The obSEUSSed with Dr. Seuss Link Collection

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with crafts, snacks, activities, parties and more.

The ObSEUSSed with Dr. Seuss Link Collection!
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I’ve been collecting Dr. Seuss ideas for over a year now. It has been so fun to see this linky party grow with amazing ideas.
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This link collection is a place to share ideas for bringing Dr. Seuss books to life. I keep these links as a resource throughout the year on the tab at the top of this blog. You can come back later in the year and add your project or get ideas anytime.

  • EDUCATIONAL: Dr. Seuss activities, crafts, games, free printables, worksheets, classroom units and readathon ideas.
  • CELEBRATIONS: Dr. Seuss Parties, Cakes, treats, baby showers, birthday parties, Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss' Birthday, costumes, recipes.
  • DECORATING: Dr. Seuss nursery, playroom, child's room, classroom, bulletin boards.
Guidelines: Any, family-friendly, Dr. Seuss related link is welcome. I will add some links that I find while searching the web but bloggers, teachers, crafters and parents are welcome to link-up their projects.  I will watch for new ideas and feature some on my blog. (Please do not list commercial items. If you'd like to sponsor this blog or place an ad, please contact Victoria at obSEUSSed (at) live (dot) com.)
If you add a link to your site I'd love if you posted this button on your page to let others come take a look at these links too.
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Thanks for stopping by the Dr. Seuss Collection. To enter your link, go under all of these images and enter the title of your project in the name field.


For those of you on Pinterest you can also find more than 1,000 Dr. Seuss crafts, parties and activities on my ObSEUSSed with Dr. Seuss Pinterest board. button obseussed Pinterest 3x3
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PBS The Cat-in-the-Hat-a-thon and Birthday Planner

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

 PBS KIDS is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday on March 2nd with THE CAT-IN-THE-HAT-A-THON - a two-hour marathon of their popular series THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, which my kids (and myself) love to watch every day.

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During the two hour special we’ll get to see TWO BRAND NEW episodes. You can also see video clips from all four episodes for free online at PBSKIDS.org/video and on the PBS KIDS Video App for iDevices.

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Planner:
Also, on March 1st the PBS KIDS Shop will launch a Birthday Party Builder Tool – a one-stop-shop for parents’ every party needs offering customizable recommendations based on number of guests with exclusive, personalized products based on The Cat in the Hat. It will offer tips on everything from tableware and party banners to clothing and gifts.

For years there has been a lack of commercial products available for a Dr. Seuss themed birthday party so we’ve all been crafting, decorating and making our own versions to celebrate. I think it is great to have another resource to pull from to get ideas or order products to make it easier when planning a party. I can’t wait to see what they have lined up. 

SALE: Be sure to use the discount code ‘CELEBRATE’ to save 10 percent on any Dr. Seuss items now through Saturday, March 3.

Find out the time for The Cat-in-the-Hat-a-thon in your local area by clicking here.

PBS KIDS KUED- Utah Reading Marathon Party
We attended this fun party in January as a reward for tracking our reading. The kids had fun meeting the characters. Local children's organizations each hosted a booth with a theme from one of the PBS Kids characters.


The kids got to dig for dinosaur eggs (with prizes inside) at the Dinosaur Train booth, do silly science experiments at the Sid the Science Kid booth and read to therapy dogs at the Martha Speaks booth. We had a fabulous time.


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Dr. Seuss Activities from Education.com

If you are looking for more Dr. Seuss, Read Across America, activities I came across this whole series of projects at Education.com.
Look at all these fun crafts and games you can do to celebrate with kids.
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Make a Cat in the Hat – inspired hat
Make Your Own Fun in a Box
Yertle the Turtle Stacking Game – with walnuts
One Fish Two Fish Water Game

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Hop on Pop Hopscotch
Or this Fox in Socks – Sock Puppet
Hop on Pop inspired Crazy Eights game
Horton the Elephant Trunk and Ears

They also have the 20 page free printable Dr. Seuss Activity Book from Seussville.
Plus many more Seusstastic ideas. Click here to see more at education.com.

