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!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
March 2nd is the beloved children’s authors birthday. And there are so many events and ways to help celebrate! So I thought I should share them.
- Lakeshore Learning – Saturday February 28th, 11am to 3pm come craft, enjoy storytime, and play! Click here to see more info.
- White Park/Dales Senior Center(Riverside) – Hats Off to Dr Seuss is a special event happening Monday March 2nd from 11am to 1pm. Celebrate the day with a special brunch and donate a new or gently used book to children in need.
- Barnes and Noble – Come to a very fun storytime on March 7th at 7pm (make to verify event details with your local store). There will also be activities featuring The Cat in the Hat, Oh,The Places You’ll Go!, and Green Eggs and Ham.
- San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum – The Children’s Discovery Museum located in Escondido will be hosting a Read Across America Event on March 2nd from 10am to Noon. This program is apart of the museums KPBS Kids Workshops that are offered at the museum. The event features a Dr Seuss themed storytime with a special Character guest, who will also be giving away Dr. Seuss books.
- UCSD Library – not only does the library hold many original works of Theodor Seuss Geisel(Dr. Seuss) there is as well as sketches and drawings for his unpublished projects now there. The library is closed March 2nd in observance of his birthday but will be hosting a party on March 3rd at Noon.
Places to Visit
- Local Library – stop by your local library and read the classic stories. Also check to see of the library is hosting any special events. My local library is all decorated with Dr Seuss’ famous characters and quotes.
- UCSD Library – as mentioned above the UCSD library is home to many of Seuss’ original works as well as sketches and drawings of his unpublished works.
- Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss – this is a special exhibit on display at the San Diego History Center until December 31, 2015. Step into the world of Dr. Seuss and enjoy some fun family activities.
At Home Fun!
Here are some fun ideas to celebrate in your own way at home.
- Dress up! – why not make the day a Storybook Character dress up day. It’s a great way to see who your child’s favorite storybook character is and to encourage learning in a fun way.
- Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast – have a very fun and creative breakfast inspired by the Seuss classic. There are plenty of recipes on Pinterest if help is needed.
- Read-A-Thon – read as many Seuss classics as you can or just as many books as you can. Make it a fun game with a little prize/reward. This will encourage your child to read more and makes learning fun.
- Go to Seussville – this is a great place to find Dr Seuss inspired activities, games, videos, and printables. Visit Seussville by going to seussville.com
Have a great time celebrating!
*Also be sure to check out the never-before-seen new picture book by Dr. Seuss What Pet Should I Get.*
My little guy loved the octopus craft.
Every Saturday Lakeshore Learning offers a FREE craft for kids. The craft is held from 11am to 3pm and is geared for children ages 3 and up. This is a fun way to check out all the learning tools Lakeshore has to offer while your little ones can keep busy with a fun craft. For me this is perfect for my son who is at the preschool age now but is not currently attending a school. I take advantage of this free craft for him to learn techniques such as following directions, pasting, matching, and letting his creativity thrive. Be sure to check out the free craft days! View the free kids craft schedule below and be sure to click here to find a store nearest you.
February Kids Crafts
- Uncle Sam’s U.S. Mask
- Roar-A-Lot Lion Puppet
- Hats Off Pencil Holder
February Special Events
Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Lakeshore Learning on Saturday February 28th! This event will be going on along with the Free Kids Craft from 11am until 3pm. There will also be a bonus craft this day along with hourly storytimes.