March is Read Across America Month, the monthly celebration inspired by author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. From The Cat in the Hat to the Lorax and all the “Who”-inspired stories in between, Seuss’ birthday on March 2 gives us reason to celebrate reading all month long.
Here are some Dr. Seuss activities for Read Across America Month you and your family are sure to enjoy. Some are also great ideas for Dr. Seuss Day at school, depending upon how your community celebrates the love of reading.
Read Across America Month Ideas
This easy to make storyboard uses felt pieces and velcro to allow your children to imagine storylines and create scenes from the popular book. You could even use the storyboard to introduce other Seuss or book characters.
Time for another snack break? Enjoy another healthy veggie treat with a Lorax theme as you create your Seuss-inspired crafts.
Get a jump on Christmas or just celebrate one of Seuss’ classic favorite in the spring with this Grinch-Inspired DIY wreath. Your heart will grow with Christmas spirit when you see this festive craft.
Anything that uses my handprints is a great craft in my book! You’ll be able to keep these as keepsakes for years to come. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are so adorable. This is a great craft for siblings to make together.
Another adorable handprint craft, this time themed to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Dr. Suess Costumes and Accessories
These free printable hats help you celebrate with Horton, the Lorax, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Your kids will want to wear these hats year-round but especially to celebrate the birthday of their favorite author!
Dress up for Read Across America Month! Who doesn’t love the Lorax? This costume is so easy to make, and your kids will look adorable in their orange hoodie and mustache combo.
Pull out Dr. Seuss’ classic Cat in the Hat while dressing your kids in this costume of the number one Seuss character.
No time for a full costume? How about an adorable, easy to make Cat in the Hat party hat! This would be a fun craft for an entire class full of wannabe Cat in the Hats.
This is such a fun craft for any old Dr. Seuss book you may have. I wouldn’t recommend using a perfectly good book but if you find one in disrepair, the cover can be turned into a sweet Seuss purse!
More Dr. Seuss Activities
All this crafting and creating will make you hungry! Create a mini Lorax with just an orange, felt, googly eyes, and a hot glue gun.
I love to use common household items to create crafts. This Lorax craft comes complete with a free printable. Just add some markers, orange paper, scissors, and glue to your supply list, and you’ll be creating in no time!
The story of the Lorax is all about the environment, so adding some seeds to grow your own “truffula” tree is a true testament to Dr. Seuss’ legacy.
This adorable Lorax craft is easy enough for a toddler to make with some supervision and simply adorable with the addition of their handprints. Older kids might get a kick out of making it more detailed.
You can’t help but smile as your kids create this little handprint craft with your favorite mustached character.
When is Read Across America Month?
March is designated as Read Across America Month.
What is Read Across America Month?
The National Education Association designated March Read Across America Month in 1997 to encourage Americans of all ages to read every day. The school day closest to March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’s birthday is Read Across America Day.
Who is Dr. Seuss?
Dr. Seuss is the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel, an American children’s author.
What books did Dr. Seuss Write?
Dr. Seuss wrote over 60 books. They include several popular children’s books you’ll likely recognize like The Cat in the Hat; How the Grinch Stole Christmas; If I Ran the Zoo; Green Eggs and Ham; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish; Hop on Pop; Fox in Socks; The Foot Book; The Lorax; There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!; and Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
How do you celebrate Read Across America Month?
The best way to celebrate Read Across America Month is by reading of course. You could also make some fun book-themed crafts, snacks or costumes. Sometimes kids need a little encouragement to read more, why not make it fun!
These Dr. Seuss crafts and snacks for Read Across America Month will inspire reading, creating, and tons of fun! Try a few out with your kids in March or continue the fun all year long!