Wednesday, March 2, 2011

happy birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you- Dr. Seuss

if you have school-aged kids, you're probably well aware that today is the birthday of our favorite kooky kids author, Theodore Geisel, aka., the dr. himself,  Dr. Seuss. 

(max's class is doing a fun activity every day this week, and i was up way to late last night making 32 sneech stars for tomorrow's antics)

there are so many amazing Dr. Seuss books, and i think we all have a favorite or a first reading memory that involves a cat in a tall, striped hat. 

so, understandably, today's reading recommendations come from the world of Seuss:

for the little ones:  Green Eggs and Ham

this is the hands-down favorite at our house (even for mom, who gets a kick out of reading it out loud and doing all the funny voices... it's especially fun when he starts to get reeeeallly frustrated. great way to mom-vent) 

and for our activity, we'll be having a Seuss inspired lunch. 
thanks to how does she? for the great idea!

we'll have some hard boiled eggs, dyed green, some ham squares, goldfish (one fish, two fish), and some plain yogurt layered with strawberries (like the cat's hat). 
(we also played 'one fish, two fish' in the bath with some cool little squirty fish we have.)

for middle sized kids: What Was I Scared Of, better know as: The Pale Green Pants with Nobody Inside Them

this is a lesser-known story, and you can find it in the book that contains the Sneeches. it is hilarious. we all end up in giggle fits every time we read it. 
and what better way to complement the story, than by making your own pair of pale green (or blue, or black or whatever color you have handy) pants!

 stuff them with tshirts or pillow cases, tie up the bottoms, and go nuts. 
recommended activities: 
- have the pants jump out at the kids from unexpected places.
- play hide and seek and have the pants be the seekers.
- have a foot race or play tag with the pants (held by mom, or another child) as 'it'.
- hugs all around!

and for the grown-ups: sorry no seuss for you. :) however, today's recommendation is equally rhyme-y, in the form of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

this is one of his comedy plays, and it is quick, and witty and light. 
one of my favorite quotes, from the character benedic, 
"when i said i would die a bachelor, i did not think i should live, till i were married!"

cheat: the movie with kenneth branaugh and emma thompson is awesomepudding too!

^^^ best scene in the movie :)

^^^ denzel!!

alright, alright, i'll move on.  
lastly, some great links for other seuss-related sources and ideas:
helping little hands - AWESOME hop on pop activity (hint, it involves jumping on beds!!)
How does she?'s ideas for a great seuss party and lots of other fun links!
or a clover with a speck, like in Horton Hears a Who

then check out Polly's read-along to see what everyone else is doing!

happy Seuss-day!!

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