Sensory Celebrations – It’s Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Sensory Celebrations – It’s Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Dr. Seuss birthdayMarch is nationally recognized as Reading Month and for the past fifteen years, the National Education Association (NEA) has sponsored the Read Across America Day. It takes place yearly on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.

Who IS Dr. Seuss?

Dr. Seuss was born March 2nd, 1904 and passed away on September 24th, 1991 at the age of 87.  His full name is Theodor Seuss Geisel but under the pen name of Dr. Seuss, he published 46 beloved children’s books using imaginative characters and a unique rhyme, referred to as anapest meter.  His children’s books span multiple generations and have inspired a love of reading in many children throughout the years.  

Inspire Children to Bring Reading to Life on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday 

Children with various isms may have a tough time mastering the skill of reading.  At Special-Ism, we offer a variety of articles to help children with isms master the skill of literacy.

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss by bringing literacy to life with this selection of fabulous ideas from the blogosphere.

Ten Apples Up On Top

Credit: Frogs, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

Three friends balance counting and fun in this silly Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss with illustrations by Roy McKie. When a lion, a dog, and a tiger meet up, they soon discover that they can each do different things while balancing apples on their heads, like perhaps celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday?

Create an Apple Sensory Bag to celebrate the day!  With rice scented like an apple, a wide variety of colors, a built in noisemaker – so many of the senses can be stimulated!



One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

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From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. In this exploration of simple concepts such as color, numbers and opposites, Dr Seuss presents a crazy world of boxing Goxes, singing Yinks and hump Wumps.  Sounds like a wild crowd to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

Build your own Seuss Sticks for Dominoes and Math Manipulatives! Your kids will experience fine motor fun making these Seuss Sticks.  Keep them handy as they are a great learning tool for all future math lessons.


Green Eggs and Ham

green eggs and ham
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“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss.

In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently.

Make your very own Green Eggs and Ham and head to a tree-house and eat them in a tree or build a tent indoors and eat them in a house in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.



My Many Colored Days

Dr. Suess - feelings
Credit: Planet Smarty Pants

The late Dr. Seuss saw his original text about feelings and moods as part of the “first book ever to be based on beautiful illustrations and sensational color.” Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a menagerie of animals, this unique book does for the range of human moods and emotions what Oh, The Places You’ll Go! does for the human life cycle.

A wonderful book to Teach Children to Express their Emotions with Dr. Seuss.  Teaching children healthy options to express their feelings is a very important life skill – Let Dr. Seuss lend you the inspiration and help kids learn about feelings on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.


The Lorax

Whisper Ma Phone
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Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character, The Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.

The Lorax throws down a whisper-ma-phone to speak to visitors, make our own tin can version.  Fantastic auditory fun for Dr. Seuss’ birthday!



The Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat
Credit: Kinder Kapers

Poor Dick and Sally. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process!

Celebrate by making your own Hat by Dr. Seuss.

Fun fine motor and tactile experience, plus a delicious treat to eat on Dr. Seuss’ birthday!



Struggling Reader? Discover Supports in Honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

No matter the age of your child, Dr. Seuss books are always a beloved “go to” book to read.  For many children with a variety of isms, learning to read can be a big challenge.  Once they learn, comprehension may be the struggle.  Older kids, distracted by the bells and whistles of electronics, may lack motivation.  Check out what Special-Ism writers have to offer for the many challenges.

Help Children with Speech Disorders Learn to Read by Rhonda Banford
Learn about phonemic awareness and how to teach it.

How to Help a Teen with Autism Develop a Love of Reading by Dr. Juliet Burk
Discover how Dr. Burk got her 7th grade son away from the electronics and reading for pleasure.

Bring Literacy to Life – Expand on Reading by Allison Gingras
Allison presents a few favorite children’s books along with activities to bring literacy to life.

More great reading resources via Special-Ism

All across the country – teachers, parents, librarians, bloggers, and many others are encouraging children to read – building within the desire to read all year long.

Learn more about our beloved Dr. Seuss and peruse the selection of books he published.

Tell us on Facebook – what is your favorite Dr. Seuss book and why?