As an early reader, many of my childhood memories feature books. And many of these books are Dr Seuss books. And I know that the same is true of many of you. Whether you read them yourself, or your parents read them to you, Dr Seuss books were probably a large part of your childhood. So it makes sense that there is a Dr Seuss Day every year!
Held annually on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss Day is a holiday that celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel – otherwise known by the pen name by which he authored children’s books: Dr. Seuss.
Not only is it customary to read Dr Seuss books with your child on Dr Seuss day, but many schools and families have embraced the incredible craft opportunities that his books give us. We couldn’t resist and made our own truffula trees (from The Lorax).
Why Dr Seuss is great for young readers
It’s reasonably obvious that even the most reluctant of young readers will enjoy the wacky stories and crazy illustrations of the Dr Seuss books. But it is also the wonderful rhythm and rhyme in his stories that makes them fun for kids to read. And having fun will encourage them to read more!
Dr Seuss & My Family
My favourite Dr Seuss is the good old Green Eggs and Ham. While Lexi much prefers Wacky Wednesday. No matter which story we choose, Dr Seuss regularly brings us together for treasured quiet reading time together.
Since we had already cooked green eggs and ham, and I had let Lexi wear her clothes back to front, we decided to make the famed truffula trees from The Lorax in celebration of Dr Seuss day.
Dr Seuss Day Truffula Trees
This is a great craft because it is open to interpretation and allows kids to get creative, while pom-pom making is great for working on their fine motor control.
For this craft you will need:
Pom-pom maker template (DOWNLOAD HERE)
Wool in various colours
Sticks (send kids into the garden to gather some)
Low temperature glue gun (always use under supervision or, for younger kids, glue for them)
To make pom-poms:
Trace and cut out your pom-pom maker template from thick, stiff cardboard.
Stick the end of a ball of wool to the pom-pom winder with a piece of sticky tape.
Wrap the yarn loosely around the winder.
Keep wrapping until you are happy with the fullness (the more you wrap the fuller your pom-pom will be).
Tie a piece of wool around the middle of the wool. Pull it very tight, this will hold your pom-pom together.
Remove the sticky tape, then gently push the wool off the winder.
Cut the loops of the wool a few at a time. Keep going until all the loops are cut.
Fluff out your pom-pom.
To assemble truffula trees:
Paint the sticks in bright colours and allow to dry.
Once dry use your glue gun to glue pom-poms to the sticks.
Uses for Dr Seuss Day Truffula Trees
Truffula trees make a cute display in a clear, glass vase. Or if your child is like Lexi, they are fun to share with friends. They make a cute decoration on wrapped gifts too.
Our favourite is to use them for imaginative play. Get out your play-dough and a tray and create your own truffula forest. You’ll be amazed by the imaginative play that follows.
More Dr Seuss Day Ideas
For more Dr Seuss Day ideas visit We Are Teachers. They have an activity for each of your favourite Dr Seuss books!