Dr. Seuss Week Wrap-Up

Last week I shared a little of what Lauren and I did to celebrate Dr. Seuss week and I share our Dr. Seuss birthday celebration from last Friday.  Today I wanted to quickly share a few more details from our week.

We had a lot of fun with The Foot Book. While Lauren was napping I set up a few activities.  To lead Lauren downstairs and to the activities I traced my foot on scrap paper and made a trail of footprints. As soon as she saw them she said, “What’s that?” (her favorite phrase) and ran to them.

She picked them up all along the way to the first activity: foot painting. To prepare, I spread a large canvas drop cloth out on our deck and set up washable paint, paint trays and brushes along with a roll of butcher paper.

Luckily, it was a beautiful afternoon.  When I said, “Paint with your toes” Lauren picked up the paint brush, dipped it in the pink paint and painted on her toes!

So funny! In her defense, we had just days before painted our toe nails, and her polish happened to be almost exactly the same color as her pink washable paint.  (Painting toe nails would also be a fun Foot Book activity.)

Lauren was a little hesitant at first, but after some Mommy modeling toe painting she quickly got the hang of things.

Here’s her finished artwork:

I will admit that I think her favorite part of the whole activity might have been washing her feet in the washtub (to right of photo) before heading in. :)

Back inside I had another activity all set up: shoe sorting!

Lately, Lauren LOVES putting on our shoes. Slippers, running shoes, Andy’s dress shoes…it doesn’t matter.  I though it might be fun to set serval pairs up for her to try on and play with.  I tried to select a big variety and even dug into our sporting goods closet in the basement to find Andy SCUBA fins.  I also put out some shoe boxes and Lauren enjoyed taking the shoes in and out.  We played shoe store, tired on different shoes, walked in different shoes, matched up pairs of shoes and just had silly foot and shoe fun.

As I’ve mentioned, Lauren’s favorite Seuss character is the Cat in the Hat.  She calls him, “Cat!” I knew I wanted to make a Cat in the Hat craft. Here’s what we ended up making:

It’s a very fun project.  Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Paper Plate Cat in the Hat

printable template (click here to download PDF)

paper plate

black paint

paintbrush

red, white, and black construction paper (I used sheets of 12×12 scrapbooking paper because I have tons)

googly eyes (Lauren’s favorite craft supply)

2 chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners), each cut in half-for whiskers

small black pom-pom-for nose

scissors

glue

First, paint the outside rim of the paper plate with black paint.  It’s okay to leave some white showing.  If you look at the Cat himself, you’ll see he really isn’t solid black.  It also just makes the job of painting easier, especially with a toddler.

While paint dries, trace templates onto colored paper and cut out. (My templates are printed on orange paper because that’s what I had in my printer at the time.  Obviously, it makes no different in the final product.)

Once paint has dried, glue face to the center of the plate.  Glue red stripes on hat, and glue (or staple) hat to top of head.  (Staples held the hat on better than glue, and they can be covered up with the ears.) Glue on ears, bow tie, eyes, nose, and whiskers (if you look at the book you’ll see the Cat in the Hat only has 4 whiskers).

Lauren’s really getting the hang of using glue, and she’s amazingly precise about her placement of objects.  I absolutely LOVE how proud she looks after she finishes each step! At the end she held the whole thing up and looked at me with the biggest smile on her face! It really is amazing to watch your child learn, grow, and have fun.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of what Lauren and I did to celebrate Seuss Week! We’ve moving onto our next unit “Green” (can you guess why?).  I hope to share a few things from it too, so please come back soon!

 

Dr. Seuss Playdate 3-2-12

Happy Birthday! Today would have been Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday!  Lauren and have been enjoying all things Seuss this week, and today we hosted our playgroup for real celebration.  

I’ve been really trying to keep things simple lately.  I’m trying to do mommy preschool with Lauren as much as possible and I’m busy with a few other projects too.  I’m happy with the way this little playdate “party” turned out.  It didn’t take long to put together at all.

Because our playdates are in the morning, I try to stick to breakfasty foods, and you can’t celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday without green eggs and ham.  I’ve made your more traditional green scrambled eggs with ham in the past, but this year I reinvented the dish and whipped up a Green Eggs (Spinach) & Ham Fritatta.  I have to say it was a delicious and low-cal breakfast entree. I’ll probably make it again even if it’s not Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

 

Lauren’s favorite Dr. Seuss book is Dr. Seuss’ ABC. The letter D page says, “Big D. Little d. David Donald Doo dreamed a dozen donuts and a duckdog too.”

(I can’t find a better picture, but it looks kind of like this.)

Lauren is now obsessed with duckdogs! They’re pretty much her favorite animal, too bad they’re not real.  Given her love for them, how could I not serve Duckdog’s Dozen Donuts? Mini donuts are always a hit with the kids (and me too)!

To balance things out I needed a little fruit.  Inspired by Ten Apple on Top, I served apples slices, which happen to be a toddler favorite. I also served grapes, another group favorite. Lauren actually ate about 3 servings of halved grapes before she finished her donut, so I was pretty proud of her healthy choice.

