Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dr. Seuss Week, Day 5

Welcome to Day Five!

Today we read The Foot Book and The Lorax.

After reading The Foot Book (which Pinky was quick to point out was full of opposites) we did some fun foot activities!

The older kids painted their feet and walked across an art roll in the kitchen. We then turned the footprints into fish (inspired by this post at Crafty-Crafted). Hmm...this would have paired well with One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish yesterday. :)

Later I let them color more details to the picture - seaweed, bubbles, a dolphin, a boat...

Finding an activity for Wild One to go with The Foot Book was a no brainer. SHOES! My little girl is seriously shoe obsessed these days. I just picked out a few (some are big sister's, some are from dress up) and she had a blast trying them all on.

A girl has to have CHOICES!

Well, who wouldn't go for the ruby red slippers first?

She's not so sure about the leprechaun shoes

Next we read The Lorax. This is a book I have been wanting to read for awhile now. I really love it (and the message). To teach the kids about the effects of pollution, we built a water pollution bin like they did at Along The Way to see if we could clean up the damage (this is another activity I've been itching to try for awhile).

The kids were pretty shocked that I threw trash into the water (after I told them to pretend it was a beautiful lake with fish in it).

They had a great time cleaning up the trash (I was afraid they might find it too gross). When it came time to get the little particles they were very concerned about how we were going to clean them up. We built our own water filtration system using a strainer and a coffee filter. They were honestly just amazed! This was a really fun activity!

After the water clean up, we built a Truffula Tree Centerpiece for our dinner table. You can find the instructions to make your own on Craft Jr.


Chaos decided he wanted to plant Truffula seeds instead of making trees (which I thought was very clever), so the poms stuck in the playdoh are seeds!

If you're looking for more fun activities to pair with these books check out some of these great ideas:

Mom Endeavors made her own family foot book! Click the picture to read more!

How about making your own storybook felt board as featured on ObSEUSSed? Click the picture to learn how!

Though his birthday is over, we're STILL not done celebrating! There are 2 more great Dr. Seuss books and activities tomorrow. Be sure to check back!

If you've missed any of the fun we've this week, click the button below to see it all!


quiverfull said...

such great ideas!!
i love the tree at the end.
and that you guys rigged up a filtration system on the fly. so resourceful!

Sara @ Mom Endeavors said...

Thanks so much for the feature! :) I LOVE the Lorax activities you did! :) Very clever!

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