Did you find a fun way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week? Whether you’re a student, parent or teacher, you’ve undoubtedly read some of the author’s most beloved stories — whether it be by eating green eggs and ham for breakfast or making their own oobleck.
We created a few fun STEM activities to help your students get creative while celebrating Dr. Seuss. Check out our latest Dr. Seuss tutorial found in our content library and make sure you have easy access to your 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen that will help them “think and wonder, wonder and think.”
Create Crazy Hair for Thing One and Thing Two
Perhaps the most relatable characters from The Cat in the Hat were Thing One and Thing Two. The twins emerged from a box that the cat brought into Conrad and Sally’s home, and as soon as they were released they proceeded to make an incomparable mess. Thing One and Thing Two are well-recognized by their red jumpsuits, unruly blue hair, and penchant for mayhem.
While some of your students probably wish they could run wild like the twins, this activity will help them focus on letting their imaginations run wild instead. Download our free stencil and check out our tutorial on how to help your students create their own crazy hair.
Redesign The Cat in the Hat’s Famous Hat
Known for his red bow tie and his red-and-white-striped top hat, The Cat in the Hat is one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature. The cat is quirky, rebellious, and a little bit mysterious. Kids often wonder if he is a “good guy” or a “bad guy.” But, for better or worse, his character has become so well-known that it is now a mascot for Random House, the largest general interest book publisher in the world.
But what would the cat look like without his trademark hat? Encourage your students to create a new look for The Cat in the Hat. Start by modifying his hat — what would it look like if it was a baseball cap? A cowboy hat? Or, what if he wasn’t known for his hat, at all?
Doodle Yourself a Fancy Mustache Like The Lorax
Dr. Seuss’ favorite book (by Dr. Seuss) was The Lorax. And while it is a children’s book, it tells the very adult story of how humans are destroying the natural environment. It has been well-received by both teachers and students. In fact, in 2007, the National Education Association listed The Lorax as one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”
Students seem to enjoy the kind-hearted Lorax. He is hard-working, optimistic, rational, understanding, trustworthy, and helpful — not to mention, he has an outrageous mustache that personifies these traits quite impressively. Ask your students which other characters in literature sport unique mustaches, and what traits they associate with those people — Jafar from Aladdin or Yosemite Sam from Looney Tunes come to mind.
Next, ask your students to doodle a new mustache for The Lorax. Does it change how they think of him?