March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. Many of us will be planning fun Dr. Seuss themed literacy activities, writing projects, science explorations, sensory fun and more to celebrate throughout the week.
I’ve put together a 5 day Dr. Seuss unit to use with preschoolers. You can also adapt many of the Dr. Seuss Activities to work with toddlers, kindergarteners, and early elementary students. It’s full of books, literacy ideas, sensory fun, cooking and more. Whether you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, homeschooler or librarian, you will find lots of things to use.
You can do the whole five days of fun or pick and choose to fit your needs. There are lots of ideas that could be used for a special play date too.
DR. SEUSS ACTIVITIES- 5 DAY PLAN
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DAY 1 ACTIVITIES: ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH
READ-ALOUD: Read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
LITERACY ACTIVITY: Play Red Fish Blue Fish Matching with letters of the alphabet or sight words. You could also try the letter dot fish sheet to work on letter identification. The matching game requires a little bit of prep and the dot fish sheet is ready to print and play. Just make sure you have dot markers.
MATH ACTIVITY: Sort goldfish by color and practice counting up to 20 with these free printables (from Totschooling) and goldfish crackers.
SENSORY ACTIVITY: Create a fishing sensory bin (from This Mama Loves).
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITY: Work on pre-writing or writing skills with this sensory writing tray. Squirt plain shaving cream onto a cookie sheet and mix in a few drops of blue food coloring. Smooth out with a rubber spatula and have your child write lines or letters in “the sea.” Smooth with the spatula and repeat.
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITY: Play Fish Balance (see #2 from Toddler Approved).
DAY 2 ACTIVITIES: GREEN EGGS AND HAM
READ-ALOUD: Read Green Eggs and Ham.
LITERACY ACTIVITY: Play a rhyming game. Try to think of as many words (real and silly) that rhyme with ham. Then move onto green and eggs.
MATH ACTIVITY: Fill the eggs with the right number of yolks in this math activity (from PreK Busy Bees).
SCIENCE ACTIVITY: Taste test green foods and then use a decision sheet (from B-Inspired Mama) to help categorize the foods the kids like or don’t like.
SENSORY ACTIVITY: Time for slime! Let the kids explore green eggs slime (from Laly Mom).
TECHNOLOGY ACTIVITY: Let the kids watch and listen to Tim Tebow read Green Eggs and Ham.
DAY 3 ACTIVITIES: THE CAT IN THE HAT
READ-ALOUD: Read The Cat in the Hat.
LITERACY ACTIVITY: Build Cat in the Hat word families (from I Can Teach My Child) with older preschoolers. You could also adapt it and use letters of the alphabet to work on letter identification. Or, make Cat in the Hat name puzzles (from Still Playing School).
MATH ACTIVITY: Work on patterning with this Lego activity (from Little Bins for Little Hands).
SENSORY ACTIVITY: Set up this sensory bin (from 3 Princesses and 1 Duke) which also builds fine motor and math skills.
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITY: Use most of the materials from the sensory activity above to work on building more fine motor skills (from The Pleasantest Thing).
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITY: Round out the day with Cat in the Hat inspired yoga (from Sugar Spice and Glitter).
COOKING ACTIVITY: Make green eggs and ham and Cat in the Hash Browns for breakfast. The kids can help with layering the hats which works on patterning some more. During breakfast would be a great time to do your read-aloud for the day.
DAY 4 ACTIVITIES: THERE’S A WOCKET IN MY POCKET
READ-ALOUD: Read There’s a Wocket in my Pocket.
LITERACY ACTIVITY: Make rhyming books with this free silly book printable.
MATH ACTIVITY: Play this number pocket game (from Toddler Approved) to work on number recognition.
ART ACTIVITY: Make Wockets to fit in pockets. See directions below in the fine motor activity link.
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITY: Sew on a pocket (from Mom With a Lesson Plan) to build fine motor skills and then put their decorated Wockets inside (see above in art activity).
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITY: Have fun with this rhyming scavenger hunt (from This Reading Mama).
DAY 5 ACTIVITIES: GREAT DAY FOR UP
READ-ALOUD: Read Great Day for Up.
LITERACY ACTIVITY: Find “up”. The word up is repeated over and over again in Great Day for Up. Let your child use highlighting tape or a pointer to find each “up” in the book.
MATH ACTIVITY: Jump “up” as you practice counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s or 10’s.
BUILDING ACTIVITY: Build towers up with this idea (from Teach Preschool).
ART ACTIVITY: Have the kids draw above their heads. Tape paper underneath a table. Have the kids lie on the floor and uses markers or crayons to draw a picture “up” above them. It’s a great way to gain a new perspective!
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITY: Get the kids moving with this Great Day for Up reading game. You just need balloons and a permanent marker.
I hope your week will be filled with Dr. Seuss fun. I’ll be sharing pictures of our week on Instagram, so be sure to follow along.
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