Dr Seuss Birthday lesson plans: We have 30 unique and creative Seuss Day activities, crafts, classroom resources and lessons to celebrate some of your favorite Dr Seuss characters and classic book read alouds — perfect for Read Across America Day / Week whether you’re looking for Dr Seuss Day activities for preschool ideas, lessons for kindergarten or Dr Seuss Day activities for middle school students and up!
DR. SEUSS DAY IDEAS
If you’re wondering what can I teach during Dr Seuss week, we’ve got you more than covered with enough ideas and Dr Seuss theme lesson plans!
How is Dr Seuss Day celebrated?
What do you do on Dr. Seuss day?
- Read Dr. Seuss books
- Do Dr Seuss writing activities
- Dress up like Dr. Seuss characters
- Create unit activities based on Seuss books
- Make a Dr Seuss Day poster with your favorite characters and Seuss quotes
- Create Cat In The Hat art and wear Dr Seuss Day hat to go with it
- Celebrate Diffendoofer Day
- Play Seuss games (see ideas below!)
- Write your own rhyming Dr Seuss Day poem
- Have a contest to see who can read the most Seuss books on Dr. Seuss birthday
- Host a Dr. Seuss Day party
- Make green eggs and ham treats (perfect for easy Dr Seuss Day snacks!) and other Dr Seuss Day food
- Grab some free Dr. Seuss printables and Seuss birthday coloring pages/ Dr Seuss worksheets free
(Don’t miss the full list of Dr Seuss Birthday school activities and crafts for Dr Seuss birthday below — even Dr Seuss activities for older students!)
You may be wondering when is national Dr Seuss Day?
When is Dr Seuss Day?
When is Dr. Seuss Birthday? Dr Seuss Day 2022 falls on Wednesday, March 2nd, which also is designated as National Read Across America Day.
What is Dr Seuss Day?
Dr. Seuss Day not only celebrates the author Theodor Seuss Geisel, but it’s also a reading celebration for Read Across America that encourages children to read more and have fun with reading theme events.
What day is Dr Seuss Day?
Dr. Seuss Day is always celebrated on March 2, which is Dr. Seuss birthday.
What day is Green Eggs and Ham Day?
Dr. Seuss Day is sometimes referred to as Green Eggs and Ham Day, which is March 2nd.
Why We Celebrate Dr Seuss Day
March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, so we celebrate Dr. Seuss Day as a way to honor him. Additionally, it’s Read Across America Day, which is a day to celebrate reading and encourage kids to read!
What is Read Across America Week?
It’s actually Read Across America Day (but some schools, businesses, and organizations make it an entire week of fun). Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, which is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It was created by the NEA (National Education Association) in 1997 to get kids excited about reading and to encourage reading more books.
Before we get to more fun things to do for Dr Seuss week and fun activities for Dr Seuss Day, let’s learn a little more about the author Dr. Seuss!
15 Surprising Dr. Seuss Facts
- Dr. Seuss real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.
- Dr. Seuss is not a real doctor… of any kind. He added the “Dr.” to his name to appease his father who wanted him to become a doctor.
- He also wrote under the pen name Theo LeSieg, which is Geisel spelled backwards.
- Dr. Seuss’ mother made up rhymes for him when he was a child. This later inspired his writing style.
- And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street was the first book published by Dr. Seuss in 1937.
- His first book was rejected 27 times before being published!
- It reportedly took Dr. Seuss three months just to come up with an ending to How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
- Dr. Seuss and his first wife never had children, so he would dedicate his books to imaginary kids including an imaginary daughter he named “Chrysanthemum Pearl.”
- Dr. Seuss was credited with inventing the word “nerd”!
- The author wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet! The bet was to write a book with only 50 words for $50.
- He drove a car with a license plate that read, “GRINCH.”
- Dr. Seuss said that the book Yertle the Turtle is “a deliberate parable of the life of Hitler.”
- The last book he wrote was Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
- What Pet Should I Get? was released after the author’s death. His wife found the story and sketches after he died.
- Dr. Seuss authored over 60 children’s books!
[source: Library of Congress [Public domain]
When did Dr. Seuss die?
Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991, of cancer. He was 87 years old.
What do you wear to Dr. Seuss Day?
7 Fun Things to Wear on Dr. Seuss Day:
- Be a Cat in the Hat (or wear other crazy hats).
- Wear crazy hair like in Whoville from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
- Sport some wacky socks to celebrate Fox in Socks.
- Wear a shirt from a place you’ve visited for Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
- Have pajama day and read Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book.
- Wear your favorite pet ears, tail, or pet mask and read What Pet Should I Get?
- Create and wear big, funny mustaches to celebrate The Lorax (or, give these out. The kids will be thrilled!).
On to the activities for Dr Seuss Day!
30 Unique & Creative Dr Seuss Birthday Lesson Plans and Ideas for Kids
We have a mix of activities that work for Dr Seuss Day preschool and up!
1: Have a Dr Seuss Birthday Read Aloud / Dr Seuss Reading Day
Have a Dr. Seuss Day party at your house, starting with reading Dr. Seuss books!
2. Read an awesome Dr. Seuss biography.
3. Dress up in Dr Seuss Day costumes! (See our suggestions above!)
4. Watch Dr Seuss movies:
5. Learn about the Dr Seuss Museum.
6. Make Green Eggs and Ham.
8. Make edible trees from The Lorax.
9. Read The Sneetches and then grab this lesson The Sneetches and Segregation.
10. Get a free Dr. Seuss birthday coloring sheet.
11. Get a free Dr. Seuss Day word search (great for Dr Seuss Day middle school activities).
12. Make a Dr. Seuss book comprehension flip book.
13. Make Dr. Seuss bookmarks.
15. Read The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss to learn more about Dr. Seuss as a child.
16. Watch In Search of Dr. Seuss.
17. Learn about space with The Cat in the Hat.
18. Make a Thing 1 and Thing 2 handprint craft.
19. Make a DIY Mustache t shirt to celebrate The Lorax. (I love this project for Dr Seuss birthday lesson plans for preschool all the way through high school!)
20. Do a Horton Hears a Who craft.
21. Make Dr. Seuss inspired finger puppets.
22. Learn with Dr. Seuss felt hoops.
23. Make tiny Truffula Trees to give to your friends! (Love these for Dr Seuss Birthday treat ideas!)
24. Make your own foot imprint book inspired by The Foot Book.
25. Learn about foot anatomy to go with The Foot Book.
26. Learn about hearing and ear anatomy to go with Horton Hears a Who.
27. Discover the art of Dr. Seuss.
28. Read Oh! The Places You’ll Go! and then work on map skills.
29. Make fun snacks for Dr Seuss Day.
30. Play Dr. Seuss Games: