1. Move! I love crafts and activities that incorporate recycled materials, so when we wanted to create a Green Eggs and Ham-inspired movement activity, I pulled out the green and white buttons we used at Christmas for our button Christmas trees and some empty spice containers, and we created shakers. This activity was absolutely perfect for Caterpillar - 18 months -- though it did require me to be right there on hand to keep him from putting the buttons in his mouth. The boys both definitely got moving with their shakers, and my next plan is to have them shake them while we listen to some songs from Seussical the Musical!
2. Eat! We did a couple of food-related activities, including, of course, making actual green eggs and ham, which Wild Thing kept begging to do -- he took it very literally, so I let him get busy in the kitchen with the green food coloring. Despite my misgivings about it, he ate every bite -- though not without reciting at least half the book with me and refusing to eat them at first. It was too cute.
We also had some cookie decorating fun with sugar cookies and three green topics: green sprinkles, green cream cheese frosting and pistachios.
4. Learn! Finally, Wild Thing is in an early reading phase and very interested in sounding simple words out and pointing out starting letter sounds, so I try to encourage and reinforce this with the books we read through simple sight word activities and/or activities that reinforce basic phonetic concepts. Of course, Dr. Seuss books are perfect for this becaues of all of the words that rhyme, so I wrote out rhyming words on coffee filters so that he could connect that the words sound the same except for the beginning letters. On some, I also drew pictures, on others I did not. Words that rhymed were on the same coffee filter, but different sides of it, so he flipped it over to find the rhyme. He turned it into a matching game as well, which was another great idea for word learning and play.
|The flip side of the Rain card, says Train and of Boat says Goat.|
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