Oh the Thinks You Can Think Dr. Seuss Activities and App Review

Thursday, August 25, 2011

schlop_treat_seuss_obSEUSSed_1Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!,” a book originally written in 1975 by Dr. Seuss, is now an interactive book app kids can read and play on their Apple devices.

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Oh, the Thinks You Can Think App Review:
My kids and I love reading the classic Dr. Seuss hardback books and now I can’t believe I can carry all the interactive books in my pocket or purse for my kids to read and play while shopping and traveling around town.  I’ve got my Dr. Seuss collection in my pocket! Instead of saying“There’s a Wocket in My Pocket,” I should say “there’s a touch in my clutch.” 

The Oh, the Thinks You Can Think omBook app has a variety of kid-friendly interactive elements. It can read to your child or your child can read it by themselves and go at their own pace. My kids, ages 5 and 7, easily flipped (swiped) through the electronic pages.

Oceanhouse Media,the creators of omBook apps, did an excellent job at keeping all of Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations. This specific story had question marks that would pop up for the kids to touch to progress the story on each page.  My kids have played with this book over and over making sure to tap each question mark causing pictures to move and pop up, and tap each picture on the page making the vocabulary word pop up. When it tells you to “think right” the question mark appears on the right encouraging the child to tap it, “think yellow” they tap the question mark and yellow birds appear.  Or my favorite, “Think about beautiful schlopp with a cherry on top” and you tap the schlopp causing a cherry to appear. How fun is that?

Get little ones excited about reading:
The great literacy connection for this story is that as your child thinks about the words, they tap the question marks to immediately see what they thought about. They make it happen. They think it, they see it. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 

The Oh, the Thinks You Can Think omBook app is a Seusstastic way to keep children imagining and exploring the world of Dr. Seuss while experiencing early literacy and thinking skills.


More Dr. Seuss Apps:
Oceanhouse Media, in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, plans to create 44 of the author’s books as omBooks (Oceanhouse Media Books). There are 34 Dr. Seuss apps available right now including a handful of free apps to get you started. Check out Dr. Seuss’ ABC’s and the Bday Camera (photo app). Oh, the Thinks You Can Think omBook app is available for $3.99.

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Disclosure: I received a free version of the “Thinks” app to let my kids try for this review. We had already been playing with multiple Oceanhouse Media Dr. Seuss apps (they are on the top selling apps list and have an excellent reputation for great products) and have enjoyed the variety and interactivity of each one. 

They just released “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” omBook app last week. What book do you think they’ll do next?

Giving Away 20 Dr. Seuss Apps:
Oceanhouse Media is giving away 20 of their Dr. Seuss apps to one random person who comments on their Facebook page by Aug. 31.  All you need to do is like their page and leave a comment of your favorite Dr. Seuss quote. Fun, quick and easy to enter. Take 1 minute now to share your favorite quote and enter. Contest details here.

Twitter Party:
Monday, Aug. 29 6 pm PST. Use hashtag #OMB2S to discuss back to school with @OceanhouseMedia and others on Twitter. These chats are fun and I am looking forward to participating.

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Here are a few activities I came up with to go along with Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! Free Printable Worksheet:
Personal or classroom use only. Click on picture to enlarge then right click to “Save As” to your computer. You could also copy and paste into a ‘Word’ document.

Reality vs. Imaginary Thoughts:
Have children think up something real in the first thought bubble, then something pretend in the second thought bubble. Depending on their age they can draw pictures or write words. They could make a list or fill out several worksheets.  Get them thinking. They could draw pictures from the book (i.e. Schlopp or a Rink-Rinker-Fink) or make up their own.

A Great After School or Classroom Snack: Beautiful Schlopp with a Cherry on Top


Super easy to make Schlopp: Apple Sauce, 1-2 drops food coloring and an M&M for the cherry on top.


Balancing Activity:
Let the kids stack rocks or wood chips to see if they can balance them. Then ask if they would dare yank the tooth of a Rink-Rinker-Fink, see if they can pull a rock out of the middle of the pile to see what happens.

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Zoo Field Trip:
We went to the zoo today and I asked the kids the question from the book, “How much water can 55 elephants drink?” My son answered, “I don’t know, maybe 135 tanks. Then they use their trunks to give each other showers.” Ask your kids that question too the next time you visit the zoo.
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Apple Basket and Books: School Teacher Gifts Keep Giving

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back-to-School Snack Gift for Classroom:
During the first month of school I’ve started a tradition to send a basket full of apples along with an apple slicer (wedger) to the teacher for class snacks.  The teacher can keep the basket and slicer and I write a little note explaining I will bring in more apples each month throughout the school year (the gift that keeps on giving).
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Apple Basket with Slicer: Refilled monthly for class snacks
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APPLE SLICER:  I love my apple wedger from Pampered Chef.  I’ve tried another generic store version but it wasn’t as sharp or durable. The teacher can reuse it throughout the year so the kids have a quick healthy snack.
Apple Treat CardFree Apple Card Printable by obSEUSSed, for non-commercial use only. Click on picture, then copy and paste into your document program to print as many as you need.
You can use this card to attach to your gift or make your own. Make sure to let the teacher know if you plan to bring in apples throughout the year so they’ll keep the slicer at school.
Other blogs with cute apple printables:
Lil Luna: Shindig Parties to Go- Apple Thank You Card Printables
Catch My Party: Apple themed Back-to-School printables
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BASKET: You could just take the apples and slicer in the cute paper apple bag from the grocery store but I found this basket at the thrift store for $1. I see them there all the time and they are in great condition to be re-used.
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I found this cute apple metal bell at the dollar store this summer. I’m throwing that in the basket as well.
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I also made this pencil vase filled with flower pens at the end of school last year. I found the idea on Pinterest from Shindig Parties to Go.
Click to see how I made it.110_3905_1 100_4971_1I also created this tutu hanging flower basket as a thank you for a dance teacher. I came up with this one on my own. See how I made it here.
Most teachers love getting books as gifts too. You may want to scope out their classroom stash before buying one. You could also ask the teacher for a classroom book wish list to distribute to the parents for Christmas or teacher appreciation week gift ideas.
Make sure your read Ten Apples Up on Top! to your child. You need to have a copy of this book at home but it would also make a great gift. It is by Theo LeSieg (also known as Dr. Seuss!)

Check out this fun apple activity to go along with the book by Jenae at I Can Teach My Child.

10 Apples from ICanTeachMyChild

My other favorite apple book is the ABC book A Apple Pie by Gennady Spirin. Or try the original version, A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway. Each letter tells you what they do to the pie (B: bit it), and has lovely early American illustrations. This is a great classic to have.

A Few More Apple Books: (Click on any book pictures for more details)

Disclosure: Check these books out at your library, if you like them you can purchase from clicking the link and I receive a very small percentage from Amazon.

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Join us Saturdays at tatertotsandjello.com for the weekend wrap up party!I Can Teach My ChildThirty Hand Made DaysTip Junkie handmade projects


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