Celebrating Dr. Seuss with books and crafts

Theodor Seuss Geisel, lovingly known as Dr. Seuss to millions, was born on March 2, 1904. As a former elementary school teacher, I have many fond memories of celebrating the beloved author's birthday with my students by reading his fun, quirky and delightful books and engaging in fun learning activities. Now that I am a mother, I am so amazed that this man's work continues to delight the hearts of children, including my own, from all races, ethnicities and genders. Indeed, the written word has the power to educate, warm hearts and entertain in such a timeless way that it greatly impacts generation after generation. 

Here are some Dr. Seuss books and crafts that you can explore with your child in celebration of a man who gave us plenty of laughs and permission to be unique...

The Cat in the Hat. 
Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! Read this classic with your child and enjoy making this simple, yet fun craft: Cat in the Hat Craft.

Green Eggs and Ham. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way. And munch on this delicious edible craft as a grand finale: Green Eggs and Ham Craft. 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination can be. From the can-opening Zans to the boxing Gox to the winking Yink who drinks pink ink, the silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” When you're done reading, it's time to learn and eat with this yummy sorting activity: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Craft.

The Lorax.Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. Enjoy this Dr. Seuss book with your child, then make this adorable craft: The Lorax Craft.