Dr Seuss Theme for Preschool
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Materials Needed: Fingerpaint and paper! The children make footprints, one of each color. Allow them after that to sit on a chair and just "paint" with their feet!
This is a great followup activity to The Foot Book
Materials Needed: A variety of colors of paint, brushes, and half sheets of construction paper.
Encourage the children to use one color on each half sheet to make their own color book.
VARIATION: Let the children experiment mixing colors while they paint.
Great activity to go with the book My Many Colored Days
Grocery Bag Hats
Materials Needed: One grocery bag for each child and items to decorate it!
Roll the paper bag so that it fits on each child's head. Let them decorate by painting or by glue on some crazy Seuss-like items: chenille wires (pipe cleaners), stickers, fabric, etc.
You could also use this activity to work on patterns with the children. In advance, draw bold stripes on the bag with a dark marker. They can try to create a patterned hat using each striped area.
Another idea would be to provide paint, glue and feathers. Make their own Gertrude McFuzz hats!
Another Hat Idea!
This idea suggested by Jessica from Battle Creek, MI
Materials needed: red and white paper, paper plate (with the middle cut out).
The children use the paper to make layers to see how high they can make their hats!
Seuss World Critters
Materials: Provide a large variety of recyclable items (boxes, water bottles, etc.), arts and crafts materials (ribbon, yarn, google eyes) and glue.
Encourage the children to make their own creature and name it!
Great followup to the ABC book!
Materials: Wooden unit blocks, foam blocks and any other blocks you want to add!
Can your children balance as many items as the Cat in the Hat did? Try adding stuffed animals and see how high the blocks can go to balance them!
Run the Zoo
Add zoo animals (stuffed or sorters/counters) to your block area for your children to build a zoo. Be sure to include the book If I Ran The Zoo
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your Space Theme!
Mr. Brown Can Moo!
Materials Needed: In advance, record the animal sounds from the book Mr. Brown Can Moo As you read the story, stop and play the voice!
VARIATION: Ask a parent to record the sounds!
VARIATION: Prior to this theme, record the children making the sounds and don't tell them why! When you have this theme, pull out the recording! They will LOVE hearing their own voices!
The Foot Book
After reading this story, have the children learn left from right by reciting the page "Left foot, right foot" etc. This is a great book to jumpstart their knowledge about opposites. Do some opposite practice! Say things like:
Not up but......
Not left but.......
Not in but ........
Follow this up with a foot art activity!
Favorite Book Chart
Materials Needed: A large sheet of paper with the names of all of the Dr. Seuss books you've read with the children this week!
At the end of your Dr. Seuss Theme, have all of the books you've read out for the children to look at.
Encourage the children to print their name on a piece of paper. If they are not writing their names yet, have papers with each child's name available.
Give the children their name and a piece of tape. Have them place their name next to their favorite Seuss book.
Is there a class favorite? Which book was enjoyed the most? The least?
Materials Needed: Chart paper and a marker; I Wish I Had Duck Feet
In advance, ask the children what they would wish for if they could have any ONE thing they wanted.
Read the story about a boy who wished he had something different!
Follow up by encouraging the children to draw a picture of what they said they wanted!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Space theme questions while making these fun snacks!
Green Eggs and Ham, of course!
Make some scrambled eggs and add some green food gel to the eggs before cooking! Heat up some ham.
Materials: Pull out your dress up clothes and props such as hats, scarves, shoes etc. Also, place a large variety of Seuss books out. Encourage your preschoolers to dress up like the characters in the book!
Set up your kitchen set! Make some green eggs and ham out of felt pieces.
Sam I Am Painting
Materials Needed: green paint, white paint, rectangular paper OR actual shoe box lids!
Make different shades of green. Painting on a shoe box or other box lid helps Sam I Am to "eat them in a box"!
Hop on POPS
Materials: Hop on Pop book, bubble wrap and tape
After reading the story, bring children to a large area where you've taped oooodles of bubble wrap! The should remove their shoes and HOP ON THE POPS!
I LOVE the Cat In the Hat Story! After reading this book, provide different ways (and encourage your children to come up with a few as well) to balance:
On one foot
Walk on a line of tape
Place a line of wooden unit blocks in a row to use as a balance beam if you don't have one.
Use bean bags and balance one: on your head, on your elbow, one your back, on your foot!
Pin The Hat on the Cat! Thank you Esily from Greenbelt, MD for this idea!
This is a variation of pin the tail on the donkey.
Materials Needed: Blown up picture of the Cat in the Hat. The red and white hat that can be taped to the cats head.
