Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #135!
Think Dr. Seuss is just for kids?
Awhile back I wrote a post for iHomeschool Network about celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with your teens and pre-teens.
I have to admit, that was pretty challenging because the more I looked for interesting ideas the more activities and ideas I found for the little ones. That got me to thinking: why is the good Doctor relegated to little ones? (An irony akin to the saying “Naps are wasted on the youth!”)
Even tho’ his books are found in the “Children’s” section, my husband has enjoyed the linguistic gymnastics of a good Dr. Seuss story long before we even had children. He had whole sections of them memorized…the ones with the more creative use of actual and made-up words.
And one of the most popular posts we’ve ever had on our site has been our “Dr. Seuss Baby Shower on a Budget” – a creative and fun event that Candy helped to host for a friend’s daughter.
I decided that to honor this noble literary figure, and just in time for his birthday tomorrow, I would like to present to you
4 reasons why we should ALL celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday
1) This can be a great way to draw in a dad who may otherwise be a little withdrawn from the “hands on” of parenting. Sometimes dads don’t realize just how valuable they are to the family, especially when they’re gone all day and mom stays home with the kids. Who doesn’t love a party? And how many kids always behave as if it IS a party when dad gets home? Play it up, and everybody wins ☺
2) There’s something innately silly about his stories. And yet, there’s incredible wisdom in many of them, too. Who can argue about the serious issues lurking amid the playful words found in “The Lorax” or “Happy Birthday to You? And he inserts some serious concepts amid his fun and funny words in, for example, “Yertle the Turtle” – yes, Dr. Seuss really does close up the generation gap.
3) What a great way to learn and play with language! Studies show that children who are read to become readers. And it’s hard not to enjoy reading one of these short ditties to a kid. It’s even easier and more enjoyable to act out the words and events presented in many of his stories – just ask my hubby 😉
4) His books spark creativity of all sorts – games, food, costumes, even tech…it’s so easy to … Here’s the time to check out Pinterest; you can use many of the ideas you find there and adapt them to everyone in the family!
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the whole family! Think the day is only for kids? Discover 5 fun ways to include your teens in the festivities, too…
As I always tell my kids “Learning is life, and life is learning!” Seeking real world opportunities to learn throughout life is an important quality to model for your kids and encourage them to imitate – no matter what their age.
And as our friend Dr. Seuss might encourage us…
- His books deal with an amazing array of topics. Looking for the perfect one for a gift? Check out our reader’s guide Some by Seuss for a listing of books, outlining a general description or theme of each, where applicable.
- See how well you know some of his characters in this Dr. Seuss match-up game.
- You’ll find some great Dr. Seuss extension activities here; there’s bound to be something you’ll want to use to make the day extra-fun!
- Have some pre-birthday fun by taking this What Dr. Seuss character are you? quiz.
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