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11 Easy Ways You Can Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

11 Easy Ways You Can Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Here are some Dr. Seuss day ideas to celebrate the author's birthday at home and online.


Most people don’t need an excuse for a party, especially during this never-ending pandemic. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2, making it the perfect day to celebrate one of the most beloved children’s authors. He has touched the lives of both adults and kids through his rhyming children’s books. Use our list of Dr. Seuss birthday ideas to commemorate the day with the kids.

Ideas to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Home

Make green eggs and ham.

Since Green Eggs and Ham was published, parents have been trying to find a version of this meal that kids will actually eat. This recipe promises that kids will eat the dish that they read about. Try them, try them and you may…like them! Yes, you may like them. I say!

Dress up in Dr. Seuss-themed items.

Get inspired by the attire in Dr. Seuss’ books. You can even hold a fashion show right in your living room.

  • Wear stripes like in the Cat in the Hat.
  • Show off your socks like the Fox in Socks.
  • Don the Cat in the Hat’s favorite colors—red and white.
  • Wear a shirt inside out and socks on top of pants in honor of Wacky Wednesday.

Watch a movie with your family.

These films are all based on Dr. Seuss tales. (All ratings and reviews listed below are courtesy Common Sense Media.)

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
Recommended ages: 4 and older
Available on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and YouTube  

Beloved elephant Horton lives peacefully in the Jungle of Nool. One day, he hears a call for help from a teeny, tiny speck, which he places on a clover. That speck is home to Whoville and its citizens, the Whos.

The Lorax
Recommended ages:
5 and older
Available on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and YouTube

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will help him land the girl of his dreams. To find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Recommended ages: 8 and older
Available on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and YouTube

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for citizens of the town. That is until he is befriended by Little Cindy Lou Who.

Read a book with your family.

Below are just a few of Dr. Seuss’ beloved tales. Even adults will have a hard time not laughing as they read these whimsical rhyming tales.

The Cat in the Hat
Recommended ages:
4 and older

This story uses simple words and basic rhymes that will delight readers. Kids get to meet Cat in the Hat and his troublemaking friends, Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Wacky Wednesday
Recommended ages:
3 and older

From a shoe stuck on the ceiling to tigers at school to flying cars, this isn’t your average Wednesday. Kids will love counting the crazy things they see on each page in this book.

Ten Apples Up on Top
Recommended ages:
3 and older

Three animal friends practice balancing apples on their heads in this introduction to counting. Just don’t let the apples drop.



Hold a scavenger hunt.

Read some Dr. Seuss books. Then create or print a scavenger hunt board. The board has items that you have around the house like an umbrella or shoe. Kids can always find something like a “red” fish in one of Dr. Seuss’ books.

Create a Dr. Seuss craft.

Take Dr. Seuss’ books to the next level with some with some kid-friendly crafts. Display the masterpieces on kids’ bookshelf or in their reading area.

Test your Dr. Seuss trivia.

How many sizes too small was the Grinch’s heart? How many words were in Cat in the Hat? This lighthearted game features silly questions about Seussian scenes and Dr. Seuss trivia. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

Try a fun app.

If your child adores Seuss’s creatures, poetry, and illustrations, take advantage of these fun apps featuring the books’ lovable characters.

‎Dr. Seuss Camera, Happy Birthday Edition

This Dr. Seuss Camera Edition includes 11 fun birthday cards. Say happy birthday with classic Dr. Seuss captions like "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There's no one alive who is you-er than you!"

Dr. Seuss Camera, The Cat in the Hat Edition

Take pictures with your face in a cutout or alongside your favorite characters. Personalize cards with stamps, borders, and Seussian text. Then share cards with friends and family on email and social media apps.

The Cat in the Hat Builds That

This app teaches kids STEM concepts through games. They can build bridges, play on slides, and sort objects along with Cat in the Hat, Nick, and Sally. As kids play, they earn rewards to decorate their tree house and backyard, and unlock more games.

Attend a virtual birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss.

Celebrate the birth of Dr. Seuss at a month-long party thrown by Springfield Museums. The Virtual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration webpage will feature activities from past Dr. Seuss Birthday Parties at the Springfield Museums, plus a new video from Prof. Knows A Lot explaining how to read a recipe. This virtual page will launch on March 2. See SpringfieldMuseums.org.

Color pictures of Dr. Seuss characters.

Kids can take their crayons, markers, paints, and colored pencils to add some color to these coloring pages. Here are a few links to get you started.

Follow the Lorax’s lead and help the environment.

The Lorax Project was created to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire earth-friendly action by kids of all ages. Here are 16 ideas specifically for kids to help the environment and to learn about making the world a cleaner, greener place, courtesy The Lorax Project.

  1. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  2. Don't leave the refrigerator door open for very long.
  3. Use both sides of every sheet of paper.
  4. Never litter and pick up trash, even if it's not yours.
  5. Use a cloth towel to dry your hands instead of paper towels.
  6. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. Save water!
  7. At home, recycle everything you can, including newspapers, cans, glass and plastic. Look for the recycle symbol. You will be surprised how many things can be used again and again.
  8. Think before you toss something out. Reuse cartons, containers and bags. Be creative and use your imagination on how you can use today's bash for tomorrow's project.
  9. Consume less. Don't take two when one will do.
  10. Stamp out Styrofoam. Foam is permanent garbage and a danger to sea animals. Avoid foam products like fast food cartons, picnic plates, cups and even egg cartons.
  11. Be a leak detective. If you see running water or a leaky tap, report it so it can be fixed and water is not wasted.
  12. Ask your parents to bring their own reusable bags to the grocery store.
  13. Take a shower instead of a bath. The quicker you are the better it is.
  14. Share outgrown clothes and toys with family and friends. Sharing a loved toy or sweater can be just as nice as something new.
  15. Enjoy and appreciate nature. Support your local parks and go outside!
  16. For more ways to help, check out books on conservation and the environment at your local library.

  
For even more fun, follow Dr. Seuss on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for gems like this video of Wes Tank rapping Oh, The Places You'll Go!:

 


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Stacey Feintuch

Author: Stacey Feintuch is a freelance writer for print and online publications. She has written for ReadersDigest.com, BestofNJ.com, K health, The Boca Raton Observer magazine, The Bump, Care.com, Healthline, Highlights for Kids, HealthyWomen, and other outlets. She has a BA in journalism from The George Washington University and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She grew up in Morris County, NJ, and currently lives in Bergen County, NJ. A mom to two boys, you'll find her at the baseball diamond on the weekends. See More

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