March 2, 2019

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss birthday 2 March

I’m a real Dr. Seuss fan, so I wanted to find a fun way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on 2 March.

Here are some ideas for using Montessori principles when creating activities for a Dr. Seuss celebration with preschoolers (imagination plus Montessori!):

You can start introducing Dr Seuss through rhyming fun and through the silliness of The Cat in the Hat … with a Cat in the Hat sensory bin.

Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish for its silliness and the way it encourages kids to both rhyme and read. It can also be a fun way to encourage math skills.

The Lorax is the classic children’s story of the damage that greed and consumerism can do to the environment. The book ends with a symbol of hope in the form of a young boy who hears the tale and is given a gift and an important message by the Once-ler.

The important message from Dr. Seuss and the Once-ler is: “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The book may be too long for very young children, but many will grow to love it as much as my children did.

Have a Lorax picnic

Read the Lorax outside. Set up a teepee on the lawn and snuggle.

Create a Truffula snack tree using peanut butter, celery sticks, and tangerines to make Truffula trees with various fruits for the Truffula fruits.

Truffula snack tree under a teepee

I think that Dr. Seuss’s birthday can be made even better by adding a touch of Montessori, a teepee and a Truffula snack tree. And that’s all from me!

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