Dr. Seuss Day!

Today is beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! Also keeping in line with Seuss’ encouragement of reading it is also Read Across America Day. Many classrooms will be taking part in celebrating by having read-a-thons or having special guests such as local authors come in to read to students. But here are some ways you can participate at home and help encourage the love of reading in children!

Celebrate at home:

  • A hour of reading– unplug, shut off the tv and electronics, silence your phone and just read with your kids for an hour. Have you child practice their reading skills with you by having them read aloud. Share a favorite book with them from your childhood. Time spent together like this will do nothing but benefit your child.
  • Visit the library– many libraries will have events going on like special story times or even a crafting event. Events at the library are fun and free. And while you’re there it’s a chance to check out books.
  • Crafting– so speaking of crafts there are so many crafts that are simple and great to celebrate the day. Pinterest is such a wonderful source for ideas, and there are so many simple ones to choose from if you’re not the fully crafty type like me. Like the plate mask I made in the past with my kiddos.

    Cat in the Hat paper plate mask

  • Character Dress Up– this can be for at home or even for school, as with for my children who’s school was having a Seuss’ themed Character Dress Up Day. You could really do a few different ways with this as you could stick only to Dr Seuss books or do any storybook character. My daughter’s school has done a few different versions of this on Read Across America Day and has had a Whoville dress up day before around the holidays. This year though they went with choosing your favorite Seuss character. I was little nervous about this but it ended up being really simple and fun! We made all the masked/accessories/headbands out of cardstock paper or firm felt. The kids wore solid colors to help with the “costumes” and I personally think they turned out great! There are so many character ideas to be found with a simple google search or my favorite on Pinterest, that it can be really no hassle to do.

    Simple Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax Character Dress Up for Dr. Seuss Day

Celebrate at UCSD

California University of San Diego has a yearly celebration on March 2nd in honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known more famously as Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel was a long time resident of La Jolla and even has much of his artwork, manuscript drafts, sketches, books, photographs, memorabilia and more in a Collectionat UCSD as well as a the Geisel Library named in his honor. (The Dr. Seuss Collection is usually only on display around his birthday and during the summer) Come on down to the Geisel Library and celebrate Dr. Seuss 113th Birthday with cake, seussian musical entertainment, an inflatable Cat in the Hat and see part of the Dr. Seuss Collection! For more information on this event visit ucsdnews.ucsd.edu

No matter how you choose to celebrate today it’s a great day to spark a love of reading in your children. Have a very fun seussian day!

Cruzin Mama

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FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning

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Every Saturday Lakeshore Learning offers a FREE Craft for Kids. The craft is for children ages 3 and up and all supplies are provided. No reservations are necessary and crafting is from 11am to 3pm. My family has attended a few of these and they have had a great time making some fun little crafts. So if you are in the area of a Lakeshore Learning store try and stop by during craft time.

October Craft Schedule

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October 11th, come and make Fire Safety Fido for your junior Firefighters.

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October 18th, come and make a Bunny Reading Pointer to help your little readers keep their place while reading.

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October 25th, get in the Halloween spirit by making a Spooky Sweats Holder.

November Craft Schedule

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November 1st, celebrate fall with a Scarecrow Puppet craft.

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November 8th, come and make a Harvest Headdress.

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November 15th, come and make a Family Tree and add photos of your family to it.

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November 22nd, get ready for Thanksgiving with this fun craft a Giving Thanks Centerpiece.

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November 29th, come and make a Cool Catch Penguin game.

Have fun crafting!

Cruzin Mama

October Michaels Kids Club Crafts

All images from classes.michaels.com

All images from classes.michaels.com

Saturday mornings Michaels Craft Stores offers kids craft classes. The Kids Club classes are for children ages 3 and up and all supplies are included. Classes do cost $2 which covers the supplies and the time with the instructor. Class sizes are limited so it is best to resister ahead of time but they do take walk-ins when space is available.

 

October Kids Club

  • Hand Painted Halloween RocksOctober 4th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Mummy MadnessOctober 11th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Fun Frankenstein MaskOctober 18th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Halloween FunOctober 25th – Crafting treat bags, face painting, candy, and spooktacular parade! 10 to 10:30am image

My little family went this last Saturday for the special Family Craft. We made a fun Halloween banner. The crafts are fun and simple. Best of all no worries about making a mess in your own home.

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Have a spooktacular time crafting!

Cruzin Mama

Kids Crafts at Michaels

All images from classes.michaels.com

All images from classes.michaels.com

Saturday mornings Michaels Craft Stores offers kids craft classes. The Kids Club classes are for children ages 3 and up and all supplies are included. Classes do cost $2 which covers the supplies and the time with the instructor. Class sizes are limited so it is best to resister ahead of time but they do take walk-ins when space is available.

September Kids Club

  • Team Spirit Pom Poms –September 13th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Stem Picture Frame –September 20th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Leaves on Canvas –September 27th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Family Craft TimeSeptember 27 – Fun Fall themed craft for the whole family to make. Class is from 12 to 3pm image

My little ones attended the Summer craft series -Passport to Imagination- and loved it. We went to at least one class a week and the instructor was very kind and took time to help each child. Some crafts over Summer did require my help with my toddler but other than that there was no issues. This is great inexpensive fun!

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Have fun crafting!

Cruzin Mama