Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2, so it’s always fun to have a Dr. Seuss theme in preschool around that date. Recently, we did just that! Lots of books were read, we talked about his invented words, and there was a ton of rhyming. We were also sure to incorporate a variety of Dr. Seuss activities throughout the week!
Some of our favorite preschool Dr. Seuss activities
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Mary Poppins had fun helping the kiddos make masks inspired by The Lorax. I was most entertained listening to her instructions from across the room — “Paint your face orange. Now glue your eyebrows on. Oh, wait, your mustache just fell on the floor!” Yes, I am easily amused. This comes in handy when teaching preschool! 🙂 This is an idea that’s been around for years. Mary Poppins and I have made them on different occasions, but I have no idea where the original idea came from.
Make a Cat’s Hat
This simple activity is a hit every time. Simply cut out red strips of construction paper, along with a basic hat shape from white paper. Let the children make patterns of red and white, or just let them design their own hat for the Cat!
Inspired by Seuss’ The Lorax, these Truffula trees from Babble were one of my favorite activities! I loved how each kiddo created something a little different with the same materials. We chose to use braided rope for the stems, and I found that a glue gun worked best with them (rather than regular glue).
Rhyming Words with Magnetic Letters
For the ABC center, we talked about changing words we know into new words. We started with ‘cat’, and the children just had to change the first letter to make new words. We also talked about how the words rhymed because they sound the same at the end.
In the discovery/sensory table, the children used homemade fishing poles to “catch” foam fish. This activity related to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Paint a Masterpiece
I’ve often let the children choose a favorite Seuss character to paint. The usual winner is that mischievous Cat, and I love seeing how their character interpretations turn out!
More Dr. Seuss activities I can’t wait to try:
- Mom to 2 Posh L’il Divas’ delicious Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs
- In Lieu of Preschool’s absolutely awesome Lorax sensory bin with DIY Truffula trees
- A Little Delightful’s cute hand print Lorax
- Toddler Approved’s darling Thing 1 and Thing 2 stick puppets
- Living Montessori Now’s fun fine motor hat play
- Sweet Rose Studio’s Seuss-inspired rhyming game
- Buggy and Buddy’s Ten Apples Up on Top math activity
My Book-Inspired Pinterest board has more ideas to check out! What are some of YOUR favorite Dr. Seuss activities for the kiddos?