Dr. Seuss Birthday Activities and Fun

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss Did You Know?

1. Theodore “Ted” Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts, “Seuss” was also his mother’s maiden name.

2. Dr. Seuss’ editor Bennett Cerf bet him he couldn’t write a book using 50 or fewer words. The result is 1960’s “Green Eggs and Ham.”

3.  Dr. Seuss has an even bigger impact on pop culture than you might think. The first recorded instance of the word “nerd” is in Seuss’ ‘If I Ran the Zoo’ published in 1950.

Let's Celebrate

Let's draw Cat In the Hat! Follow these visual cues to draw the Cat! Too many steps or too difficult? Try this fun Cat In the Hat craft.

Paper plates, tissue paper or construction paper, and crayons is all you need to make this fun Cat In The Hat craft. 

1. Color the outside of the paper plate black and draw a face in the middle. 

2. Work on pattern copying while making his hat.  Use red tissue paper, rip into small pieces and crumple to promote hand skills.  Or you can color every other stripe red and white or practice cutting and cut stripes of red and white paper then glue to a hat shape. 

Hop-Pop, Cat-Hat Group Activity

Rhyming is the key to Dr. Seuss books! Tape pieces of paper on the floor, on  the paper/tape write words (hat, cat, hop, pop, hit, sit, lap, tap, dog, log, tin, pin).  You can use one set of rhyming words or too make the activity a little more interesting, add multiple rhyming words.

-Pair up in teams of two.

- Now one team member has to pick a word and the other has to find the rhyming word.  The team member standing on the word can call out the word and try to help their partner. 

- Teams take turns finding a match until all words are gone. 

- Once all the words are used by the students in your group, ask one student to switch their spot.  Now there partner has to find the matching rhyme word and move to it. 

- A different way to play- give each team a word- When you say go they have to move toward the word and it's rhyming word- Who can get there first?

Team work, socialization, and motor skills.  If finding rhyming words is too difficult, use upper case and lower case letters instead.  Work on math skills, with equations written on one card and the answer on another.  So 4-2 is on one card and your teammate has to find the answer, 2 and stand on it. 

Add animal walks, hopping, or jumping to you cards instead of walking!

Compiled by Lisa Walker OTR