Education.com is for parents who want to be involved in the education of their children. From kindergarten to college prep, Education.com provides educational activities and printables to help kids reach their full potential and  make learning fun.
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Dr. Seuss Crafts Created by obSEUSSed

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Dr. Seuss crafts I’ve created and shared on this blog.

Get Creative Celebrating Dr. Seuss!
There are thousands of ways you can celebrate Dr. Seuss and encourage literacy for children. Let your kids pick out one of Dr. Seuss’ books and I’m sure you’ll be inspired to come up with a craft or activity to go along with it. I’m so impressed with all the projects I’ve been seeing online. I’m glad I’m not alone in my obSEUSSion.  I’ll share more Dr. Seuss ideas throughout the coming week as we lead up to his birthday on Friday. Here are a few I've created.
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Just click on a picture below to take you to the project details.



Also remember to check the Dr. Seuss Link Collection here on obSEUSSed with ideas from other crafters, teachers, moms and more.

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Along with my collection of 1,000+  ideas on Pinterest for Dr. Seuss crafts, parties, activities and more.
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Some great Dr. Seuss Linky Parties to check out:

Dr. Seuss Celebration Linky Party at Happy Birthday Author
SEUSS-per Linky Party at Mrs. Bainbridge's Class blog.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Linky Party - hosted by 15 blogs.
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ReadExploreLearnJD4Tip Junkie handmade projects

Get Creative Celebrating Dr. Seuss!
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The Lorax and Cat in the Hat Pencil Cans {Craft}

Friday, February 24, 2012

My kids and I made these Lorax and Cat in the Hat pencil holders out of recycled cans to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Dr. Seuss and the new Lorax movie release on March 2.
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These are hands-on kid crafts that take 5-10 minutes to make.
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How to:
Find orange and yellow felt then trace the shape of the Lorax in orange (or light brown) then cut out. Use yellow felt to cut out the mustache and eyebrows. Don’t worry about getting it perfect. Glue the pieces together and glue googly eyes on. I also used a permanent marker to add details.
Cut out scrapbook paper or cardstock to cover the can, then glue the Lorax on.
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I just used yellow pencils and drew zigzag lines around them with a black permanent marker.  We tried the turquoise fur glued to the top first. It looked great but it didn’t stick well. You could probably try hot glue but I wanted my kids to do this – so we ripped the fur off and I let them wad up wrapping tissue paper. They glued the balls of tissue paper to the top and they worked perfectly.  I also tried using it as a vase and it looked cute with flowers.
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My inspiration (I combined these two ideas)
I love this felt Lorax by Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots. She also has a pattern and a game to go with it. I found this via Pinterest. I like her movie version of the Lorax. Mine above is more based off the book.
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I also saw these great Truffula Tree Pencils at the Zakka Life by Jessica.
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This is the felt Lorax storyboard I made years ago.
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We really needed these pencil holders for our homework table (these would look great in a classroom too). I can never find a pencil when I need one so both these cans will stay at our homework station.  My son loved coloring the stripes for the Cat in the Hat can.
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How to:
Cut white card stock to cover the can. Draw stripes on with a pencil and tell your child which sections to color red. Then have them trace the lines with black marker. Glue the paper to cover the can.
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Now hold the paper to let the glue set for a few minutes. Trace a 1 inch circle around the can on the felt. Cut the felt out.  Add glue to the bottom of the can and add the felt to the can. This will be the hat brim (and make it soft to put on tables).
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I hope you have fun trying out this quick DIY Dr. Seuss Craft!
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LORAX APPS:
With the movie coming out you can check out the two free apps from Universal Studios. Kids will love them. The Official Lorax App lets you hold the screen over your mouth to look like a mustache. The Lorax’s mouth moves when you talk.
The movement is pretty jumpy, even after we adjusted the microphone sensitivity, but my son doesn’t care (and hey, it’s FREE!). This is fun to use while reading the book, or just to talk to each other and pretend you’re the Lorax.


