Wednesday, March 3, 2010


This past Tuesday we had a stupendous day celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday during school. Beginning with the infamous hat, of course!
Unfortunately, I hadn't bought eggs, so we could not do green eggs and ham, but we did make blue fish and red fish cookies to share with all of our friends at swimming lessons (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish). After swimming, we returned to our house to discover that Thing 1 and Thing 2 had been there, and they left a trail of destruction in their wake. (The Cat in the Hat) All the Dr. Seuss books had been arranged into letters around the house (not surprisingly, the letter "T" for Thing, or perhaps for Ted ;) who knows), chairs were backwards, a stool was upside down, couch cushions were on end, and they left little pictures of themselves around the house, too.

Beyond Tuesday, we spent many days last week anticipating Dr. Seuss's Birthday with various lead in activities, especially Cory and me. Cory did a lot of activities to correlate with a whole host of Dr. Seuss books. We put most of his work into a lapbook, which was a lot of fun for him. Late last week, all of us spent an afternoon playing with Oobleck. This was a fun, ooey-gooey afternoon, with a little science snuck in there for good measure. (Bartholomew and the Oobleck)

We also organized an impromptu creature creating party with our neighbors. (There's a Wocket in My Pocket) One of the other moms offered her house as a gathering spot, and we all brought a few craft supplies and recycled treasures for the kids to use as materials to make a Seuss-inspired character. Mary and her bud Elisabeth show off theirs.

Mary made two. The one on the left is Van Voogle, a weather predicter, and the one on the right is the Rabble Babble Boy, a duck-talking critter. She made up quite an interesting tale about Van Voogle--if I can persuade her to edit and revise it, I might have to post it in a later blog.

Lucy and I made one, too.

And here are all the kids showing off their creations.

The best part of the celebration, by far, was on her stomach was a scar. Oops, wrong book. I've been reading Madeline to Lucy at bedtime, and I couldn't help myself. Where was I? Oh yes, the best part is that Dr. Seuss will now be a part of the Gatlin family history. Last week Cory sat down and read his first book--Ten Apples Up on Top, written by Seuss using one of his pen names Theo LeSieg.
So thank you, Dr. Seuss.

1 comment:

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

We LOVE Oobleck at our house!! All your ideas sound so fun! Awesome that your kids have such a creative mommy.