If you have children you might know that March 2 is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. This day is celebrated by the National Education Association and is to promote reading across America for our children. There are a lot of activities that you can do with your child to promote this day to read and celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Here are three really good activities you can do with your child during this special day, and the great thing is that you can do these activities with children in pre-school or above.
One special activity you can do with your child is to make green eggs and ham, which is a famous book by Dr. Seuss. First, you will need to gather the ingredients which are ham cubes, eggs and green food coloring. You can get all of these ingredients at your local grocery store for about 10 dollars or less. Have your child crack open the eggs and place them into a bowl, while you cut open the package of ham cubes. Before you cook the eggs, have your child place a few drops of green food coloring into them. As an adult, you should cook the eggs yourself while your child watches you since this is a little dangerous if you have smaller children. Once the eggs are mostly cooked, have your child add a couple scoops of ham cubes into the mixture so that it cooks slightly. In about ten minutes you will have green eggs and ham to enjoy with your child. This is a great activity for children who are age four and older, but you should always supervise if you let your child cook the eggs. You could also choose to read the book “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss after you both devour the homemade creation.
You could also choose to do an activity with your child after “The Foot Book” and then read the story to them afterward. For this activity you will need to gather a pencil and some colored construction paper. You can find the construction paper at your local retail store for about two dollars. All you need to do for this activity is have your child outline their feet with the various colors of construction paper with the pencil and then you can cut them out if you want. You might choose to have the footprints put on your child’s bedroom wall so they can have something special to remember the activity by. This is a great activity to do with your school-aged child because they will love to trace their feet and then hang them up. You could also choose to outline your feet as well, to show your child how everyone has different size feet and shaped feet. Reading “The Foot Book” afterward is also a great way to tie in the activity to the legacy of Dr. Seuss.
You might also want to do an activity with your child based on the Dr. Seuss book “Are You My Mother?” You can get some magazines or old newspapers out and have your child point to pictures that show children with their mother. If you want to make the game more fun you can cut out various mothers with their child, both human and animal, and turn it into a matching game. You might cut out pictures of mother and child cats or dogs and then people and see if the child can identify which goes with which. This is a great activity for your child because it can show them how each mother and child relate to each other and how they are different. This is a great activity for your child if they are in kindergarten or above because they will have the cognitive abilities to match the mothers with their child. As a special way to tie in the activity, you can read the book “Are You My Mother?” to your child to show them the important bond that is shared.
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