Dr. Seuss Activities for Kids

Instructor: Nicky Davis
The fun of Dr. Seuss stories doesn't have to end when the book is finished! Check out this article to find classroom activities inspired by the works of Dr. Seuss, as well as educator resources to help when teaching literacy.

Dr. Seuss Inspired Activities for Kids

Full of rhymes and fanciful characters, the world of Dr. Seuss is rich with possibilities for fun classroom activities. Try out some of the activities in the list below, and then use these ideas to get inspired for more Seuss-themed lessons.

Bartholomew and The Oobleck Activity

Use this wacky weather story to get kids' imaginations going! Have each student create their own recipe for Oobleck, the substance that Dr. Seuss's wizards create to replace the rain. For every Oobleck recipe they come up with, have students explain what the side effects of this new weather might be on the city and the environment.

If you're looking for more weather-related lessons, check out Weather for Elementary School, a resource that explores rainbows, tornadoes and more through short video lessons.

The Sneetches Machine Game

Get students moving and collaborating to create Sylvester McMonkey McBean's Star-On/Star-Off machine from The Sneetches, using only their bodies. Adding on one student at a time, each student can become a different part of the machine by making and repeating a specific sound and/or gesture. When all the students work simultaneously, they bring the machine to life. Give each student a chance to 'go through' the machine! To add to this activity, you can make cutout paper stars to stick on and take off their shirts each time they go through.

The Cat in the Hat Rhyming Game

Divide the class into teams of four or five and then write a common rhyming word on the board. Give each team 3 minutes to come up with as many rhyming words as they can, then have everyone share their lists of rhymes. The team with the most words for each round wins! To add an extra challenge to this game, don't give points for words that more than one team has on their list!

Green Eggs and Ham Activity

After reading Green Eggs and Ham, have students write their own version of the story about a food (real or imagined!) that they wouldn't want to try. Encourage them to come up with new and inventive rhymes to express all the places they would not eat this food.

Dr. Seuss's ABC Game

Make a creative alphabet challenge using lines from this book. Have students sit in a circle and all repeat together 'Big A, Little A, what begins with A?' Then take turns going around the circle with each student saying a new word that begins with the letter A. Continue this with each letter of the alphabet.

Grammar for Elementary School is a great resource if you're looking for more fun ways to teach the building blocks of language. Literacy Resources

While Dr. Seuss activities are a great start, when it comes to teaching reading, there's no such thing as too much help. Check out these educator resources to find lesson ideas, pedagogy, classroom management techniques and more.

  • Teaching Reading Chapter: Offers lessons in teaching poetry to young students, reading comprehension skills, and listening and reading analysis.
  • Instructional Pedagogy Course: Includes short video lessons and articles on effective teaching methods, different types of learners, and creative teaching strategies.
  • Effective Literacy Instruction: Provides educators with lessons on engaging classroom strategies and tactics for effectively teaching literacy.
  • Grammar Worksheets: A collection of worksheets to allow students to continue grammar practice after the creative rhymes and word games of Dr. Seuss.

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