This video is only 5 seconds. See how it works. Get The Lorax Free App here. “I am the Lorax, I Speak for the Trees.”
The newer app is the Lorax Truffula Shuffula. It is similar to Bejeweled Blitz (which I love) but it is more kid friendly with great truffula graphics and fun sounds.  I’ve had it a few days and it has frozen up 3 times so far so I hope they fix the glitch, but otherwise a great FREE app.
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Check out The Lorax Garden, game app for kids created by Oceanhouse Media. This game is only 99 cents and is another great one to play while you explore the story. Lorax Garden App
And I can’t wait for The Lorax movie to be released Friday, March 2. Click here to see a helpful review by a mom on Today’s Mama. She says there are five musical numbers in the movieSmile. The trailers look funny and have excellent graphics. I can’t wait to take my kids next week.Lorax_movie_poster
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Dr. Seuss Baby Shower Party

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I’m excited to share this Dr. Seuss baby shower Deborah created for her granddaughter, who is due to be born on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2.  Deborah contacted me to share her pictures to help inspire others looking for ideas to host a Dr. Seuss party.

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How about this fabulous Dr. Seuss cake created by Amanda Grooms?
So many wonderful elements from Dr. Seuss books that she incorporated, including a real fish bowl.
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Deborah handmade this sign with a Dr. Seuss quote from Horton Hatches the Egg.

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Deborah also handmade this colorful Dr. Seuss quilt (for another grand baby) using fabric by Robert Kaufman. Notice the detailed curved stitching including sewing the baby’s name into the quilt.
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Dr. Seuss style gifts:
Baby clothes, fleece tied quilt, Six by Seuss book and more of the handmade quilt by grandma Deborah. I also love the idea of making a pillow case to store the quilt in.
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Dr. Seuss Party Food ideas:
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Dr. Seuss food ideas:  The signs had these titles and a quote from the book.
  • Three Cheese Trees (One Fish Two Fish) cubed cheese
  • Brown Bar Ba Loots Truffula Fruits (The Lorax) Grapes
  • Gertrude McFuzzy Berries (Gertrude McFuzz)
  • Skipper Zips Chips (Oh Say Can You Say?)
  • Remarkable Foons Sizzling Hot Pebbles (If I Ran the Circus) Jalepeno Poppers
  • Noodle Eating Poodle Noodles (Fox in Socks) pasta salad
  • Yink Pink Ink Drink (Fox in Socks) Pink Lemonade
  • Brown and Blacks Snack (Hop on Pop, Eat a snack with Brown and Black) Peanut Butter sandwiches cut up
  • Valley of Vungs Chocolate Rocks (I had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew) Chocolate covered nuts
  • Katroo Cake (Happy Birthday to You) The Cake
  • Yot in a Pot (There’s a Wocket in my Pocket) anything you want
  • Biggle Balls (Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book) meatballs
  • Last Can of Who Hash (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)
Dr. Seuss Party Decorations:
My favorite decorations are the Truffula trees she made with fluffy feathers (hair bows from Hobby Lobby) and long bamboo sticks and plants. She added stripes to the sticks and plants.
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The handmade Dr. Seuss sign post is in place by the food at the party. The utensil table is set with a striped table cloth and the kitchen window is surrounded by Dr. Seuss cut out classroom wall d├ęcor you can find from teacher supply stores.
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Dr. Seuss Table Decorations: She made signs for the food, and book covers in frames for the guest tables. Center pieces were the truffula trees and fish in a dish along with fun polka-dots scattered around.
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Storytime Spot for kids: She had a reader that sat in the chair with a cat hat on and read Dr. Seuss stories to the kids at the shower!
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Photo Booth Wall: Gather all your Dr. Seuss plush animals, several books and decorate a mantle. Then have decorated frames, a few cat hats, some boas and a silly sign for guests to hold for photo opportunities.
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Guessing Game:
They filled a jar with Grinch Hearts (candy hearts) and let the guests guess how many were inside. Whoever was closest got to take the jar home as a prize. The answer: 120- won by a little girl named Audrey!
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DIY MAGNET FAVORS: They also made all these magnets from Dr. Seuss stickers as a party favor for guests to take home.
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I wish Deborah and her family a life full of joy, especially with the new arrival of her granddaughter. Thank you for sharing your party with us.

Some of these ideas were inspired by other parties Deborah has seen on the web. She pulled all this together along with her own creativity to create this party. It turned out amazing! I hope this gives you some good ideas if you want to host a Dr. Seuss themed party.
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