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Dr. Seuss Activities: Wacky Wednesday Ideas, Zoo Game & Idioms

Enjoy these Dr. Seuss activities that include Wacky Wednesday ideas, a Create Your Own Zoo Game and learning about idioms.

Earlier this month, we shared some fun facts and resources about Dr. Seuss

Being such a fan of Seuss books, I had a difficult time choosing only one for this post.  In fact, on our library visit this week, I found a newly published story that I never read as a child which was a treat!

So explore some fun ways to turn these awesome Dr. Seuss books into hands-on activities.  Plus, you'll find 165 more activities that pair with Dr. Seuss books!

 

Dr. Seuss Activities: Wacky Wednesday Ideas, Zoo Game & Idioms

There are 3 key skills that kids learn when reading Dr. Seuss books:

  1. Observation skills
  2. Enhancing imagination and creativity
  3. Learning about morals and values

So, we chose to feature a few book and activity idea for each of these areas.  We're including affiliate links for each of the books we featured along with other fun Dr. Seuss items we know you'll love!

 

Wacky Wednesday Ideas

We used Wacky Wednesday to highlight ways that you rkids can enhance their observation skills.

Observation skills can be a big part of how children learn about the world around them. If you're trying to teach your child to slow down and take in what they see, use our Animal Observation Activities (with free printable journal) to help them learn to focus, listen & observe.

 

This is such a funny book to read and also one of the original 'I Spy' type of stories.  As you read Wacky Wednesday, have your kids try to find all of the crazy things that were happening throughout the story.  (I'll be honest, there was one page that even I couldn't identify all of the wacky things!).  And there are a few things in the book that will look out-of-the-ordinary to our kids (such as the corded telephones) which lend to a discussion about what objects are in fact regular items.

When we finished the story, my daughter and I each took turns setting up some 'wacky' things around the house for one another to find.

 

Wacky Wednesday Ideas for Dr Seuss activities

What! There's a shoe on the wall!

This one is a MUST since that's how the book begins.  I just removed an item from our front wall and hung the shoe on a nail. 

If the item you remove is non-breakable, then put it with the other shoe :-)

 

Dr Seuss activities - Wacky Wednesday Ideas

Another big theme when we 'wackied' a room -- turning things upside down! 

Upside down soap, upside down clocks on the bedstand, upside down decorations... 

You can really have some fun with this one. 

 

Fun ideas for Wacky Wednesday game!

When I went out to get the mail, I put on my flipflops and not my boots since we have snow on the ground. 

One of the themes in Wacky Wednesday is "going against the norm".

If it's nice where you are, you might wear your boots on a sunny day (I know it's not wacky for kids to dress this way but it is for parents ;). 

Or consider putting your coat on inside out or upside down.  Maybe wear a mitten on your head and a scarf around your leg.

Don't be normal on Wacky Wednesday!

 

Use Wacky Wednesday to help kids get creative!My daughter loved this - think about things that you can switch around. 

She came up with "comb your teeth and brush (with a toothbrush) your hair".  You can also try "eat with a straw and drink with a fork".

Here's a few other Wacky Wednesday ideas (and of course, create your own!):

  • Put the bed pillows at the bottom of the bed instead of at the top
  • Serve dessert before dinner
  • Turn the glasses and dishes upside down when you set the table
  • Move socks to the shirt drawer and shirts to the sock drawer
  • Turn all your stuffed animals on their head

Try to set up some very obvious things and have others be a little more difficult to find so your kids can really practice their observation skills.

 

Zoo Game to Encourage Creativity & Imagination

Dr. Seuss is the master of creating new words and encouraging readers to really stretch their imagination. 

I so love this about his books and illustrations! 

Our kids just don't get enough time and opportunities to use their creative thinking skills. Open-ended activities like this DIY Tinker Box or this Zentangle Rock craft are great ways to get your kids thinking & creating on their own.

We chose 2 books that highlight creativity and imagination:  

 

If I Ran the Zoo is a classic -- Gerald McGrew visits the zoo and dreams about what the zoo would be like if he were zookeeper.  The story introduces so many imaginative animals (you just have to admire how Seuss came up with all these amazing names!)

If you have kids who love Dr. Seuss & animals, be sure to see our list of 40 Animal Habitat Projects with the Cat in the Hat!

 

And Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! gives the reader some insight into how you can use your imagination to be creative.  One of the keys is the rhyming text found in so many of Dr. Seuss' stories.

 

Create Your Own Zoo Game

Using rhyming words and creative thinking, you can create your own zoo just like Gerald McGrew.

We listed 10 animals that can be found at the zoo in Column One. 

In the next column, create rhyming words for each of the animals.  Try to think of words that aren't real words. 

