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10 Best Dr. Seuss Books and Activities
Review of Best Children's Books and Extension Activities to Go With Them
Learning should be fun!
Dr. Seuss intended it that way! Dr. Seuss, otherwise known as Theodore Seuss Geisel (born March 2, 1904), is a well known children's book author who created joy wherever his books are read. Dr. Seuss has published 44 books that have been adored by millions of children and their parents. Here you will find a list of mine and my children's top favorites to read, as well as some activities to enhance the experience for your child.
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Extension activities are used to enhance the learning experience of reading a book... plus it's fun!
Appropriate books for your child
How do you choose?
First of all, you can never go wrong with a Dr. Seuss book! They are fun for all ages and never go out of style. What you want to look for when deciding on a Dr. Seuss book are: 1) durability, 2) length, and 3) content.
Durability: A board book is best for a child under the age of 3. For obvious reasons, they like to tear pages and stick everything in their mouth!
Length: A child under 5 might not have the patience to sit through a 40 page Dr. Seuss book. Even though the pictures are great and the words are funny!
Content: There are some books that you may not be okay with reading to your child. Make sure you read it first to approve it. Also, you want to know what content is in the book so that you can use extension activities and other educational tools to enhance their learning experience.
So, if you feel like you have a child with a short attention span (or likes to eat pages), and you really like the book Fox in Socks, then buy the board book. Board books are a shorter version of the original book, but still have great content!
#10 Ten Apples Up On Top - Hey now, look at me, I have three apples up on me!
This book features a dog, tiger, and a lion all competing to see who can stack all their apples up on their head. My children like this book a lot. They like to pretend that they are one of the characters in the book and be the "winner," whoever has the most apples up on top. It's also a great way to encourage counting!
Activities to Enjoy with Ten Apples Up On Top
Stack 'em Up!
1. Make an apple inspired treat
2. Finger paint an apple tree or paint with an apple
3. Play a game with apples
4. Teach them to count
5. Play follow the leader or simon-says
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#9: ABC Book - Big A, Little a, What begins with A?
It's always a good idea to teach your kids their ABC's! Why not let Dr. Seuss help you do it? I really enjoy this book because it gives fun words that start with a letter. It keeps a child entertained while learning.
Activities to Enjoy with the ABC Book
Now I know my ABCs
1. Sign as you sing the Alphabet song
2. Do a letter of the day
3. Alphabet snacks
4. Look around your house for things that start with the letter you are working on
5. Display their worksheets around their bedroom to see every day.
Image thanks to Pink Sherbet Photography
Alphabet Resources - The alphabet is everywhere!
This is a great DVD for ages 9 months to 5 years. It's fun and exciting for children, and has a great success rate, my son included!
A more hands-on approach to learning the alphabet and spelling.
#8: Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now - The time has come, the time is now!
I really enjoy this book, especially as a child. It has a great story line, all throughout the book I'm trying to figure out why they want Marvin K, Mooney to go. I also love the pictures in this book, as usual, Dr. Seuss has a knack for imagination.
Activities for Marvin K. Mooney
and for you and your child
1. Play 20 questions to guess the mode of transportation.
2. Take your child on an adventure in transportation they've never been in, i.e. bus, taxi, train, trolley.
3. See who can name the most ways that Marvin (or you) can leave.
4. Talk about reasons why the person might want Marvin to go.
5. Be theatrical! Dr. Seuss gives you a great script, run with it!
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If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.
#7: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish - Say! What a lot of fish there are.
This fun rhyming book teaches children about counting, colors, sizes, and emotions. Great book for early learners!
Activities for One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Fishy Fun with one Fishy Dr. Seuss book
1. Make fishy arts and crafts
2. Make blue Jell-O jigglers with a red swedish fish in the middle.
3. Use paint to decorate a fish bowl for a new pet fish.
4. Print some fishy worksheets.
5. Get moving with these great fish games
Image thanks to HikingArtist.com
#6: Oh, The Thinks You Can Think - Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try
I love that this book encourages children in their creativity and imagination. A really fun book!
Activities for Oh, The Thinks You Can Think
Using your Noggin
1. Give your child a journal to write their thoughts, or a sketchbook for those who can't write yet.
2. Play games that will get them thinking, i.e. hide and seek, etc.
3. Make up a story together. The wackier the better!
4. Do a kid-safe science experiment
5. Create a new recipe together.
Image thanks to Pink Sherbet Photography
#5: The Cat in the Hat - Lots of good fun, if you wish.
Who doesn't know about The Cat in The Hat? This is probably the most well-known Dr. Seuss book. As always with Dr. Seuss, children get immersed in the imagination of possibilities. All children need to read this book and it is a great started book when learning how to read.
Activities for Cat in The Hat
and other kinds of Hat Tricks
There are so many ideas on this website I found, I thought I'd share it with you. There is a large list of games, crafts, etc.
#4: Green Eggs and Ham - Would you, could you?
This popular book is loved by many. It really gets the children's mind working about the possibilities of their actually being green eggs and ham!
Green Eggs and Ham Recipe
Green Eggs and Ham Resources - I do! I like them, Sam-I-Am!
#3: Fox in Socks - Here's an easy game to play, here's an easy thing to say.
It's a tongue-twister for sure!
Keep up with the good work, you'll get the hang of it.
Activities for Fox in Socks
#2: Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? - Moo Moo Buzz Buzz Pop Pop Klopp
This book is so much fun to read. All the sounds that you and your child can make together can be quite a hoot! The way it all sounds together at the end is simply genius.
Activities for Mr Brown, Can Moo Can You
Moo Activities for Mr. Brown and you
1. Make silly sounds and dream up characters to go with them.
2. Form a band of crazy sounds and have a marching band around the house, or town, whichever you choose.
3. Visit a zoo or farm.
4. Play the "quiet game" (every mom's favorite game) and listen to the sounds around you.
5. Take turns drawing on the same piece of paper to create a funny character.
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#1: In a People House - What can you find in a people house?
This is my first choice of book because my father read it to me just about every night when I was a child. It will forever be remembered in my heart.
(I couldn't find a board book for this one on Amazon)
Activities to Enjoy In a People House
Lots of people house fun!
1. A great way to teach children to read is to label the commonly used items in your house. Label them in a couple languages if you like!
2. Build a fort with a few household items, i.e. blankets, chairs, boxes, etc.
3. Play a game while doing housework. Children love to sing while doing this.
4. Go on a scavenger hunt around the house. Mix it up by telling them to find things that start with a certain letter.
5. Play knock-knock jokes and riddles to help them understand what some things do in your people house.
6. Make a fire-escape and safety plan in your home. Have fun while doing a mock run of it.
Best Dr. Seuss Book
Which book do you think is the best?
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