Blind fold the child and have them place the hat on top of the cats head as close possible and give out a sticker as a prize. Everyone wins :)
Book Suggestions for the Library
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
The Cat In The Hat
The Foot Book
Fox in Socks
A Great Day For Up
Green Eggs and Ham
Hop On Pop
Horton Hears a Who
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
I Am Not Goint To Get Up Today!
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet
If I Ran The Zoo
Mr. Brown Can Moo
My Many Colored Days
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
One Fish, Two fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
There's A Wocket In My Pocket
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
The Tooth Book
Yertle The Turtle
How Many Feet?
Materials: construction paper, marker, scissors and rulers!
Encourage your children to trace their foot and cut it out. They can use these cut outs to measure everything in the classroom--the chairs, tables, their friends! Also provide rulers so they can measure with them as well.
Provide bubble wrap and encourage the children to count each bubble they pop (fine motor development and counting all in one!)
Materials Needed: Programmed Fish shapes of different colors or with different numbers. Children match either by color or number as a follow up to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Daisy-Head Maisy Headbands and more
Materials: Strips of long construction paper (about 2 inches wide and long enough to be a headband!); artificial flowers, glue.
Encourage children to create patterns with the flowers and foliage and glue it to the strips of paper. When dry, they can wear their Maisy Headbands.
EXTENSION: Provide large wreaths (purchased at a craft store or donated). The children can place the flowers in the wreaths. You can either hang the wreaths or leave them in the manipulative center for the children to use all week.
One Fish Two Fish Sorting
Materials: Colored Goldfish snacks and bowls.
Give each child a handful of colored fish for them to sort and count.....and, of course, EAT!
Bring the book Marvin K. Mooney and pause to have the children move in the ways Marvin mooves (on a cow, on skates, etc.)
If You're Happy and You Know It
Sing and act this song out in honor of The Foot Book!
EXTENSTION: Provide foot movement activities for the children: Kicking balls, "tap" dancing, jogging, running!
Materials: Cornstarch and water
Mix equal amounts of cornstarch and water into your sensory table. This is the greatest texture! It is hard when you touch it. When you scoop some up, the heat from your hands melts it and then it hardens again!
Tooth Paste Sculpting!
Add mini tubes of toothpaste to the sensory table. Let the children squeeze them out and sculpt with them after reading The Tooth Book. Ask a local dentist if they can donate some in exchange for your passing out their brochure to families (be sure this is ok with your school's administration first!)
Make your own Bartholomew Oobleck!
2 cups of water
1 cup of glue
2 tablespoons of Borax (it is found in the laundry detergent aisle).
Mix 1 cup of the water with the 1 cup of glue.
In a separate bowl, mix the remaining cup of water with the Borax and a few drops of food coloring if desired.
Pour the Borax and water mixture into the glue/water mixture SLOWLY while stirring. Once it becomes rubbery, stop pouring in the borax mixture! Pour off the excess liquid and let the kids enjoy using this!
Remember, this WILL stick to clothes, hair and carpeting!
How Many Teeth?
Materials Needed: Hand mirrors, tooth shaped paper, marker, the book The Tooth Book
Children count how many teeth they have and write it on a paper. It is fun to compare! Who has all 20? Has anyone lost teeth yet?
My Shape Book
To go along with the book The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, provide shape stencils in your writing center for the children to trace and decorate.
Where Would I Go?
After reading Marvin K. Mooney, encourage the children to draw where they would go. Provide colored pencils and white paper and perhaps some Dr. Seuss stickers!
Jammies and Socks
In advance, send a notice home for your children to come to school in their pajamas AND wearing crazy socks! Read A Great Day For Up and Fox in Socks to start your day!
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel- was born on March 2nd, 1904. Have a birthday or UN-birthday party in his honor!
Read Across America
The National Education Association sponsors a campaign for reading and Dr. Seuss Birthday each year. Check out their website for more ideas on making this day special. Read Across America Website
Our Foot Book
Thank you Linda from Brooklyn, NY for submitting this idea!
We made a class book using Oh the Places You'll Go and The Foot Book.
After reading these books, we sent construction paper home for the parents to trace the children's feet. When they returned the papers, we documented all the places their feet have taken them. The children really enjoyed "reading" their own book after we finished!
How Many Yertles Tall are YOU? Thank you to Kierstyn for this idea!
We are reading Yertle the Turtle. I made 14 "Yertles" and stacked them out in the hall as a height chart. Students get to measure how many Yertles tall they are and stick their picture by it.