Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Dr. Seuss Kind of Day

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Hey girls,

Do you know what's coming up on March 2nd?  No, not Ryan Gosling's next movie premiere or Brian Williams's next Late Night appearance.  It's Dr. Seuss's birthday!  

In searching for ideas to keep the kids busy this week (and survive) I was inspired by these:

1.  My friend Terese (who will definitely have to guest blog in the future) hosted a playdate and made these Dr. Seuss hat treats for the kids.  These are made using a toothpick and placing bananas and strawberries onto an  apple cutout.  
Snacks that are cute AND healthy!

2.  My mom, who is a teacher and is keenly aware of important dates like March 2, dropped this off for the kids.
Look, my mom ALSO likes to shop at Goodwill.
Based on the inspiration, I decided we would dedicate one of our vacation days to Dr. Seuss and celebrate his birthday.  In doing so, I told the kids to get one of their Seuss characters so he (the stuffed animal) could join us for our daily travels.  They chose the Grinch and had lots of fun taking him around town.

First, we went to the library to get some Dr. Seuss books.

The Grinch is LOVING the activity room in the kids' library.

After the library, we took a quick drive by the canal.

And, then we were off to Wegmans to buy some green eggs and ham for our dinner.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 rolling with the Grinch!

Of course Wegmans had its own Dr. Seuss display.  Why wouldn't they?

After Wegmans, we went home for lunch.  I made some cat-in-the-hat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I just cut the sandwiches into hats and then used a few pieces of fruit by the foot for the stripes.  I added some letter pretzels (we picked those up at Wegmans too) since Dr. Seuss is so big with language.  Then I plated it all on our best paper.

I asked the kids if anyone could spell the words "cat" or "hat."  I knew my six year old would have no problem doing this but I was curious if my four year old might be able to figure it out.  To my amazement, she did!!

We made crafts after lunch.  Basically I scrounged around to see what I could come up with and decided we would make little Lorax guys.  My kids LOVE the Lorax!  This wasn't to win an award for was just something to keep little ones busy.  Here's what we gathered:

We used:
-egg carton cut into little bells
-yellow / red paint (or if you have orange already...I did not)
-googly eyes
-yellow dot paint marker
-cotton ball

We painted our Lorax heads orange.  Actually we had a lesson in mixing colors first.  I told the kids I needed orange but didn't have the right paint so we experimented:

Once we had a shade we were happy with, the kids got to painting.

We let our guys dry before we tackled our next steps.  We poked a hole in the top of our Lorax to add string.  Then we glued on googly eyes (I drew mine) and added our eyebrows and mustaches.  We colored a small piece of a cotton ball using our yellow dot paint marker for the hair!  
Here's my daughter's Lorax.  She was so proud of him.

Incidentally, there are a ton of cute crafts on Pinterest too.  I found some online printables here. My kids would be happy just drawing a picture!

We spent the afternoon reading a few books we picked up from the library and watching a Cat in the Hat movie.  All in all, it was a great day.  I think we honored Dr. Seuss in just the right way.  

As I mentioned earlier, we finished our day by having green eggs and ham for dinner, along with the cute cat-in-the-hat kabobs.  And finally, birthday cake.  Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! Thank you for making reading fun and inspiring so many of us.  
Pretty sure I'm going to be drafted by Top Chef.  

Dressed for the occasion. Thanks Tumble Bumble Tots!  
Hope you and your crew get to celebrate Dr. Seuss.  Or, any great author for that matter.  Take advantage of your local library!  It's free! 

I meant what I said and I said what I meant, 

Note from Mrs. Williams:  I love your ideas, but love how you signed off on this note even more.  I guess there's a little Dr. Seuss in all of us!
Note from Mrs. Gosling:  I love your creativity and enthusiasm with little ones at Weggies & the Library.  You are a Rock Star!  The Dr. Seuss hats are so adorable and LORAX, what a guy!  Nice job Mrs. K & Co. 


Eric VanRaepenbusch said...

Wow! What a busy and FUN day! I love the Lorax egg cartons and the Cat in the Hat snacks!

I would love if you link up this post on my Countdown to Dr. Seuss's Birthday Linky:

I hope you stop by! Your ideas are fabulous! I will be pinning this post too!

Naptime Notebook said...

tx Eric!

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