Dr Seuss would have been 110 on March 2nd. The week leading up to it was a very exciting week at the library as we celebrated SeussWeek – a week dedicated to the books of Dr Seuss. Every session of Storytime at Cockburn libraries did something different and we simply couldn’t decide what we liked the most. So this Storytime post is going to be a collection of everything Seuss that we did.
There are so many book to choose from and everyone has different ones they love. The ones I will be talking about are: Green Eggs and Ham, Wocket in my Pocket, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, Fox in Socks, Ten Apples Up On Top, and I Wish I Had Duck Feet.
Can you write a book with exactly fifty different words and have it be one of the most popular books in history? Dr Seuss can! A lesson in trying things before we judge them as well as being full of word repetition (great for newly independent readers) and rhyming (fun to read aloud and an important skill in spelling). Green Eggs and Ham is also great fun for everyone.
Rather than a craft for this book we have a whiteboard/felt board activity. Chantelle used a felt board to do the same thing but we also have this PDF which covers all of the part of this colour matching game. The purpose is to read the rhyme, with a different coloured oval each time, and match the eggs to that colour. We freely admit that this idea was borrowed from here.
The PDF for download if you would like to use it yourself.
Full of nonsense words paired in rhyme with place words this book is a both a chance to predict what’s coming (a comprehension skill) and great fun to read. Use the text as a guessing game, this book links words to pictures in a very clear way which is one of the reading strategies taught to children. This is excellent practice.
Chantelle did this book at Success and then the children were given a range of craft supplies to make their own amazing creatures.
The main character can read with his eyes shut, upside down, in red, or even pickle colour. In this book Dr Seuss encourages children to enjoy reading as much as possible. The more children love reading before they get to school the more they are going to value it when they begin to read for themselves.
Using a pipe cleaner twist it into a figure 8 and then twist the ends around themselves to hold it into place.
Cut another pipe cleaner in half.
With one of them twist the very end around the top of the figure eight
and use the other half on the end.
You will be left with a pair of pipe cleaner glasses.
You can glue a piece of cellophane to each eye hole and then you too can read in red or blue, yellow or pickle colour.
Fox in Socks is a lovely trip through tongue twisting rhymes. This is one of my absolute favourite books to read aloud even though it always makes me stumble. Homophones appear throughout this book as well and it’s great fun to read but not for the faint of heart.
Using a brown paper bag and the template you can create a fox puppet.
The tongue goes below the flap at the bottom of the bag and the face on top. The the fox needs a couple of socks which can be made using the template or, as we did, with some different pieces of paper to make bright socks.
How many apples can you put up on top? I can do three, you can do five, Dr Seuss’ lion can do ten. This book mixes counting and placement and is an excellent way to encourage your children to count in a fun way.
Using fishing line, twine, or wool you can thread cheerios (like Karen did at Success Storytime) or beads – anything that will string. You can create strings with different numbers to practice the fundamental skills of counting.
Maybe you can even make a necklace or bracelet with beads to wear that has you can count again later.
Drawing the shape of duck feet onto some paper you cut out two feet, you can colour it in, stick a collage of tissue paper on top or cut it out on yellow, orange, or brown card.
Then two holes need to be punched and with some string or ribbon around the back of the ankle, threaded through the holes and then tied off on top to keep them on.
If you have a favourite Dr Seuss book or activity to do with one? We would love to hear about it.