Starting on the last week of February is National Reading Week, or more specifically Read Across America. The National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, 2011 on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel who is also known as Dr. Seuss, the famous children’s author of over 44 books. During this week and through to Seuss’s birthday, what better way to celebrate then to involve the kids in some reading activities.
The best way to celebrate is to take a trip to your local library with your kids. Plan a fun field trip that involves the kids checking out books and reading through the many Dr. Seuss books available. Consider reading through the books and then testing the comprehension with your children by asking trivia questions pertaining to each book. On this Seuss related website, trivias have already been written as well a reading list to bring with you to the library. They can be easily printed out and the trivia can be rewritten or copied.
If your kids are the crafty type who also likes to dress up, you can create a Cat in the Hat look alike hat which can be fun for any aged child. The Cat in the Hat is one of Dr. Seuss’s most famously known children’s books and the main character is mischievous cat with a red and white-stripped hat. You can make a construction hat at home or with a group using simple materials.
How to make a Cat in the Hat Hat:
1. Gather materials:
Construction paper (Red and White)
Pencil or writing utensil
Stapler or tape
2. Cut out white pieces of construction paper into 2 strips measuring around 2” by 8” then adhere to red construction paper around 8” wide leaving 2” of the red showing. There should be three sections of the red strips showing. Let the glue dry, or use staples to connect everything together.
3. Next, create a brim for the hat with the white construction paper by creating a circle. Either glue or staple to the bottom of the hat. It should fit according to the size of the child’s head. For the top of the hat, cut red construction paper that fits the diameter and secure with tape or staples.Voila! A Cat in the Hat look a like.
Another activity will be a truly delicious one that can involve snacks that everyone can participate in making. Take the ideas from your favorite Dr. Seuss book, including One Fish, Two Fish, The Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham. The possibilities for snacks are endless and can include baking cookies. For the famous Green Eggs and Ham, add a few drops of blue or green food coloring to unscrambled eggs and cook as usual. For the ham you will want to serve up warm slices of ham with brushed on food coloring.
For more awesome activity ideas and a list of Dr. Seuss’s books to explore, check out the Read Across America 2011 Science Explorabration Field Guide provided by National Education Association.