One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish…
Tuesday, March 2nd marks Dr. Seuss’s Birthday! It’s also known as National Read Across America Day, so naturally at Join the StoryBox it’s one of our favorite days to celebrate!
Here are our favorite ways to celebrate the wonderful author who wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books in his life:
- Eat Green Eggs & Ham
“I do not like them Sam I am, I do not like Green Eggs and Ham.” If they aren’t already familiar with this fun story, introduce it to your child and then serve up a special meal. Use green food coloring to make “green eggs”, add a little ham on the side, and a super fun breakfast is served!
2. Rhyming Challenge
Dr. Seuss books are notorious for being filled with the most amazing rhymes! Improve your child’s phonological awareness skills by asking him or her to complete a “rhyme challenge” throughout the day. You’ll name an object around you and your child has to see how many words he or she can come up with that rhyme with your word. Challenge your child to set a number as a goal and see if he or she can reach that.
3. Make a Cat in the Hat hat
The Cat in the Hat‘s tall red and white striped hat is one of the most recognizable children’s literary symbols. Get creative with the materials in your own home to help your child create their own Cat in the Hat hat. Some ideas? Cover a hat with red and white felt, or use a paper plate for the base and layer strips of red and white construction paper in circles above it!
4. Have a Birthday Party
Get out your party supplies and throw a birthday party in honor of the beloved Dr. Seuss! Planning what materials to take out, following directions to set them up as decorations, and exposure to birthday-related vocabulary words can be a great, fun way to boost your child’s receptive and expressive language skills. Ask your child to choose a few of their own favorite books (written by Dr. Seuss or any author) to bring to the party. Read your child’s books and talk about why he or she enjoys them so much!
5. Go “Fishing”
To help your child learn to name and identify colors, help him or her to draw and then cut out different colored fish (just like in the Dr. Seuss book, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Write numbers on each one. Put velcro or glue dots on each one, and on the end of a stick (to serve as a “fishing pole”). Ask your child to try and “fish” for the color or number that you name! Or, your child can get whichever fish they want and then name the color and number on it!
And of course, celebrate this day that’s also known as Read Across America Day by reading your favorite Join the Story Box books with your little ones throughout the day!
Amy Yacoub, MS, CCC-SLP | Speech Pathologist
Proud Member of The Story Box Family