We have been having lots of fun in the workboxes, and on the activity trays, during March with Dr. Seuss and Cat In The Hat learning activities. Dr. Seuss published Cat In The Hat in March 1957 and every year his books and silly sayings are celebrated around the world.
If you would like to hear the Cat In The Hat story read aloud, check out this video produced by Pizza Hutt for their Book It program. The video features Justin Bieber reading Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss.
On one of our Seuss Activity Trays this month was a wooden Melissa and Doug birthday cake. The kids set up the cake and we pretended to celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday of publishing Cat In The Hat.
The cake comes with its own tray, six wooden slices, a serving spatula, a plate, candy toppings, fruit toppings, and candles. The kids put the cake together, added the toppings and the candles. They counted the candles as they took them on and off the cake. They sang happy birthday and practiced blowing out the candles. They also practiced serving each other a piece of cake too.
The next Seuss Activity Tray held a bucket of red and white cubes. We used the cubes for making patterns with the colors of the cat’s hat. We first practiced making the pattern of the red and white horizontal stripes on the cat’s hat. Then we practiced a similar but different pattern, in which the rows of blocks could be turned vertically to recreate the horizontal stripes.
The three year old loved this activity. He loved receiving praise for repeating the patterns I set out for him. He also loved taking all the cubes apart and counting them as he put them back into the bucket.
He sorted groups of white blocks and groups of red blocks into piles.
He also used the red and white cubes to fill in the patterns on this H is for Hat printable.
His sister, age 4, used red and white pom poms to create the stripes on the H is for Hat printable.
She also did a matching activity with lots of different hats. Then we used the hats again in making patterns.
In our workboxes for all of the children, I put lots of printables, worksheets and coloring pages in addition to our Dr. Seuss books. We did word searches, math worksheets, measuring, and more. I will write about some of the worksheets and activities that go with Dr. Seuss books in a future post. See the links at the end of this story for lots of printables to add to your workboxes with this theme.
I had the kids trade books on different days so everyone had a chance to have some one on one time with each of them. We included Cat In The Hat, Foot Book, Fox on Sox, Left Foot Right Foot, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and more. Here is a picture of a few of the Dr. Seuss Books we have, and a few more are somewhere being read by someone.
I also had the older children read to the younger children. This really blesses my heart to see the younger ones listening as their older siblings read a story.
The kids love hearing the silly phrases and looking at the silly illustrations in the Cat in The Hat Book. It seems that no matter how many times you read it, it is still funny.
It is really funny to hear the three year old retelling the story as he looks at the pictures.
We colored Cat In The Hat pictures.
We made paper bag puppets with some of our coloring pages and acted out parts of the story in the book.
We made silly statues of Cat In The Hat characters with snap Cubes. See that story here. These turned out so great! We plan to re-make more Seuss characters with Legos sometime soon.
We also spent some morning times watching the Cat In The Hat program on PBS Kids. It is a 30 minute program on weekdays on TV on channel PBS. We also played games and activities online on the their website.
Be sure to check out the lots of videos, games, and activities for Cat In The Hat on PBS Kids website.
We also ate dinner with Cat In The Hat at Golden Corral. They also gave us some of the coloring pages we did to make our puppets. See that story and lots more pictures here.
Time just seems to fly by. I remember when my oldest was the toddler, and I would read the Cat In The Hat to him. He loved all the Dr. Seuss books. Here we are all these years later and those books, especially Cat In The Hat, still have a fun place in our lives, and we all enjoy them.
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