Dr. Seuss is one of the world's most celebrated children's authors and illustrators. Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss' real name, wrote more than 40 books that have been translated into 15 languages. Every year on March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday, children all over the world celebrate Dr. Seuss' quirky and imaginative stories with a Dr. Seuss Day celebration. Create your own original celebration with costumes, food, games and crafts inspired by the one and only Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss Dress-Up
Start off Dr. Seuss Day by dressing up like one of his many storybook characters. Purchase a costume or create your own homemade version. With a black sweat suit, white gloves, a red tie and an extra tall striped top hat you will instantly emulate what is probably Dr. Seuss' most famous character, the Cat in the Hat. For a duo, dress up as Thing One and Thing Two with red sweat suits, blue wigs and round signs on the belly marking each person "Thing One" and "Thing Two." Little girls will enjoy dressing up like The Grinch's Cindy Lou Who with a Christmas dress, stockings and long ponytails that stick up in the air.
Dr. Seuss-Inspired Food
Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with food inspired by some of the wacky and silly stories he created. Reflect on the story "Green Eggs and Ham" by making deviled eggs with green yolks; simply add green food coloring to the yolk mixture of any regular recipe. Serve the eggs with slices of ham. Reflect on the story "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" by serving red Swedish fish in bowls of blue gelatin or make a "Pink Yink Ink" drink with frozen berries, yogurt and ice; serve the drink in a tall glass with an extra long straw. For dessert whip up cupcakes and top them with frosting and an airy piece of cotton candy to make it look like Thing One and Thing Two hair.
Arts and Crafts
Kids will enjoy making a craft inspired by Dr. Seuss. Make "One Fish, Two Fish" fish bowls and different-colored fish with construction paper, then place plastic wrap over the fish bowl to create the look of water. Make your own Cat in the Hat hat by cutting large strips of red and white paper and gluing or stapling them together to create a tall top hat. Kids will enjoy making their own Lorax trees with pipe cleaners and large pompoms. Using inspiration from the "Foot Book," there are plenty of foot-themed activities to consider, including footprint tracings and painted footprints on paper, an apron or a T-shirt.
If you haven't filled up your Dr. Seuss Day yet, there are more activities you can do to make the celebration even more fun. Play a game of pin-the-eggs-and-ham-on-the-plate. Similar to the donkey version, hang up a picture of a plate on the wall, then blindfold each player and see who can pin a paper eggs and ham closest to the plate. Use construction paper to create the plate, eggs and ham. If you are a teacher, have each child bring in his favorite Dr. Seuss book on the day of the celebration to share with classmates. Play music from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to create a festive mood or play a movie that has been adapted from one of Dr. Seuss' books, including "The Cat in the Hat" and "Horton Hears a Who."