“The more that you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”- Dr. Seuss.
Many people, particularly students, parents and teachers gear up for Read Across America each year on March 2, commemorating the birthday of the legendary children’s book writer, Dr. Seuss. In honor of this national observation, many schools, libraries and community centers across the US participate in bringing people together to take part in reading and sharing books together, doing crafts and activities related to reading.
The observance was started by the National Education Association in order to get kids excited about reading. Athletes, teachers and politicians play leading roles in encouraging kids to take part in reading challenges to motivate kids into completing the challenges by coming up with crazy fun incentives, like coloring their teacher’s hair pink, or a dodge ball tournament with the school principle. We’ve come up with a list of our favorite activities and incentives to make this March a novel of a good time!
Dr. Seuss is recognized nationwide for his silly stories with creative characters. Why not dedicate a whole week, or a month to reading Seuss books and creating craft activities for each book!
* Create a printable for Thing One and Thing Two– Use a writing activity to engage kids to use their imagination “If Thing One and Thing Two came to my house…”
*Craft with Horton Hears a Who– Using pipe cleaner, fuzzy balls and glue, make a flower and print out Seuss quotes that students can share with each other to reflect which quote reminds them of each other.
* Oh The Places You’ll Go incentive jar- Motivate students to read a book with their parents or with each other- for each book the students get to place a mini pom pom in the jar. If the students fill the jar by the end of March, throw a pizza party or have a pajama day to celebrate with a Seuss movie!
* 10 Apples Up on Top– Create a book mark for kids by cutting out their picture, placing on colored paper (2 x 8 inches.) and place apples cut outs stacked on their picture with enough apples to spell each child’s name.
*DIY Photo Props for a Seuss Theme Party- Click here for easy an printable template to create your own Seuss Photo Booth Props.
*Hat Search- “Some hats are big, some hats are small. But how many hats are in the library in all”? This is an activity where kids can go on a hunt to find all the hats and whichever team or student wins first can pick the book to read, or win a special prize!
These are just a few of our favorites, let us know your ‘Read Across America’ plans in the comments section below!