During March, we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Because of the impact he has had on young readers, his birthday on March 2nd has been named National Read Across America Day. While reading celebrations are held in schools and libraries across the country on that day, the celebrations don’t have to stop there. During the entire month of March, there are Dr. Seuss birthday activities you can take part in with your children. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” with your child with ideas like these!
Read Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Books
It’s only natural that you’ll want to read Dr. Seuss books to celebrate his birthday month. With so many titles to choose from it can be hard to pick just one. Here are some ideas broken down by age group:
Best Dr. Seuss Books for Toddlers
For the littlest readers, short, simple books are best. This will keep them engaged and help to teach them new things.
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
- The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites
- The Nose Book
- Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr. Seuss’s book of Wonderful Noises
- Happy Birthday to You!
- The ABC Book
Best Dr. Seuss Books for Preschoolers
Preschoolers can usually sit through longer, more story-based books. For this group, you’ll want to try one of these:
- Cat in the Hat
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Fox in Socks
- There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
- I Can Read with My Eyes Shut
Many parents have some of these favorites at home. But, if you don’t, your local library will surely have them on hand.
Dress Like a Dr. Seuss Character
Dr. Seuss sure has some wacky characters. So, why not let your child dress up as one when you’re looking for Dr. Seuss birthday activities? The Cat in the Hat is a classic, but don’t forget Thing 1 and Thing 2. There’s also Cindy Lou Who (doing that hair is going to take a team though!), and even Yertle the Turtle. There are so many possibilities when you start looking through the books and examining the various characters. You can even make it a family affair and dress up yourself! Your kids will surely love to see mom or dad in disguise as a Dr. Seuss character!
Dr. Seuss Movie Night
Many of the Dr. Seuss books have been made into popular movies. Have a family movie night this month and watch one of the classics. These are some of the Dr. Seuss books that are also in movie form:
- The Cat in the Hat
- The Lorax
- Horton Hears a Who
- The Grinch
Grab some popcorn and snacks and settle in for a movie that the entire family will enjoy.
Eat Like a Dr. Seuss Character
Have you ever tried eating like a Dr. Seuss character? Maybe you can whip something up to go along with your movie night? These are some ideas to get things cookin’ when you’re looking for Dr. Seuss birthday activities
Green Eggs and Ham
This is a classic! Add a bit of chopped spinach or even some green food coloring to scrambled eggs. Pair it with a breakfast ham and your Sam I Am will be ready for the day.
This is taken from “The Cat in the Hat”. Simply slice up cherry tomatoes and stack them on top of slices of string cheese or mozzarella.
A favorite of Whoville residents in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, you can recreate this by frying up some hash browns with leftover roast beef, frozen peas and carrots, onion, and brown gravy. You can make it authentic by serving it up in a clean aluminum can!
Pink Ink Drink
No, this isn’t off the Starbuck menu, rather it was inspired by One Fish Two Fish. Just blend up some strawberry yogurt, a few handfuls of frozen strawberries and raspberries, and a cup of milk, almond milk, or coconut water (your choice). The combination makes a festive smoothie that’s great for breakfast or dessert!
Making these recipes is not only fun, but it may get your child to try food they never have before (and like it)!
More Celebration Ideas for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
If your kids like to get crafty, these are more Dr. Seuss birthday activities to try.
Draw Your Favorite Character
Keep it simple with some paper, crayons, and your child’s imagination. Let them recreate one of their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. If they do a few, you can turn one of your walls into a mini Dr. Seuss art gallery. Your kids will love this!
Inspired by One Fish, Two Fish, shape some pipe cleaners into fish shapes or cut paper fish and slide metal paper clips onto them. Make fishing poles using a dowel rod or other stick, about 12 inches of yarn, and tie a magnet at the end. Scatter the fish and go “fishing!”
Make a “stovepipe” shape from white construction paper and add red construction paper stripes. Let your child decorate it with red and white patterns, gluing pom-poms to it, or whatever else they’d like. You can also choose to use red and white felt to make a more durable hat.
Whether it’s reading, cooking, or crafting, there are so many Dr. Seuss birthday activities to choose from that your child will be busy all month long!
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