Lastly, you can’t have a birthday party without cupcakes, but again, since it was 10:30 AM it just didn’t seem right.  Muffins? I compromised and made double chocolate muffins! YUM, but messy.  One day I’ll learn toddlers and muffins/cupcakes don’t mix well.  Good thing Lauren and Chester like to help clean up crumbs! (And other mommies helped too.  Thanks! xo) I used free printables from Moo-Moos and Tutus to make my muffin toppers.  You can download them here.

Earlier in the week, Lauren and I made an adorable Cat in the Hat craft. He is her absolute favorite Dr. Seuss character, after the duckdog that is.

For today’s playdate I had everything prepped and set up for our friend to make their own…

We were all so busy playing and visiting and eating that no one made the craft.  Too bad! (Mommy Friends-Let me know if you want the materials.  I have them.)  I’ll try to post the templates I made, materials, and instructions soon too.

Here’s a picture of the kids’ table with the printable matching game from Oopsey Daisy and printable hat coloring sheets from atoteacherstuff.com.

Next year Dr. Seuss’ birthday will be on a Saturday.  Maybe we’ll have another party around lunchtime since I have some fun food ideas I didn’t get to use today.

Check back soon, I’ll share my Cat in the Hat craft template, a Lorax snack idea, and I’ll give you a look back at some of the other ways Lauren and I celebrated all this week. (Here’s a hint, we DID foot painting!) Plus, I have a great St. Patrick’s Day Cookie of the Week I hope to share on Monday! Have a great weekend!

More Dr. Seuss Activities

I am a planner.   Even when it comes to spending time at home with Lauren doing “preschool” I find that I do better if I have a plan.  Here’s my plan for some fun, age-appropriate Dr. Seuss activities this week.

First of all we have TONS, I mean TONS, for Dr. Seuss books.  I’m going to read as many of them as possible to her this week, and then we’ll try out some activities inspired by the stories…

For example, my first idea, inspired by The Foot Book, involves a large canvas drop cloth, washable paint, paper, and some adorable baby feet. Hopefully the weather will be as nice as it is today and maybe we can do this outside. Wish me luck!

Lauren LOVES The Cat in the Hat, so of course we’ll be reading that book a time or two.  Since Cat stacks and balances many, many things in the story we’re going to spend some time stacking and balancing things around here too.  Sure, we have lots of blocks, but I saw the idea for making a tower with things from your pantry the other day,and I think that would be great fun. (Especially since Lauren loves pulling everything out.) We’re also going to try and make our own “cat”.  I’m hoping we come out with something like this:  

I don’t have specific instructions, but this looks pretty self-explainitory.  I’ll be sure to share if I end up making any templates.

We’ve been working on “same” and “different,” a lot lately and the last activity I have planned for sure is a Dr. Seuss matching game. Talented momma and former teacher, Alison, who writes one of my favorite blogs, Oopsey Daisy, created an adorable printable game.  Click on over and subscribe to her blog, you’ll be SO glad you did.  Then you can download your own copy of the matching game and take a look at all her other wonderful ideas.

We’ll probably end up doing a few other things too.  Although I’m sure we won’t read the book (too long), we might make Oobleck for a fun sensory experiment.  (Equal parts cornstarch and water + green food coloring.) I used to make it every year with my class so I’m sure I could handle it with one toddler, right? Of course the culmination will be our Dr. Seuss birthday playdate with our playgroup on Friday.  I’ll try to post pictures of what I come up with for our celebration.

Are you looking for even more Dr. Seuss ideas? Click here and here for hundreds (really, hundreds) of ideas.  I’d also love for you to leave me a comment with your ideas!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

One week from today, Friday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  In the past, I celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with my students. Among other things, we’d eat green eggs and ham and graph our preferences, decorate Cat in the Hat hats, and make Oobleck, messy but fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year I’m looking forward to celebrating with Lauren and our playgroup! As luck would have it, March 2nd is our Friday to host!

To prepare for our celebration, I started a “Dr. Seuss” board on Pinterest.  (Are you following me on Pinterest yet? Click here.) I’ve been pinning ideas for decorations, treats, and crafts.  I wanted to share some of my favorites.  Maybe they’ll inspire you to host a celebration of your own.

For general party inspiration and decor ideas of course I checked out Hostess With the Mostess.

Click on over and check out all the great details of this adorable party.

Looking for more great Dr. Seuss party inspiration?  Shea, from the blog Eventful Possibilities, shares a round up of some of the best here.

Next up treats:

These “green eggs and ham” treats from The Girl Who Ate Everything couldn’t be cuter, and I bet they’re delicious too! From my own experience, I’d guess they’d probably be a bigger hit with kids than real green eggs.

I just love these fantastic fish jello cups I found over on Simple Girl! Too cute.

Now for a crafts…

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve probably notice that I’m a little obsessed with handprint crafts, so of course this is right up my alley.

Photo from Little Warriors

Of course, there are tons of other great project and activity ideas out there, but, realistically, I know Lauren’s still a little too young for most of them.  The time will come.  In meantime, I’m working on a few age appropriate (for a 20 month old) ideas.  I’ll try to share some next week.