Although Read Across America lands officially on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss is being celebrated throughout the month. If you’re a teacher or parent who is planning to host a Dr. Seuss themed party, then we’ve got some great ideas for you! From activities to food to games and more, you can host a great celebration to encourage children’s literacy. Whether you’re hosting a Read Across America party or a Dr. Seuss birthday party, these party tips are tons of fun!
Create a menu inspired by Dr. Seuss stories with fare like Green Eggs and Ham or goldfish crackers from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. You can even serve blue cotton candy to replicate the hairstyles of the Things from The Cat in the Hat.
Arts and Crafts
Create an arts and crafts station at your party. If you want to go a simpler route, you can print out Dr. Seuss coloring pages from PBSKids.org and leave them out for the kids to help themselves with. If you want the kids to do something a little more creative, you can have them make their own “Cat in the Hat” hat using construction paper and glue or create their own Thing 1 and Thing 2 using finger paint. Many other printables and arts and crafts ideas can be found here.
What’s a child’s favorite activity in the classroom? Story time, of course! To encourage reading, gather the children together to read a Dr. Seuss book. Make your delivery animated to keep the kids interested and engaged. Also, pick a book that is fun, yet not too long. We’re sure the children would like to have time to participate in all the activities! For extra heaps of fun, you can even form smaller groups and take turns acting out various Dr. Seuss stories!
Games are what most guests look forward to at a party. Get your little guests involved and excited by planning a variety of games for them to participate in. And don’t forget the prizes! Here are just a few of our favorites:
The Green Eggs and Ham Hunt – We found this game over at Obseussed.com immediately fell in love! Basically, you distribute green eggs that have words already written on them. Kids will have to find and match rhyming eggs in order to win the prize that’s inside. For more details on how the game is executed, click here.
Pin the Hat on the Cat – You can draw or print out separate pictures of the cat and the hat from The Cat in the Hat and have the kids take turns pinning the hat while blindfolded. Whoever gets closest wins the prize!
How Many Words Can You Create? – You can pick different words from some of your favorite Dr. Seuss books and get the children to write down as many words they can think of using the letters from that word. The child with the longest list of words gets a prize!
Create a fun photo booth using your favorite background and keep Dr. Seuss costume accessories around as props for your guests to use. This could keep guests entertained and provide a keepsake after the party. Check out our favorite Dr. Seuss accessories from the Pure Costumes website below.
With these creative ideas, you’re sure to get all the kids excited about learning! You can also take a look at our blog from last year or check out our Pinterest boards for more ideas on how to celebrate Read Across America Day with your kids. Also, if you have more great ideas for Read Across America, feel free to leave a comment for us below!