Dramatic Play Activities for Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Poet, writer, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel -- better known as Dr. Seuss -- wrote and illustrated more than 60 children's books. The creative rhymes, imaginative story lines and silly pictures make them a favorite among children and a superb teaching tool to use in the classroom. March 2, the day of Dr. Seuss' birthday, is the perfect occasion to celebrate this author and his works through dramatic play activities in the classroom.

  1. Dress-Up Fun

    • A Dr. Seuss fashion show is sure to be a hit in the classroom.
      A Dr. Seuss fashion show is sure to be a hit in the classroom.

      Lay out several Dr. Seuss books for your students along with a large bin of dress-up clothes. Make sure the bin includes colorful wigs, tall hats, big sunglasses and animal masks. Encourage each child to dress up as a character from one of the Dr. Seuss books, using pictures from the books to help create the outfits. When all the students have completed their costumes, have them participate in a fashion show and see if the other students can guess each character.

    Dr. Seuss-Inspired Cooking

    • Students will enjoy coming up with silly food items for their restaurant.
      Students will enjoy coming up with silly food items for their restaurant.

      Read the book "Green Eggs and Ham" to your students. After finishing the book, distribute cutout shapes and pictures of various food items. Instruct the students to color the food unusual colors (for example, blue apples and pink cheese). Help them to create a menu with their food items on it. Set up a "Green Eggs and Ham" restaurant. In this scenario, a few students can play the part of cooks by preparing the items in at the play kitchen set, a few students can be waiters, and other students can be diners.

    Balancing Games

    • Read the book "The Cat in the Hat" to your students. In one scene from this famous book, the cat stands on a ball while juggling and balancing objects. The students now take turns being the "cat." Have one child stand on one foot while holding out his hands. Help the other students stack objects in the cat's hands -- blocks, books, toys -- until he loses his balance. Make a game of it and see which student can hold the most objects while maintaining his balance.

    Scene It

    • Students will love performing their favorite Dr. Seuss scenes for the class.
      Students will love performing their favorite Dr. Seuss scenes for the class.

      Put out a number of costume pieces and props such as chairs, boxes and toy food. Organize the children into teams and have each group recreate a scene from one of Dr. Seuss' books using appropriate wardrobe and props. After all the groups have had time to rehearse, have them perform their scenes for the entire class. Close the activity by reading the Dr. Seuss book "Happy Birthday to You" and recreating a birthday party scene from the book to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.

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