We invite you to explore Dr. Seuss craft ideas and activities to accompany some of our favorite Dr. Suess stories and inspire the love of reading.
Kids undoubtedly enjoy crafts, working with their hands to make something new and creative. So much learning is done through arts and crafts and reading while feeding a child’s imagination. We have all grown to love so many Dr. Seuss books. Some of Dr. Seuss’s books are silly, some have interesting facts, and some are sweet, sending messages of kindness and acceptance. So many of these comical rhythmic stories have brought so much delight and opened many appetites for reading over the years.
Arts and Crafts for kids can be done indoors and made with scissors, glue, and paper. But taking the classroom outdoors opens a whole world of new exploration. For example, allowing the chance to hunt for different clouds and search for flowers and bugs encourages learning and investigating. We can also embark on creative snacks for kids; creating clever kids snacks opens the imagination for a tasty sensory opportunity that no belly should miss. All these activities are excellent ways to nurture or inspire students to love reading.
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Green Eggs and Ham
The fun classic of Sam-I-Am and Green eggs and ham is an excellent story to follow with a treat. Easy Dr. Seuss themed snacks of green eggs and ham snack with pretzels, chocolate, and an M&M’s, or a sugar cookie treat with frosting and green chocolates. Eating green eggs can be fun; these are likely to be the green eggs and ham everyone will be willing to try.
The Cat in the Hat
This well-known Dr. Seuss book is fun for kids of all ages. And the activities to follow are endless. From decorating hats and adding rhyming words, kids can take away quite a bit of fun from these books. With plenty of characters in The Cat in the Hat story, there are many creative ways to bring this book alive such as these handprint paint crafts of Thing one, Thing Two, Fish, and the Cat in the Hat himself.
Horton Hears a Who
A creative writing assignment is a great way to share this book’s message. Using the book’s famous line, “a person is a person no matter how small, so share a good deed that made you feel tall,” is a beautiful way to start the discussion on helping one another can make a difference. Or add a playful dynamic to the book with paper craft ideas creating elephant ear hats of construction paper that can be fun for kids to wear during storytime or while engaging in conversation to discuss the book.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Use sensory activities to create fun one fish two fish crafts. Handprint painting is always an easy craft idea making one hand red and one hand blue and placing little prints in a fishbowl drawing. These adorable handprints will look like two fish in a bowl. A tasty jello snack is another excellent sensory play option to incorporate into storytime, with One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, and Blue Fish gummies swimming on top. With fun rhymes and opposites, this story can be fun for kids of all ages.
Fox In Socks
Fox in Socks is an excellent read, with plenty of Dr. Seuss art projects to follow the story. For example, create a paper plate fox to use as a prop during storytime. Or allow kids’ imaginations to run wild when making a unique pair of paper socks.
This books encouraging message to speak up for those who can’t and that a minor thing can make a difference is a great message to share with children of all ages. Creating Truffulla Tree crafts and Lorax handprint crafts, paper plate projects, and clever Lorax jello snacks to share makes this a great book to read any time of the year. In addition, this book lends so many fun ways to prompt discussions following the story about helping the environment and speaking up for others.
The Cat in the Hat Learning Library Series
This science-based series continues with the classic Dr. Seuss rhymical stories with details of the solar system, explanations of how the body works, the anatomy of bugs, characteristics of dinosaurs, reptiles, and the weather. Below are some of the titles we enjoy reading.
Inside You Outside!
This fun fact-filled book Goes into the body to explain blood cells, digestion, and how the body works. This fascinating book introduces how our body functions—promoting healthy eating and hygiene and explaining the importance of getting enough sleep and staying active. Creating a human body model allows for a hands-on exploration of the human anatomy.
There’s No Place Like Space
This rhymical story is an adventure into space to learn a little about each planet in our solar system. This story shares specific characteristics of each world in our solar system. It even shares a fun way to remember the planets. Creating activities and book crafts to accompany this solar system book can only further nurture kids’ knowledge of space. For example, make planet fact cards using a picture of each planet for the students to color. Each planet card will feature characteristics of each planet in the solar system. These flashcards are a creative way for students to make a planet study guide.
On Beyond Bugs!
What makes an insect an insect, parts of an insect, what they eat, and how they survive, not to mention some fun facts about the various bug.
After reading the book, have students use their creativity to build bugs from recycled products or craft sticks to display in the class. On Beyond bugs is a great book to read as spring approaches and to accompany a springtime craft as bugs wander back into gardens as spring approaches.
Oh, Say Can You Say, What’s the Weather Today?: All About Weather
What a great way to learn about the weather. This book details different types of clouds and weather systems. Crafts and activities are a great way to apply what you learned in the book. Take the class outside for a cloud hunt using this fun activity to learn how to identify the clouds and which clouds bring rain, thunder, and lightning. Learning about the weather can be fun and creative, making paper clouds. Skies the limit when it comes to inventive weather crafts.
As we strive to spread the joy of reading, pick up your favorite book, discover new books, learn, and create new things. Let’s keep the light of reading glowing inside and outside the classroom.