Do-It-Yourself Program Ideas – Dr. Seuss – Read Across America

Green EggsDr. Seuss’s Birthday (March 2) coincides with Read Across America Day and is a popular program at many elementary schools; it is held in early March.  If you would like to extend the idea to have some games and craft activities, you can hold a great Dr. Seuss themed program. Start with ideas at the Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Websites: and

Set up various stations, with one or two high school volunteers at each station to help younger children and monitor craft supplies.

Pin the Yolk on the Green Egg:  Draw a giant fried egg on green paper.  Have children try to tape a paper circle (the yellow egg yolk) to the poster – the closest to the center wins.  Mark the center with and X or a bulls’ eye, and the player should be blindfolded (like Pin the Tail on the Donkey).

Cat in the Hat Hats craft: .

Sneetch Ball:

Fox in Socks Race: Have two baskets with an equal number of paired socks.  Undo all the sock pairings and mix the socks in each basket. Then, let two kids race to see who can match up all the socks in their baskets. The fastest to complete the task wins!

Dr. Seuss Bingo: .

One Fish, Two Fish Game:  Xerox several paper fish, in the colors from the book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  Put a paperclip on each fish. Put the fish in a child’s wading pool (no water). Using a magnet on a bamboo pole or stick, let kids “fish” for one of the paper fish. Prizes are awarded based on which color fish are picked up.

Horton’s Egg Race:  Basically, this is the old egg on a spoon relay race.  But make it more fun by using colored eggs.

Hop on Pop Activity:  This activity is fun but best done outdoors!  Lay out sheets of bubble wrap, and let kids hop on the wrap, popping the bubbles.  As much fun as a bouncy house, this is a LOUD activity!

Yertle the Turtle Craft and Game: Make these Yertle the Turtles out of walnut shells, then stack them up.  See instructions here:


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