a bet that he couldn’t write a book with fifty or fewer distinct words.
Then, make a tasty breakfast of green eggs and ham. In lieu of food coloring, check out the blog Family Food on the Table, for an all natural way to turn the eggs green.
Tuesday: Read Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? and model the sounds found throughout the book for your child to imitate. We used wrapping paper tubes, while reading the book, to amplify the sounds. The amplification made the sounds that much sillier.
Wednesday: Be sure to read Wacky Wednesday and then dress in wacky clothes in honor of Dr. Seuss and this book. Wacky Wednesday provides your child with the opportunity to talk about what is wrong in pictures. The task of discovering errors in pictures allows your child to demonstrate the ability to link visual and cognitive skills. Give your child time to inspect the pictures in the book and see if she can come up with any of the errors on her own. Some of the illustrations are so silly that it’s hard to miss!
Thursday: This year Dr. Seuss’ birthday falls on Thursday. What better way to celebrate his birthday than to play in Oobleck. Oobleck is a mixture of corn starch and water that exhibits non-Newtonian properties. This substance was named after the substance found in Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck. While this story is a bit over my daughter’s head right now, we love playing in various forms of Oobleck (just check out our Instagram account), and we love that this substance was named after the substance in Dr. Seuss’ book.
Friday: The activity of painting with our feet was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Foot Book. This Wacky Book for Opposites is full of language concepts to describe what feet can do, how feet can feel, and how feet can look. When painting with feet, pull from the concepts in the book to talk about your child’s feet. Ex: “We are painting with your left foot,” “Your foot is wet,” or “I have big feet and you have small feet.”