Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly referred to as Dr. Seuss, spent decades writing and illustrating books for children. If you want to introduce your pre-K class to a few of Dr. Seuss’ books, you have 44 to choose from and can pair them with several attention-grabbing activities. Whether you are celebrating Seuss’ birthday on March 2 or simply working on literacy, your students are bound to have a blast when this doctor comes around.
Introduce your preschool class to the book “If I Ran a Zoo.” After you have finished reading, hand each child a large piece of construction paper and a handful of crayons. Ask the kids to draw pictures of what they would do if they ran a zoo. Allow the kids to take turns telling the class about their picture when everyone is done creating their masterpiece.
Read “Green Eggs and Ham,” and then whip up a batch with your class. Let each child crack an egg into a large mixing bowl. Pick out any eggshells before you add a little milk to make the egg dish fluffy and a few drops of blue food coloring to make those yellow eggs green. Add little cubes of ham, beat the mixture and cook in a large skillet. If you have a stuffed fox, duck or mouse to bring to the table while you all eat, even better.
Get your class excited about fish with “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Read this Dr. Seuss book and follow it with a fishing game. Cut several red fish and blue fish shapes out of construction paper. Attach a one-half inch square of sticky-backed magnet strip on the back of each fish. Make a fishing pole out of a long dowel or stick, string and a paper clip or magnet at the end of the string. Give each student a chance to fish for one red fish and one blue one.
Let Dr. Seuss’ “Foot Book” help your class with a counting and sorting activity. Ask the kids to wear colorful, mismatched socks on a designated day. Have circle time shoe-free on a square or rectangle carpet, if possible. After reading the story, count how many feet there are in the class. Then point to one corner and have the kids with blue socks stand in that corner. Designate another color or pattern for the other corners. Multicolored socks can go in any category that fits. Count how many feet are in each group.
Items you will need
- “If I Ran a Zoo” book
- Construction paper
- Markers or crayons
- “Green Eggs and Ham” book
- Eggs (1 per child)
- Blue food coloring
- Electric frying pan
- “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” book
- Red and blue construction paper
- Sticky-backed magnet strips
- Paper clips
- “Foot Book” book
- Before serving any food, check with parents about food allergies.
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