Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dr. Seuss in the Preschool Classroom

Dr. Seuss Curriculum Ideas

Dr. Seuss birthday is coming up! It’s March 2nd! He would have been 110! In my preschool classroom over the past several years we have celebrated this great author and illustrator's birthday. Leading up to his birthday and beyond we read his amazing books and do many fun curriculum activities inspired by his stories.

Here’s some examples of Dr. Seuss activities we have done in our classroom:

1) Sensory Activity: Bartholomew and the Oobleck:
A student having fun with the oobleck

After reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck we made our own oobleck in the classroom!

Here's the super easy recipe:

1 1/2 cup of Corn Starch
1 cup of water
Optional food coloring (we used green like the story)
Mix it

Our kiddos really love oobleck, it's messy to clean up when you want to get rid of it but it actually does not get that messy when they are playing with it. We put our oobleck into clear small bins so each child was able to individually play with it. 

We add fun items to it like little gems, little animals, etc.

Check out a great blogpost about this idea here: 

2)Sensory Activity: "Green Egg" Slime:

Here we made "Green Egg" Slime! The kiddos had a great time making this and wanted to play with day after day! They  made great connections to the story "Green Eggs and Ham" while using this slime.

I usually eye-ball making slime and just mix the glue and starch together until it feels rights. However, here is a recipe:

2 cups white glue
1 cup liquid starch


Mix together with hands. Keep kneading until it forms a silly putty like ball. Will take a few minutes of kneeding before the wetness goes away.

If it is wet and starch is not bonding, add more glue. If it is sticky, add more starch. Keep kneading until it forms a silly putty ball.

Store in an air tight container in refrigerator.

3) Math Activity: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Math 

 Here we read "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" and then made patterns using rainbow goldfish crackers and the goldfish pattern grids from Prekinders. If you would like a copy of the Prekinders grids we use and other fun fish cracker math click here:

4) Art Activity: Create Dr. Seuss Characters

Here we used all different art materials to create "Dr. Seuss Characters". We placed various pipe cleaners in vibrant colors along with pom poms, various writing materials, googly eyes, etc. on the table but the children were encouraged to use any art supplies they could find in our writing area. We had a lot of Truffula Trees and Thing 1 and Thing 2s! All the children were really creative with this!

More Dr. Seuss ideas to come soon! Happy Planning!

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