This winter has been rough! Too cold to go outside, and when it does warm up, it rains, so we’re still stuck inside. I go stir-crazy very easily, and I’m so ready for Spring! Unfortunately, and especially the past few weeks, I’ve been filling our days with TV, movies, and video games due to sickness. It’s not necessarily bad, but my mind can only take so much screentime in a day before it turns to mush.
We’ve been doing a lot of reading too, and one of Allison’s favorite authors is Dr. Seuss. She finds the rhymes funny and will often bring me a huge stack from the bedroom to read. The books stirred up a few ideas, so of course I browsed Pinterest to see what activities I could do that used the books. Here are three we’ve done in the past week that she seems to enjoy.
One of her favorite books is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. This one was pretty easy to find activities for because fish=Goldfish, her all-time favorite snack. And they make a multi-color bag, which is perfect for sorting and counting! I found the printables here and just pulled them out each day during snack time. Next time I print these, I’ll stick them in a sheet protector because the crackers left little stains on the paper.
I think the one she enjoyed the most was the fishbowls where she had to sort by color and then count them. She also got pretty good at the numbers one, but once she ran out of Goldfish, she didn’t want to do the rest.
The next thing I tried was making Pink Ink. Sometimes Allison will walk over to her kitchen, grab a plastic cup, and say she’s drinking pink ink, so I wondered what would happen if I made an actual drink! Here are the ingredients:
- 1 cup milk
- 5-6 strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
Blend until smooth and it’s ready to go! I thought it was cute and delicious, and Allison did too for a few minutes… until she got this really weird look on her face and spit it out. Toddlers.
The last activity I tried was footprint cutouts based on The Foot Book. That’s a good one for teaching opposites, so I traced my own foot and wrote different things on each one:
- Left foot, right foot
- Up foot, down foot
- Quick feet, slow feet
- Front feet, back feet
She enjoyed stepping on each one and showing me what each one meant. And it’s a good way to get toddlers up and moving, especially if you say “Up foot means jump!” and “Quick feet means go fast!”.
There are plenty of other Dr. Seuss activities on Pinterest that I want to try, too. Here are some that look really cool:
Dr. Seuss Snack ideas– I really want to try the fruit kabobs!
With Dr. Seuss Day coming up soon, I want to start collecting more ideas to make the day more fun! Have you tried anything recently? Be sure to send me some links for inspiration!