6+ Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss
It’s almost summer, and you may be looking for creative ways to keep your young readers entertained — and engaged — during those long, lazy days. Dr. Seuss to the rescue!
With the release of Dr. Seuss’s 100 First Words on May 8 and the launch of the first-ever Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge on May 29 (see below for more info), it’s the perfect time to gather your favorite Seuss classics and have some Horton-sized fun in your library. Green eggs and ham, anyone?
Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge
Join Random House and Dr. Seuss in their goal: 20 million words read by kids everywhere this summer! The program begins on May 29, 2018 and runs through July 31. Participants will log words read on Seussville.com, with the chance to win “super-dee-dooper” prizes. For more information, go to Seussville.com.
Welcome to Seussville
The official Dr. Seuss website is a treasure trove of everything Seuss. Here you can meet the entire family of Seuss characters, from beloved favorites like the Cat in the Hat to lesser-known characters like Bippo No-Bungus. You’ll also find character-related activity ideas; learn ways to incorporate Seuss into your lessons and activities throughout the year; play games that keep kids laughing and learning; find resources to offer to parents; and much more.
Set the Scene
Create a colorful bulletin board with a fun Seuss reading theme:
- Title your bulletin board, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go … with Books!” Cut out balloon shapes in pastel colors, and write the titles of favorite children’s books on them.
- Put Upstart’s Reading Is Our Thing Poster in the middle of your board. Decorate with colorful streamers and Seuss book covers.
Dr. Seuss Is Our Thing!
Bring the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss into your library with posters, bookmarks, incentives and more!
Dr. Seuss Photo Booth
Get youngsters (and adults!) excited about reading with a Seuss-tastic photo booth.
- Get whimsical with blue curtains or a blue tablecloth, along with pool noodles and colorful napkins to create truffala trees.
- Design simple, colorful frames by using foam board and spray paint. These work well in front of a plain backdrop, such as a solid-colored shower curtain.
- Use balloons and streamers in the color scheme of your favorite Seuss book, such as red, white and blue for The Cat in the Hat or pastels for Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
- Display copies of some favorite Seuss books.
- Choose from Upstart’s Seuss posters and hang them as a backdrop for your booth. Add the Reading Is Our Thing Stand-up Display for extra fun.
Your photo booth will need plenty of fun props; Seussville.com offers a template for Lorax mustaches here, as well as free props that can be printed and attached to cardboard or sticks. Or, encourage patrons to make their own props at your:
Cat in the Hat Craft Corner
Create a passive programming corner that parents and kids can use at their leisure. Provide an assortment of crayons, colored pencils and markers, along with scissors, glue and a stapler, and hang up a sign with instructions on how to use the craft corner. Include instructions and printouts for specific projects. Here are a few ideas to get the crafty wheels turning:
- Provide red and white construction paper and paper plates for making Cat in the Hat hats.
- Encourage kids and parents to make Horton elephant ears
- Provide yellow, green, blue and red construction paper. Have kids trace their hands and cut them out. Then, they can draw fish faces on them, attach them to a colorful background and label them (with a parent’s help) “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.” Find this and other fishy crafts here.
- Provide copies of some of the free printables on Seussville.com for coloring fun.
You can also leave Dr. Seuss bookmarks from Upstart at the craft corner for kids to take home.
Invite parents and kids to a Seuss puppet party to make their own Cat in the Hat and/or Thing 1 and Thing 2 puppet crafts, using plastic spoons or craft sticks. While the crafts are drying, read a couple of favorite Seuss books aloud and serve Seuss snacks, such as Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs, green eggs and ham made from pretzels and white chocolate, or Truffala Tree treats made from Trix cereal and marshmallows. Then, have kids put on their own puppet show!
These are only a handful of the limitless ideas inspired by Dr. Seuss. For more inspiration, check out Upstart’s Dr. Seuss Pinterest board.
What Seuss activities have you tried at your library that were a big hit with your young readers? Share your ideas with us on Twitter @demco.
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