I love Dr. Seuss month and it’s coming up soon. There are so many skills you can work on using Dr. Seuss books so that you can also concentrate on other skills such as sensory, language and fine motor. Think of all the things you and your children can do when you combine reading the book either to them or with them and these accompanying activity or snack.
Reading~Literacy-Speech: Dr. Seuss books often have not only fun rhymes with interesting cadence, but nonsense words. Nonsense words are really important for language development because they can help you better gauge your child’s decoding ability and comprehension. Can they sound it out if they’ve never seen it before? Do they know that it is a nonsense word and not a real word? Even for older kids, there are things you can work on such as representation–does your child understand what a Lorax represents in society?
Sight~Vision: Dr. Seuss stories and activities often have illustrations with rich saturated colors and lots of contrast. Both of these are great for kids with compromised vision skills. They also contain fantasy or fictional creatures or items, which relates to the skills above. Does your child understand that they never will see a Lorax at the mall or at the park?
Hearing: Again, with the cadence and rhyming of the stories, you can have your child tap their leg or clap to the beat. Great way to introduce rhyming skills too.
Fine Motor: I have made sure that there are plenty of fine motor skills to work on in these activities. From assembling the snack to writing, lots of opportunity here. Putting a chocolate kiss on a pretzel or a marshmallow on a stick, it takes fine motor skills to do it.
Sensory: It is a sensory extravaganza! Touch, smell, taste, vision, hearing….these Dr. Seuss activities offer it all! From the jello in the One Fish Two Fish activity to the sugars and marshmallows in the other snacks…your child will be exposed to many different sensory experiences.
One Fish Two Fish snack: I put this one first because I think it is my favorite of the whole list, because it has everything! Sight, touch, taste, fine motor! From reading the book to making this snack, you can work on so many things. Even my typical child avoids the texture of Jello, so I can’t wait to see if he will eat this. Read: One Fish Two Fish.
Lorax T-Shirt: I like this because of it’s simplicity, kids can help and it has rich saturated colors. You can do fine motor with the cutting and applying yellow applique. Sensory in touching felt. Read: Lorax.
I love all the sensory and fine motor in this Plant a Truffala Tree activity. A nice reward for kids who love to get dirty and a nice bit of encouragement for those who have sensory aversions to dirt.
Lorax cookies made with Nutter Butters: Very cute, of course be aware that they are made with peanut butter. A little more advanced than most of the things I have here, but I took into consideration that a parent or teacher could do some of the prep work. If you like this more advanced type of activity, there is also a similar Horton Hears a Who and Lorax Marshmallow Pops. I’ll give them a shout out here but not featuring in a photo because they are more for a mom to do for a class party or something, not the type of activity for the audience I am targeting. Read: Lorax.
I love these Cat in the Hat pancakes. Easy to do and you can read Cat in the Hat in the morning or the previous night before bed. Your child will be exposed to many different flavors and textures with this breakfast treat.
Here is a slightly different version of the same cookies, using sugar instead of the Life Savers. (I’m going to do this one because my son can’t have the gummy lifesavers.
I hope that you and your kids have a blast with these Dr. Seuss activities for sensory and fine motor. I know I’m looking forward to it, not going to wait until March.
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