Dr. Seuss authored children’s 44 books, and because kids love his silly stories and zany characters, his books make a good starting-off point for fun, educational activities. This list contains ideas to use with several of Dr. Seuss’ books. You’ll find craft projects, game suggestions and printable pages that go along with the books “Green Eggs and Ham,” “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” and “The Foot Book.”
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904. He passed away in 1991. Read Across America is a special event held each year around Dr. Seuss’ birthday in honor of the children’s book legacy he left behind; the goal of the day is to encourage adults and children to read together in order to help kids develop a love for books.
At any time of year, Dr. Seuss’ books are an entertaining read. If your child enjoys his stories, follow the books up with a few of these activities, which, in addition to promoting the development of early childhood skills, are a fun way for parents and kids to spend quality time together.
‘Green Eggs and Ham’ drawings
Even though the character in “Green Eggs and Ham” finds out that he does, indeed, like green eggs and ham, most kids have a few foods that they simply do not care to eat. Ask kids to draw a picture of a food they can’t stand, and caption the drawing, “I do not like… I do not like them, Sam-I-Am!” Perhaps the “Green Eggs and Ham” character’s change of heart will motivate your child to give his hated food one more try.
‘The Foot Book’
“The Foot Book” is all about feet, so after reading the book, trace your child’s feet, with or without shoes, on a sheet of paper. Your child can decorate the outlines with crayons, markers, stickers or other craft supplies.
A fun game that goes along with this book is “Yoo Hoo! Whose Shoe?” You’ll need a group of children to play this game. Children sit in a circle, and each kid puts one shoe in the middle. One child picks up someone else’s shoe and asks, “Yoo hoo! Whose shoe?” The owner claims his shoe and gets to be the next person to pick up a shoe.
‘Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?’
2 Teaching Mommies has a free, printable Dr. Seuss unit that includes a roll-and-graph activity for “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?” Children roll a die and fill in a graph to record how many times each sound was rolled.
This book also pairs well with a listening activity. Fill plastic eggs or film canisters with small objects, such as coins, popcorn kernels, paper clips or puzzle pieces. Shake the containers, so your child can guess what item is making each sound.
‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish’
Oopsey Daisy offers a free Goldfish Graphing page that you can print for your students. After reading “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” give your child a pile of colored Goldfish snack crackers. Children can sort their fish onto the worksheet by colors, then eat the crackers.
This book mentions many opposites, so play an opposite game to go along with this story. Name a word, and your child can tell you its opposite. It’s even more fun if children act out each word.
‘Green Eggs and Ham’ craft
Children will enjoy making their own plate of pretend food to go along with “Green Eggs and Ham.” Cut a ham steak shape out of green construction paper or craft foam, and glue it to a paper plate. Drop a glob of white glue next to the ham, and add a green pom pom for the egg yolk.