Happy Birthday to You!Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, MA. He wrote most frequently under the pen names Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSeig and published 46 books for children, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, Hop on Pop, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and The Sneetches. The National Education Association created Read Across America Day, which takes place annually on March 2 to honor Dr. Seuss and his books. Dr. Seuss died on Septemher 24, 1991. He would have been 109 years old today!

There are many ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Here’s what we’ll be doing later today at the library.

First, we’ll talk a little bit about Dr. Seuss and each child will share with the group a Dr. Seuss book he/she loves.

 Cat in the Hat Hat

I will read If I Ran the Zoo, a zany story about what young Gerald McGrew would do if he ran the zoo! I’ll get out my guitar we’ll sing a song (also called If I Ran the Zoo) set to the tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie?

If I Ran the ZooWe will start with creatures from the book then the child will make up their own nonsense names. Insert the names of the creatures below (and others from the book—there are lots more) then make up your own!

Did you ever see a ______________a________________a________________?

Did you ever see a_____________________that lives in the zoo?

  • Elephant-Cat
  • Bustard
  • Fustard
  • Joat
  • Lunk
  • Mulligatawny
  • Iota
  • Gusset
  • Gasket
  • Natch
  • Itkutch
  • Nerkle

Cat in the Hat Hat

Next up is a game of Pin the Egg on the Plate, based on Green Eggs and Ham. I found the plate and the eggs at the Random House Publisher’s Seussville website.
Green Eggs and HamTo play, cut out the image of the plate then cut out the eggs from the Tic Tac Toe game to “pin” on the plate. We are using magnets and a magnetic board for our game. You can also use tape if you don’t want to use pushpins.

Cat in the Hat Hat

We’ll move onto a balancing game, which is always a hit. Each kid will get a Dr. Seuss book to try and balance on his/her head. They will try to keep the book on their heads as they walk from one marked spot to another.

Cat in the Hat Hat

The next game is Please Cat, May I? a fun version of Mother, May I? The person in charge is the cat. He/she will wear the designated Cat in the Hat hat.

The Cat in the Hat

The cat stands at one side of the room, the players on the other. The players will ask the cat if they can move forward with various movements such as one giant step, three small steps, hop two steps, etc. The cat answers with either “yes” or “no.” If the players forget to say “Please, Cat May I?” or don’t follow the cat’s directions, they are out. The game is played until one person is left.

Cat in the Hat Hat

From there we will move onto a simple craft activity, Lorax puppets. Please note that the template is for personal use only from Pamela at First Class Teacher.

The Lorax

I cut out the pieces ahead of time, but if your child is old enough to use scissors, he/she can cut out the pieces. After the pieces are cut, color them. Glue them onto an appropriate sized paper bag (which you can either color or leave the way it is) and you have a Lorax puppet!

Cat in the Hat Hat

We will end our birthday party with punch and cake. After all, what’s a birthday party without cake! We’ll sing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss, then enjoy.

Cat in the Hat Hat

There are lots of fun ways to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. For more ideas, check out:

 

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Love,

the Singing Librarian