In preparation for Read Across America Day, we wanted to give you some ideas for games and activities that you can do if you’re planning a party. Other than reading, we wanted to come up with some ideas that are both fun and educational. As a result, we’ve come up with a list of fun games and activities that are easy for educators and parents to coordinate but fun enough for any child.
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
This game lets children explore their surroundings while using their creativity. To play this game, the players will need to explore a space, (a playground, classroom, house, etc.), and write down something that they find that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Tally up the scores by eliminating any duplicate answer. For example, if two or more players write down “flowers” for letter F, then that word does not count as a point. Only unique answers will count as points. At the end of the game, the player with most points will be the winner. Click the link below to download a free printable for this game.
Name that Book
For this game, you can read a line from Dr. Seuss books and the players will have to guess what the title of the book is. If you want to make it easy, you can make it multiple choice or make a list of possible answers. Another way to play would be to cover the title on your Dr. Seuss books and have players guess by the cover art of the book.
Real or Fake
Dr. Seuss books are known for the funny characters names. For this game, read to the players a pair of names, one that is an actual Seuss character and one that is not. Players will have to guess which is real and which is not. Another way to play would be to mix Dr. Seuss facts with fiction. Read aloud “facts” to the players and let them guess if it’s true or false. This way, the kids can learn a little more about this influential man.
Make a Birthday Card
Put out some cardstock or construction paper, stickers, glitter, glue and other craft items. Have the kids create their own birthday card to Dr. Seuss and write a special birthday poem on the inside. Since Seuss is known for his whimsical rhyming ability, why not encourage the children to take a page from his legacy and create one of their own. (Pun intended).
For prizes, you can give away books, stickers, Cat in the Hat hats (here) and other fun stuff! Do you have a great idea for a Dr. Seuss-themed party game? If so, share it with us by leaving a comment below!