7 Fantastic Dr. Seuss Preschool Activities
All of my teacher friends know that my favorite children’s author of all time is Dr. Seuss! I love his illustrations and the messages that his books teach us. This post is all about Dr. Seuss preschool activities including; book reviews, printable worksheets and fun preschool activities in honor of Dr. Seuss!
Did you know?
Theodor (without an e) Seuss Geisel was his full name. He was the grandson of German immigrants and was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. His mother’s maiden name was Seuss. The true pronunciation of Seuss rhymes with “voice,” but Americans pronounced it “juice” and it stuck.
At one time, Dr. Seuss was in the advertising business and wrote and illustrated advertising campaigns for NBC, Ford Motor Company and others.
Dr. Seuss submitted his first manuscript to twenty-seven publishers which all rejected it. He was so upset that he planned to burn the book in the incinerator in his apartment. However, that same day he ran into a friend on Madison Avenue in NYC who worked as an editor in the children’s section of Vanguard Press. He showed his book to his friend and Dr. Seuss signed a contract with Vanguard Press that day! In 1937 “And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was published.
Dr. Seuss was later quoted saying “If I had been going down the other side of Madison Avenue, I’d be in the dry-cleaning business.”
I always like to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday in the classroom on March 2nd.
Dr. Seuss wrote at least forty-two books. What’s your favorite? Do you use his books in your classroom?
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite but the one that I enjoy reading the most out loud to kids is “Green Eggs and Ham!” It’s so much fun to have the kids finish the rhymes at the end of each paragraph!
Dr. Seuss Preschool Activities
1. Read the book “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and have multicolored fish crackers for snack.
2. Gather a variety of items from your classroom and use a sheet to create a Dr. Seuss “Cat in the Hat” photograph!
3. Make a “Cat in the Hat” healthy snack using kiwi, strawberries and bananas by layering the fruits starting with the kiwi as the bottom of the hat.
4. Read the book “Hop on Pop” and create an obstacle course for the kids so they can hop from one spot to another. Also, below is a FREE printable to go along with the book!
5. Read “Fox in Socks” and have the kids design their own “silly” sock puppet using markers, pompoms and other items in the classroom.
“Horton Hears A Who”
“The Lorax” is a story that is as relevant today as when it was published in 1972.
The story is one of concern for the environment and the carelessness of a character called the Once-ler. The Once-ler has chopped down the beautiful Truffula trees for their silky foliage to make an extremely versatile piece of clothing called a Thnead.
The Lorax tries to explain to the Once-ler that the Truffula trees are extremely important to the Bar-ba-loots ( characters in the story) because they use the tree’s fruit as food.
What ensues is a man with selfish ideas and plans of becoming a successful business man regardless of how his ideas will affect others. However, there are consequences to his behavior.
The Lorax “Speaks for the Trees” since they have no voice. It seems to me that we could use a Lorax to speak for the environment today in 2018.
Dr. Seuss has been a favorite author of mine since I read his stories to my children when they were young. His illustrations may sometimes be simple but, they depict images which allow us to use our imaginations. Silly rhymes with words which are sometimes fictitious invoke moments of teaching which allow playfulness and fun with colorful characters and interesting stories.