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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is this weekend. Our family is sitting down in our Dr. Seuss style reading nook to read a few of his books.
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This is a corner of our play room. Behind me taking the photo is a mess of Legos, train tables and a Barbie house. But this corner is our reading spot.  Dr. Seuss once said to “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks!”  We have taken that quote to heart at our house and filled every corner with books.
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We also added a swing to this spot in our playroom. It is a huge hit. I wish we had room to add more swings because with three kids, they fight over taking turns all the time. They normally don't read on the swing but I had my son hold the book for a quick photo. The prefer the chairs in the corner for reading time.



The ceiling hooks were purchased at IKEA. THen we added carabiner hooks from Home Depot and a swing from our outdoor playset. IKEA has darling swings you could use too. We just figured we could use what we already owned. We can take it down easily to get it out of the way for other play time.


I hand painted the water color Cat in the Hat and framed it.
I found the red magnet board for $2 at a thrift store. We use Dr. Seuss magnets on it.
The lower left round stool is a Dr. Seuss popcorn tin from Christmas back in 2003. The kids keep toys in it and use it as a stool.
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See the Bean Bag above? It is filled with Dr. Seuss stuffed animals but they kids love to sit on it while they read.  See how I made the Bean Bag here.
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Who Let the Cats Out of the Bag?  Can you ever have too many Cat in the Hat toys? The one hanging on the door is a laundry holder. The kids unzip the bottom and use it as a basket ball hoop.
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There are two windows in this room. I made the curtains years ago using Dr. Seuss fabric for my daughter’s room. I made the tab tops look like the Cat in the Hat striped hat.  I found 2 white floating shelves at a yard sale for $5 and they fit my windows perfectly so I hung them up top and set Dr. Seuss books on them. These are duplicate books we own so the kids don’t need to try to get them down.
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The photo below has a poster of a photo collage of our trip to Universal Studios, Seuss Landing. The kids love to see themselves having fun on the rides there.
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I remember the rotating bookshelf below from my childhood school library. I’ve always wanted one of my own, so when I saw it listed in the classified ads for $15 I went to get it right away (only 5 blocks from my house). It has the ABC’s on the sides so I just taped on the Dr. