Tuesday, March 2, 2010
This is what will greet my children first thing in the morning (I’m writing this on Monday, March 1st). I know they will thoroughly enjoy their swedish “Red Fish”! We read a Dr. Seuss book for bedtime the night before, and we will read one every night until we run out (about 2 weeks worth for us). Today is not just about Dr. Seuss (though we celebrate it today because it is his Birthday) but is also a fun week to focus on reading! My parents were pivotal in giving me my love of reading. I am hoping to instill the same love of reading in my children. Things like celebrating Dr. Seuss Day, and Reading Week, will go a long way in pushing this hope.
During the day, after we read Dr. Seuss’ “The Foot Book”, we will each be making our own “Foot Book”. I guess the secret is out….that tracing of a foot above, is mine. Yup! My second toe is longer than my first toe! But if you look at statues of the Greek Gods and Goddesses, their second toe is also longer than their first! So, we can see of what cloth I was made from! ;)
Back to our “Foot Book”. We will trace the kid’s feet for the shape of it. They will cut out all of their own feet. Then, I’m going to let them decide what to fill their “Foot Book” in with. Mine has the words Right and Left on the appropriate feet pages. Then, I have some info about my feet (stuff like my longer toe info, some pages I colored my toe nails, when I got my first pedicure…which was just last year, how I am a foot-a-phobe…which means I do NOT like feet, etc). For their books I’m going to suggest maybe words that rhyme with foot, feet, toe, shoe, sock, or brainstorming other words that have to do with their foot.
Next up will be making a hat like “The Cat In The Hat”. I just took strips of white paper (1 inch tall) and stapled them together the size of my head. Then for the front “hat” part I took the rest of the white paper and added red stripes to it that were 2 inches tall. I rounded the top corners to look more like in the books.
I know that my kids will love making these after reading the books.
I have downloaded lots of other Dr. Seuss things like dot to dots, questionairres, matching games, word searches, coloring pages, fill in the blanks, and mazes that all coordinate with Dr. Seuss books. We will be eating green scrambled eggs and ham. Last year I made green jello eggs which are super fun too, especially if colored food is not your thing!
I hope these ideas give you some quick ideas that you can whip up yourself and celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. Or you can use them this whole week for Reading Week, or at least focus on reading this week!
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