Today is March 2, and that means it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Because his work made such an impact on young readers and continue to be best-selling classics, his birthday has been named National Read Across America Day. This nationwide reading celebration is held in schools, libraries, community centers, and of course preschools and child care centers. To help you celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, our preschool in Raleigh is sharing some fun activities you can do with your little ones! event brings inspires people across the country to
Read Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Books
Of course, reading his books is the best way to celebrate not just Dr. Seuss, but National Read Across America Day! If your little one doesn’t have a favorite, pick from one of these options:
Best Dr Seuss Books for Toddlers
For the littlest readers, short, simple books are ideal to keep them engaged and 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
While the above books will definitely be a hit for preschoolers, too, the longer, more story based books are great! We love:
- 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
If you don’t have any books at home, be sure to head to the library and pick some up! North Regional Library is hosting three storytime events:
- Toddler Storytime at 9:30 a.m.
- Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
- Baby Storytime at 11:30 a.m.
Eat Like a Dr. Seuss Character
Keep the celebration going by creating Suess-friendly meals for your preschooler. This may even be a great time to make “less fun” options like vegetables a bit more exciting. Here are some ideas:
- Green eggs and ham: Of course we had to start with this classic – Add a bit of chopped spinach or even some green food coloring to scrambled eggs, pair with a slice of breakfast ham, and your Sam I Am will be ready for the day!
- Tomato Stack: Seen in The Cat in the Hat, slice up cherry tomatoes and stack on top of slices of string cheese or mozzarella cheese for a fun snack or lunch side dish.
- Who Hash: 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, and adding a bit of onion and some brown gravy – or use a bit of bacon, onion, and red pepper instead (get creative and add whatever you want!) Add a bit of authenticity by serving it in a clean aluminum can!
- Pink Ink Drink: Seen in One Fish Two Fish, the Pink Ink Drink will be a hit for breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert! Just blend up some strawberry yogurt, a few handfuls of frozen strawberries and raspberries, and a cup of milk, almond milk, or coconut water into a festive smoothie!
More Celebration Ideas for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
You’ve got the books, the foods, let’s keep the party going with some more simple, fun ideas your little ones will love!
- The Lorax: Plant seeds in a cup by the window (it may be a little too cool still to plant outside).
- One Fish, Two Fish: Shape some pipe cleaners into fish shapes (or a close proximity!) 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!”
- Cat’s Hats: Make a “stovepipe” shape from white construction paper and add red construction paper stripes and let your child decorate it with red and white patterns, gluing pom-poms to it, or whatever they want to make it their own. . You can also use red and white felt to create a more durable hat.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
At our preschool in Raleigh, we know how important it is to make reading fun in order to foster that interest in books from a young age. We hope you get the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and National Read Across America Day in a way that is memorable, enjoyable, and fun for the whole family!
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