Sunday, March 4, 2012

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Tot School

Munchkin is 36.5m
Little Bear is 17.5

When I was a classroom teacher, I loved Dr. Seuss week.  My team would go crazy.  One year a co-worker and I decided to have the kids make the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (between our two classes)... LOL the kids got bored of coloring and cutting out little hats before we finished and we ended up cutting and coloring most of them.

As March approached I knew I wanted to include Dr. Seuss in our Tot School for the week.  I've been trying out a new schedule for our Tot School.  In the morning we focus on a letter of the week and tot trays.  After lunch we focus on some type of theme and I've been tying in different books.   This ended up working perfectly.  I find when I try to do Tot School all morning, Munchkin looses interest and starts to act out.  Breaking the day up has worked out great... so I think I will continue this way.

On with our week.  In the AM we did letter J.  We start with a mini-book and then some type of letter craft or printable (maybe both if he's up to it).  Then we do some tot trays or intentional play.  

I've been doing capital and lowercase letter crafts for a few months now.  I get great ideas for letter crafts at No Time for Flash Cards, the printable he's working on is from Confessions Of A Homeschooler.

J is for Jewels, we also did j is for jaguar.
He loved playing with the discovery bottles, I can't wait to make more.

He discovered that not only did they roll across the floor, but he could spin them... so he spent most of the time spinning them on his table.

Little Bear loves to scribble with markers, oddly enough he's not really into coloring with crayons though.  I think I'm going to get him those crayola little scribblers and see if he likes those.  Little Bear is still not talking much (his favorite word is still mama).  I'd be lying if I said I'm not starting to get a little concerned.  Hoping one day he'll surprise me with a complete sentence.

Dr. Seuss Week Activities!

We used tissue paper to make a Dr. Seuss hat.  My son is super literal and when I asked him what color the cat's hat was he proudly informed me "Wed, white, and bwack".  I helped him add the tissue paper to the hat in the correct spaces...

 ...then I gave him a blank paper to go crazy with.  He loved it.

I made green eggs with craft foam and had him serve the onto the corresponding plate.  He had fun doing this over and over again, he'd just empty the plates and put them right back on.  After a while he wasn't interested in matching the upper and lowercase letters.. which is fine.

The boys also enjoyed making party hats for Dr. Seuss's birthday party.

Munchkin really got his hands into it!

LB did his first dot painting this week and he loves it.  I don't know why I haven't given them to him sooner.

Once he was done painting I let him use the caps to stack.

I made hats for mommy and daddy to wear also... my husband and I proudly wore our hats during our Dr. Seuss party... I'll spare you the pictures.

Dr. Seuss Snacks

When I was little, and even as a classroom teacher I thought it was so fun to feast on green eggs and ham.  Unfortunately my picky eaters won't touch eggs (even when they're yellow), So I figured I wouldn't waste my eggs on this.  Instead I decided to get a little creative.  

Green Sam Juice.  Simply a banana,1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup regular milk, and 1/2 cup pineapple juice blended with ice, all dyed green... because Munchkin will drink anything from the blender (thank you Fresh Beat Band and the Groovy Smoothie).

I saw something similar to this with white chocolate covered Oreos and red chocolate dipped marshmallows.  I was tempted, but Munchkin (and everyone one else that came to his party) is still coming down off the sugar high from the candy bar.  This is my attempt to go a tad bit healthier.  Strawberries, bananas, and vanilla Oreos.

He would have eaten them all if I'd let him.

For dinner on Friday we had Cat in the Hat pizza.  This was cute and easy to make.  Munchkin, and my hubs got a kick out of this.

After dinner we had ice cream cake (at the hubs request) and sang happy birthday to Dr. Seuss.  It was awesome.  I really hope to give the boys great childhood memories, something I truly treasure and am thankful for.

Check out more tot school post at 1+1+1=1.


  1. GREAT Dr. Seuss projects!!!! I bet you guys had a blast!!

    My daughter and I went and saw The Lorax today :)

  2. I love The Lorax.. can't wait till the DVD comes out... Munchkin proved to us he isn't ready to sit through a movie in a theater yet!