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Wearing Masks: A Dr. Seuss Approach

Updated on July 20, 2020
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The Cat In The Hat Knows
The Cat In The Hat Knows

When and where to wear!

Check out the following rhyme with a Dr. Seuss flare! A fun way to help kids comprehend the wearing of masks! They get confused with covered faces and the distancing in our world today. A poem can explain that in this season a mask keeps them safe and protects others.

While important to breathe in fresh air! There is a need to teach kids that, for now, we need to create some distance when in larger groups. To make it a little less daunting, try using this fun poem to start a conversation.

Children get it, with less argument, when led by example. Teach them that fun and safety is the goal! Let our response be positive and remember to choose kindness. Help them see we are better when working together to find solutions. This is a simple task to move forward. When asked, please wear the mask!

Everyone is doing it!
Everyone is doing it!

I hope this helps some of the confusion this is a fun way to teach the kids.

Wearing Masks a Dr. Seuss Approach:
Do I wear it in the car?
No, you don’t wear it in a car

Do I wear it on a hike?
No, you don’t wear it on a hike.

Do I wear it on my bike?
No need to wear it on your bike.

Do I wear it if I can?
Yes, in groups where many stand.

Do I wear them here or there?
Yes, if spraying in the air.

Not in a car.
Not on a hike.
But where groups stand.
And if you can!

Do I wear it on a plane?
Yes, space is tight.
Though it’s a pain.

Do I wear them all the time?
Use your head.
And you’ll be fine.

Do people need to be so - mean?
No, they don’t, just be a team.

Can we get into some trouble?
Yes, the consequence is sometimes double.

Do you think that this is fair?
No, but this will pass with care.

Do I wear it at my school?

Well, anywhere, that it’s the rule.

See, social distance is the plan,

6ft apart as best you can.

We must do this for a while.

Even though it is a trial.

For those places far apart.
No need to wear it from the start.
But have one in your pocket, please.
In case, your body wants to sneeze.

Do it so we can move on.
Do it so this won't take long.
But remember who you are.
Love the people near and far.

We do not need them all the time.
We do not need them everywhere.
Remember that we will be fine.
Just educate for when to wear!

Just for a while longer hang in there!

Hope this helps!

I hope this helps explain some confusion about masks. The world is re-opening! There is a kind way of sharing a point. I tried and use a Dr. Seuss infused approach. I have lived well for years with a compromised immune system. By taking precautions and enjoying life, and I know, we can get back to living. But just like anything, there is a phase of change. Wearing a mask is what we need to do for now. Be a part of the solution and we will get through this season together.

  • Mask up - when in larger groups and/or if compromised.

  • Wear them in hospitals and or public transportation.

  • Use them in public places and if ill.

  • 6 feet apart is the rule for now. Wear a mask where it’s posted.

  • If we follow the guidelines, will get there together

  • Show kindness to others.

We don’t need people to be nasty about this mask situation. Rather encourage one another to follow the rules until they change. Some will be violent and disruptive in the community, and this makes it worse for everyone. Let’s engage in peaceful conversations about how to get back to life. Everyone is emotional about losses and tough life situations. We get it! I promise we do! As kind people living in a crisis. The way to heal is by loving one another, trusting, and trying to act according to the Love Letter God gave us.

© 2020 Kathy Henderson


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    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      2 months ago from Pa

      Thanks Dora -

      Trying to make it a little less scary for the kiddos using a poem to explain the wearing of masks.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Very helpful. I'm sure the kids will like the format, and remember and even recite some of the lines. Well done!

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      Kathy Henderson 

      2 months ago from Pa

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan

      So good to see you. Thank you, and I do hope it helps explain to little the little ones.

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      2 months ago from Pa


      Yes, the family time has been a blessing. Getting back to basics and helping others has been a blessing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Love it! And I'm sure lots of children will love it too.

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      greg cain 

      2 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Thank you, Kathy. We are truly making the most of our together time, and learning to appreciate one another every single day. Be well and be safe yourself.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      2 months ago

      I love this poem Kathy which we can all benefit from. It also makes the wearing of a mask less frightening for kids and reminds us adults that they are absolutely necessary in the situations you have mentioned. A fun filled poem with a great message.

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      2 months ago from Pa


      Thanks, just trying to share the mask issues in a fun way.

      Take care and stay safe out there.

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      2 months ago from Pa


      Thanks, that was my hope, a fun way to share with families and friends and educate the when and where of mask rules. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Just trying to put a fun spin on tough topics.

      Take care and enjoy that family of yours!

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      greg cain 

      2 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Kathy - this is great! I just read it aloud to my family. I love the whimsical, lyrical way you made the mask words come out and play. We will all get through this...and much the easier if we work together at it. Nicely done.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your poem is lovely, Kathy. I love your creativity and the idea of using poetry in the style of Dr. Suess to discuss the use of masks.

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      2 months ago from Pa

      Eric -

      Thanks, I felt a nice little break down might help. Especially for those super scared about this. We have a sweet friend who has spent much time making masks for people in the community. It is fun to wear different ones. Like helmets, there can be cool designs to make it fun.

      Take Care and stay well. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really cool. Seems I am constantly swapping one mask for another, I like folks joining me ;-) My wife proclaimed I was wearing my happy mask this morning and we all got a chuckle.


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