Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

I don’t usually repost projects that I’ve posted before, but this one is special and too good to miss!  This week (March 2nd) we’ll celebrate a very special birthday in our Kindergarten classes…. that of beloved children’s author/illustrator, Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka “Dr. Seuss”.  In his lifetime, Dr. Seuss published over 40 children’s books which have inspired both reading and imagination for generations of children.  His birthday has fittingly been adopted as the date for the annual “National Read Across America Day”, an initiative of the National Education Association.  To honor Dr. Seuss on his special day, my kinders created Seuss-inspired creatures of their own, based on his book, “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket”.  I think Dr. Seuss would have been proud of these charming, imaginative creatures!

Materials: 

  • 12×18 white construction paper
  • pencil
  • black “F” Sharpie
  • crayons (some broken with paper peeled off)
  • jiggle eyes and white craft glue (optional)

Directions:

1. Read the story, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, by Dr. Seuss.  Ask students to pay special attention to the fun rhyming pattern and to what each of the creatures illustrated in the story have in common (long, skinny arms, legs, necks, tails, fingers, and toes… stripes, polka dots, bright colors… crazy hair, fur… big eyes, eyelashes, etc.).

2. Working vertically on your paper, lightly sketch a circle or oval just above the middle of your paper.  Then lightly sketch a larger circle or oval just below the middle of your paper.  Make sure you leave some empty space between them.  Now put your pencil away… you’ll be finishing your drawing just using your Sharpie! (It’s harder for Kinders to trace over their pencil lines than it is to just “go for it”!)

3. Using the two shapes you drew as guidelines, draw some fur on both shapes with a zig-zag line using your Sharpie.

4. Then, connect the two shapes with a long, skinny neck.  Add long, skinny arms, legs, fingers, toes, tail, etc.  Don’t forget some feathery, crazy hair!  Fill your whole paper… make your feet touch the bottom of your paper and your crazy hair-feathers touch the top!  Add stripes and polka dots, eyes (with eyelashes), nose and mouth.  You can even glue on some jiggle eyes for extra fun, if you wish!

5. Now, it’s time to name your creature!  Start by thinking about where he/she might be.  In a park?  At the zoo?  On the beach?  Then make a silly, rhyming word by changing the first letter of that word.  Write this on your paper, right above your signature.  For example, my students created “A Zark at the Park”, “The Zeach at the Beach”“The Zool in the Pool”, etc.

6. Finally, play “Hide the White Paper”, and color your creature with bright colored crayons.  Use the sides of broken crayons (with the paper peeled off) to fill in large areas quickly.  

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  
                                                                                                                   ~ Dr. Seuss

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20 Responses to Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

  1. Lori Decoite February 27, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    soo funny.. I save lessons that people post in word documents with links to their sites.. I save this one from last year and did it last week with 2nd graders..they loved it and the finished product looks great. I will post this week! Thanks for sharing your lessons : ).

  2. Snippety Gibbet February 27, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Thank you so much for the repost. I will teach it this very week.

    jan

  3. Snippety Gibbet February 27, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    I posted a link back to here from my video blog. I've also linked to YouTube and “There's a Wocket in my Pocket.” jan

    http://artroomvideos.blogspot.com/2012/02/dr-seuss-birthdaywocket.html

  4. Shawna February 27, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    These are so cute…I love them!
    Shawna
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  5. Kirsten Larson February 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Love this! Thanks for the fantastic Dr. Suess activity.

  6. Karen February 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    So charming! Those pictures just made my whole day brighter! Can't wait to see what my kids come up with!!!
    Warmly,
    Karen
    http://www.layers-of-learning.com

  7. Hannah- Art.Paper.Scissors.Glue! February 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    love them! theyre adorable!

  8. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree March 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

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  9. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree March 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Love this idea! And love this book?

  10. Janvi March 2, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    This is really an informative blog. Thanks for sharing with us. Best schools in Delhi

  11. Mrs. Polizotto March 4, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Thank you for this great idea! I did this project with my first graders and they loved it! Your directions were great. I liked that it had specific directions of shape placement and then it was all creative from there! You can see some of the results on my pinterest board Phippsburg Elementary.

  12. Miss March 5, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    What fun, whimsical project! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Art Project Girl March 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    So so cute! I forgot about this project! I did it too but a little different a few years back and now I'm going to pull it out of my Dr. Seuss folder for tomorrow. Thank you I was pulling my hair out on what to do next with a particular class who can't handle the painting project the rest of the grade is doing! I think the NAEA is on the West coast next year you should go! TEXAS

  14. Maru Jiménez April 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I recently tried this project out using different materials and the results were even better than I ever thought! Thanks for sharing!! The results can be seen here: http://martclass.blogspot.com/

  15. Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I love this pictures..they are looking beautiful and awesome.Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing it.

  16. laura minala November 24, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    so cute…….. i have the book too.
    but never thought of this idea.
    you guys are amazing!
    thanks!
    p.s sorry 4 for copying ur projects lol

  17. Rina March 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Hi Cheryl

    I taught your lesson to both the kindergarten and first grade today. PERFECT! Thanks so much for sharing this one.
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

 Yesterday (March 2nd) we celebrated a very special birthday in our Kindergarten classes…. that of beloved children’s author/illustrator, Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka “Dr. Seuss”.  In his lifetime, Dr. Seuss published over 40 children’s books which have inspired both reading and imagination for generations of children.  His birthday has fittingly been adopted as the date for the annual “National Read Across America Day”, an initiative of the National Education Association.  To honor Dr. Seuss on his special day, my kinders created Seuss-inspired creatures of their own, based on his book, “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket”.  I think Dr. Seuss would have been proud of these charming, imaginative creatures!

Materials:

  • 12×18 white construction paper
  • pencil
  • black “F” Sharpie
  • crayons (some broken with paper peeled off)
  • jiggle eyes and white craft glue (optional)

Directions:

1. Read the story, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, by Dr. Seuss.  Ask students to pay special attention to what each of the creatures in the story have in common (long, skinny arms, legs, necks, tails, fingers, and toes… stripes, polka dots, bright colors… crazy hair, fur… big eyes, eyelashes, etc.).

2. Working vertically on your paper, lightly sketch a circle or oval just above the middle of your paper.  Then lightly sketch a larger circle or oval just below the middle of your paper.  Make sure you leave some empty space between them.  Now put your pencil away… you’ll be finishing your drawing just using your Sharpie! (It’s harder for Kinders to trace over their pencil lines than it is to just “go for it”!)

3. Using the two shapes you drew as guidelines, draw some fur on both shapes with a zig-zag line using your Sharpie.

4. Then, connect the two shapes with a long, skinny neck.  Add long, skinny arms, legs, fingers, toes, tail, etc.  Don’t forget some feathery, crazy hair!  Fill your whole paper… make your feet touch the bottom of your paper and your crazy hair-feathers touch the top!  Add stripes and polka dots, eyes (with eyelashes), nose and mouth.  You can even glue on some jiggle eyes for extra fun, if you wish!

5. Now, it’s time to name your creature!  Start by thinking about where he/she might be.  In a park?  At the zoo?  On the beach?  Then make a silly, rhyming word by changing the first letter of that word.  Write this on your paper, right above your signature.

6. Finally, play “Hide the White Paper”, and color your creature with bright colored crayons.  Use the sides of broken crayons (with the paper peeled off) to fill in large areas quickly.  

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  
                                                                                                                   ~ Dr. Seuss

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4 Responses to Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

  1. Stringbean Art March 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

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  2. Lori Decoite March 5, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    these came out great! very Seuss like : )

  3. These drawing are adorable.
    My favorite is “The Zool in the pool”
    I loved the variety of patterns.

  4. SpartanGirl March 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    These are super cute! I'm linking to them in my Dr Seuss recap post tomorrow!

    Thank you for sharing!

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