March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and I always enjoy celebrating his books during the beginning of March. This year was no different, even if some of our festivities were interrupted by snowy days! This year, the kiddos had a blast painting with “Truffula trees”. It’s definitely one of my favorite Dr. Seuss art projects thus far!
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Dr. Seuss art projects inspired by The Lorax
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To create our Truffula tree “paintbrushes”, I simply hot glued sparkly pompoms to the top of paper straws. The kids and I thought the pompoms kind of looked like the top of the Truffula trees from The Lorax. I loved using the paper straws – they were striped like the book’s trees and they were very sturdy!
Once the Truffula tree brushes were ready, we added some liquid watercolors to a few cups. After much debate, the children and I settled on glittery turquoise, glittery yellow, tangerine, and pink. I absolutely adore the colors we chose!
How the kids created
I invited the children to come to the art center and get started once everything was set up. The first day, I had a copy of The Lorax nearby as a reference for the children. It helped remind them about the plot of the book, as well as where we got the ideas for Truffula trees.
The children painted in a variety of ways! Some stamped the pompoms all over the paper. Others dragged the pompoms around the paper. Still others mixed those two techniques. Once the children had painted to their hearts’ content, we let the artwork dry.
The next day, I asked if the kids wanted to add tree trunks to their art. Many wanted to, while some chose not to. No matter what their decision, I think these paintings are just gorgeous! Yes, I know I’m biased! 😉
What about you? Would your kiddos like painting with Truffula trees after reading The Lorax? Do you have other Dr. Seuss art projects to recommend? If so, be sure to let me know in the comments below.