Dr. Seuss Extravaganza

I’ve been settling into a new position this winter and just hosted my first weekend family event. Since Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday are celebrated in early March, my event was all things Dr. Seuss!

This event was drop in based for an hour and half on a Saturday morning. So, I set up several stations that families could explore at their own pace. I tried to have a variety of activities that could be adapted for a wide age range since I was expecting everything from babies and toddlers to upper elementary school students. So, here’s what I came up with:

1. Cat in the Hat Craft

What Seuss event would be complete without some Cat in the Hat hats?! We made hats our of paper. I had a teen volunteer cut out strips of red paper and the rims of paper plates in advance. Kids then glued the red stripes to large white sheets of construction paper and then attached their paper to the paper plat rims with tape.

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2. 10 Apples on Top Building Challenge

I used some blocks we had lying around and got 10 red apples. The kids were challenged to build a structure that could support all 10 apples just like the guys in Seuss’s book. For younger kids I asked them to try to support 1 or 2 apples, and the older kids worked towards the 10 apples.

3. Cat in the Hat Stacking Challenge

In this building challenge kids had to create a Cat in the Hat pattern (white/red/white/red) using notecards and plastic cups. This one was surprisingly popular with all ages!

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4. Truffala Forest Collage Art

We had small pieces of yarn, popsicle sticks, crayons, glue, and fabric squares with Seuss characters on them our on a table. The kids used their creativity to make collages.

5. Pin the Green Eggs on the Green Ham Game

 

This was a fun game! I had a teen volunteer make the giant plate with the ham on it ahead of them, then we blindfolded the kids and had them try to add a green egg to the plate. It was a lot of fun!IMG_5490

Lois Ehlert Collage Art

I love Lois Ehlert! Maybe it’s because she’s a Wisconsin native like me, or maybe it’s just because she’s amazing, but either way I’ve always loved her books. Have you seen The Scraps Book: Notes on a Colorful Life that came out earlier this year? It’s like an autobiographical artist’s notebook. It’s beautiful and inspiring.  There are notes about her life, where she gets ideas for her art, and how she makes her art. All of it is arranged in a way that feels like you are stepping into her studio or her home to see all the beauty she’s collected to work with. Anyways, I was inspired by this book and a fellow librarian in my system to do a paper collage workshop this past weekend.

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