Summer Crafts for Kids: Week 6 Dr. Seuss

This week we are focusing on the one and only Dr. Seuss! Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss books, especially these classics, and your kids will love just as much the crafts and activities to go along with each book.  Just read the stories and do the crafts!

Green Eggs and Ham

This one is easy – have green eggs and ham for breakfast {or dinner}! Make scrambled eggs as you normally would, but add one to two drops of green food coloring and mix.  Cook as you normally would.  As far as the ham goes – just add a drop to a plastic bag and add a piece of ham, shake and cook as normal!

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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

We love this book, love learning the colors and numbers of this magical Seuss classic! The2013-02-27 08.10.49 HDRcraft that will be a ton of fun to make is a paper plate fish bowl!

What you will need:

  • Paper Plate
  • Blue Paint
  • Red, Blue, and 2 other colors of choice of construction paper or card stock
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to make a paper plate fish bowl:

  1. Cut the top off of the fish paper plate
  2. Paint the larger piece of the paper plate blue
  3. Cut fish shapes from each of the 4 colors of paper
  4. Play with the fish in the fish bowl!

Bartholomew the Oobleck

This is one of the lesser know Dr. Seuss books, I don’t remember this one as a child but the2013-02-26 15.39.35kids love to read it now! This was also the most fun craft that we have done so far, the kids loved it! I couldn’t get them to stop playing, but it did make a mess and stained their hands green {several washes with Dawn® Dish Soap helped drastically}.  This fun oobleck is awesome because you can swirl it and it is a liquid but if you try and pick it up it becomes a solid!

What you will need

  • 2 cups of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of water
  • Food coloring {optional}

How to make a green oobleck

  1. Mix 2-3 drops of food coloring with the water
  2. Mix the water and cornstarch with your hands
  3. Enjoy!

Details on making an oobleck

The Lorax

The Lorax has become more popular with the release of the movie, but it still is a favorite of many children! Make a Truffula Tree Forest after you have read this story!

What you will need:

  • Straws
  • Yellow Paint
  • Yarn (we used multi-colored but yellow, green, pink etc will do)
  • A piece of cardboard
  • Play-dough or green paint (for the forest floor)

How to make a Truffula Tree forest

  1. Cut straws to different lengths
  2. Paint the straws yellow and let dry
  3. Make the tops of the Truffula Trees with the yarn
    1. Wrap yarn around 3-4 fingers, several times
    2. Pinch the yarn in the middle and use a piece of yarn to tie the middle
    3. Cut the rounded edges to make a ‘poof’

  1. Cover the card board with green play-dough or paint
  2. Hot glue a tree top to the straw
  3. Hot glue the straw to the cardboard.

The Cat in the Hat

This is one of the most known Dr. Seuss books, and it is a blast to read.  There are several fun things to do while reading the Cat and the Hat – practice balancing a ball on your hand, and then on a bat, try lots of different balancing games like Cat does in the story! Also you can make handprint Thing 1 and Thing 2s!

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  • Card Stock or Construction Paper
  • Blue Paint
  • Red Paint
  • White Paint
  • Sharpie or black marker

How to make them

  • Paint your child’s 4 fingers blue and their palm white (leave their thumb free of paint)
  • Place their hand down on the paper
  • Wash their hand
  • Paint your child’s thumb, middle finger, ring finger and palm red
  • Wash their hands
  • Paint the thumb on their other hand for the other arm.
  • Let dry and draw a face and Thing 1 or Thing 2 on the body!

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