Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss - March 2
Dr. Seuss's birthday is the most widely celebrated birthday of a children's author which makes for a busy time of year for me! In the past I have celebrated with my family and with you, my readers. This year would be a little different. In addition to my family's celebration, I would be celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with families at public events and local elementary schools.
I had some studying to do. Which books would I read? What activities would I do?
|I spent many late nights preparing activities and brushing up on my Seussian tongue-twisters.|
|All the events I was scheduled to read at were held before Dr. Seuss's birthday. Therefore, I thought it would be fun for each child to make a Yertle the Turtle Countdown to Dr. Seuss's Birthday. I cut out over 100 blue circles which I cut in half to make turtle shells. Then, I glued the turtle shells on pieces of white construction paper.|
|I had containers of crayons and markers for each small group of children. These were the only supplies they needed because I did all the cutting and gluing. I suggested to the families that they tape the countdown to their refrigerators at home.|
|The kids loved listening to Yertle the Turtle. They loved Mack, the turtle that burped and sent the tower of turtles crashing down.|
One of my favorite parts of What Was I Scared Of? is when the little Seussian character has to run an errand to get spinach in Grin-itch and the pale green pants ride past on a bicycle. My family grew Grin-itch Spinach last year and I thought this would be a great activity for the families attending the events to do together at home.
|That's a lot of Grin-itch Spinach!|
|The reason I love What Was I Scared Of? so much is because of the pale green pants with nobody inside them. I highly recommend making your own pale-green-pants puppet if you are going to read this book to a large group of children.|
|The pants-puppet allowed me to interact with the pants as I read which really brought the story to life.|
|I was lucky enough to acquire a Cat in the Hat costume which was a big hit too!|
If you need ideas for your celebrations, please check out my Dr. Seuss Reading Experience which has been downloaded over 2,000 times on Teachers Pay Teachers! I have appreciated all the kind comments from teachers that have downloaded it!
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