And then in the third column, list some of the prominent features of the animal.

Print your own Zoo board and get started!

 

If I Ran the Zoo printable-page-001

 

Here's an example of one of our animals:

Animal                    Rhyming Words                            Animals Features

Lion                    Bion, Frion, Mion, Pion               Lots of hair, mane, loud roar

So, in our zoo, we have "a Frion with hair that's as long as his tail". 

Or you can think about the opposite when creating your new animal -- "a Pion that's quiet as a mouse, with ears as big as a house".

Have some fun with your kids and see what types of animals they can create!

 

Learning Morals & Values

As with so many children's books, Seuss stories can also convey morals and values to the reader. 

Books are a great way to begin some discussions about what's important to us and allow kids to learn more about how to interact with others.

 

One of the most famous of Seuss tales in this category is The Sneetches and Other Stories.  Kids will learn that you shouldn't treat people differently just because of how they look. 

Another newly released story that discusses values is The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories.  This is a short story that was just recently published in book form so it may be new to you. 

It's a wonderful tale about a duck who finds a magic seed and learns that his wishes will be granted.  At first, he thinks he'll wish for enough food for a week.  But then, he begins to expand on his wishes to include a whole host of unnecessary items. 

I'll let you read the story to find out what happens but let's just say that it conveys the lesson of "don't count your chickens before they're hatched". 

 

Idioms: Discuss Values & Common Phrases

Matching an idiom to the story helps children to learn about some of the phrases and language that adults use that may seem a little odd to them. 

Kids usually don't understand some common phrases such as "knock on wood" or "It's all Greek to me".  I'm sure your kids have asked you "What does that mean?" when you used a common idiom -- like 'It's raining cats & dogs'.

You can visit the Idiom Site to learn the meanings of more than 100 commonly used phrases.

 

Looking for more Dr. Suess Ideas?

These are fun games to use in the car, classroom or at home!

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Card Game

Dr. Seuss Charades Game

 

     

 

Planning for a Dr. Seuss event?

Here are a few fun items for your reading celebration:

 

        

Kids would love using Dr. Seuss Oh the Places You'll Go! Pencils with this fun collection of  Dr. Seuss(TM) Little Notebooks!  These will encourage writing & can be used during a creative game session. 

And a new items this year:  Dr. Seuss mini book erasers that are perfect for a growth mindset focus (because every, even Dr. Seuss, makes mistakes).

Another wonderful reading-related item are these Dr. Seuss Incentive Bookmarks which are perfect if you have kids who are beginning to read Dr. Seuss books (sometimes they don't have time to get through the entire book in one sitting so these can hold their spot!)

And don't miss our Dr. Seuss Science series for lots more activities!

Exploring Habitats with the Cat in the Hat

55 Science Activities with the Cat in the Hat

 

cat in the hat science activities

Browse the links below to find some amazing activities, crafts and ideas for many Dr. Seuss books - thanks for reading with us!

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Comments

 
Guest - Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories on Monday, 18 February 2013 21:40

These are such great ideas! I think we will need to have Wacky Wednesday to work on our observation skills.

These are such great ideas! I think we will need to have Wacky Wednesday to work on our observation skills.
Guest - Jackie Higgins on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:46

Great book choices and activities. I love the rhyming zoo! We also did Wacky Wednesday. I love the idea of setting up a wacky wednesday in your home!

Great book choices and activities. I love the rhyming zoo! We also did Wacky Wednesday. I love the idea of setting up a wacky wednesday in your home!
Guest - Erica @ What Do We Do All Day? on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 23:17

My kids would love Wacky Wednesday. Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf.

My kids would love Wacky Wednesday. Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf.
Guest - Debs on Monday, 25 February 2013 23:13

Fun Post! Lots of great ideas. Thanks for linking it to Tuesday Tots. I’ll be featuring it on my site this Tuesday. Have a great day

Fun Post! Lots of great ideas. Thanks for linking it to Tuesday Tots. I’ll be featuring it on my site this Tuesday. Have a great day
Guest - The Iowa Farmer's Wife on Saturday, 02 March 2013 05:31

Great ideas!! So much fun! I love your daughter's idea of combing her teeth and toothbrushing her hair! :) Featuring your post tomorrow on the Sunday Showcase!

Great ideas!! So much fun! I love your daughter's idea of combing her teeth and toothbrushing her hair! :) Featuring your post tomorrow on the Sunday Showcase!
Guest - Chinchu Ko on Saturday, 01 March 2014 21:33

I love your creative teaching. Your teaching not only inspires students' creative but also encourage them to adventure.

I love your creative teaching. Your teaching not only inspires students' creative but also encourage them to adventure.
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