Today we celebrate the life and works of American writer, poet and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel (known as Dr. Seuss), on his birthday! Famous for his children’s literature books like “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Dr. Seuss’ published books, filled with poetic rhyme, humor, vibrant illustrations and an incredible imagination, have impacted children all of the world, including baby K and me!
As for myself, I still remember reading “Hop on Pop” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” with my parents before going to bed. Before I could phonetically read words, I enjoyed finishing each line as I tried to figure out which word fit best in terms of context and rhyme. And once I started to read and sound out words, Dr. Seuss set me up for great success by providing simple words in books like “Go, Dog. Go!” (which happens to be K’s favorite one).
Baby K loves that book and I just love hearing her begin to recognize the different words on the pages. She loves to imitate me pointing to the words (a habit I picked up when I taught Kindergarten) and say them out loud. “Doe, Daw. Doe!” she would say beaming. Over the weekend, her collection of Dr. Seuss books grew as we celebrated his birthday at a few local events.
Saturday morning brought us to Santa Monica’s main library (located on 601 Santa Monica Blvd, 90401) where they held arts and crafts, a Dr. Seuss balloon show, a photo opportunity with the “Cat in the Hat” and a nice time to meet other families.
When we arrived in the Kid’s Library, we were greeted by several volunteers who gave K a Dr. Seuss book and bookmark. Being one of K’s favorite things (books), she was thrilled! What a special treat! We were then ushered into the arts and crafts room.
As you know, K loves any activity that involves coloring and creating. So walking into a room where crayons, scissors and glue were present, K was in heaven! And to top it off, she was going to be making a Thing 1 or Thing 2 paper bag puppet! She spent the first few minutes discovering what colors were in the container and then coloring with what I think is her new favorite color, “puh-puh,” (purple)…her first favorite I think was orange (she always preferred orange cups, spoons, marker pens or really anything when given the choice).
Working together we ended up coloring Thing 1’s hair blue, as shown on her new bookmark.
K really liked the idea of blue hair and ended up trying to color her own hair blue!
After about twenty minutes of coloring, K was about ready for a snack (and nap time) and thankfully some helpful, amazing volunteers from UCLA’s Circle K (a leadership development, community service & friendship organization) helped put together K’s puppet! Thank you Circle K!!!
While we headed out to go to the balloon show (which we ended up skipping for nap time), K had the opportunity to meet the Cat in the Hat! And what a sweet lady she was. She kindly greeted K and even gave her a hug!
After nap and lunch time, we headed over for more celebrating at Lakeshore Learning Store (located at 8888 Venice Blvd., L.A. 90034) where they held hourly story time, games and crafts.
When K saw what was on the tables, she couldn’t stop pointing, pulling me over and telling me all that she saw: “baw, sdee, tay, doo.” (translation: pom pom balls, sticks, tape and glue). She was so excited to create a clothespin airplane!
Thank you Patti who helped organize this fun art experience for K!
Up next was creating a hot air balloon! While K enjoyed coloring with felt tip markers and peeling/sticking little foam shapes and tape on her project, she was all about creating magenta dots with Lakeshore’s dot paint pen!
Thank you Fatima for organizing this great art experience and helping us put our hot air balloon together!
We had such a fantastic time celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with making crafts at Lakeshore! We continued celebrating by reading her new “In a People House” book through the weekend and enjoyed a few other favorites. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS and thank you for sharing your talents and passions with the world!
What are your and your little ones’ favorite Dr. Seuss books?