Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up on March 2 (also known as Read Across America Day)! This is a fun day filled with rhymes, imaginative worlds, and quirky creatures. Want to celebrate but don’t know where to start?
Dive into the world of Dr. Seuss with these 5 ways to celebrate his birthday this year with your children.
1. Read Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Classics
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, what better way to celebrate than by reading a few of his classics with your children? With over 60 books to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down your favorites. Our top recommended reads include “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat” (of course!), “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
2. Make a Seussical Craft
Dr. Seuss was all about imagination, so crafting is the perfect way to celebrate his day. Paint, draw, or color in your favorite characters or worlds. If you’re in need of inspiration, there are plenty of Dr. Seuss themed crafts online! We always love a good handprint craft, so we recommend trying this “Cat in the Hat” themed handprint art!
3. Write a poem or Story Together
Anyone can rhyme if you’ll just take the time.
Practice your writing, there’s no point in hiding.
Ask your children to chime in or let them begin.
Imaginations go wild when you think like a child.
So go ahead, write a line; write two or write nine.
Come up with your best story in all its glory.
Create with your kid, you’ll be so glad you did.
4. Bake Dr. Seuss a Birthday Cake
How else would you celebrate a birthday? A birthday cake is the best way to commemorate the life and imagination of Dr. Seuss. Head to Pinterest for some inspiration, or create your own from scratch. Bake two round cakes and stack them, then use icing to decorate it with stripes like the “Cat in the Hat” hat. Or bake cupcakes and use frosting to make the Lorax’s face. Whatever you decide to make doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty, it just needs to be fun for everyone involved!
5. Dress up as Dr. Seuss Characters
Whether for school or for play, dress up for this fun day! Dressing up like the characters from a Dr. Seuss book is the most fun. We’ve seen Cindy Lou Who’s with bottles on top of their heads, Thing 1 and Thing 2’s with little tutus, and Foxes in Socks in all red with blue socks on their hands! When you dress up together, you can act out one of the books, or let the imagination run wild with play.
Whether you get creative and crafty or simply stick to reading your favorite books, you really can’t go wrong. After all, this day is all about getting children excited about reading, so however you accomplish that makes it all worth it.
Do you have your own ideas to share for Dr. Seuss’ birthday? Make sure to share them with us on Facebook by tagging @TheSunshineHouse 😊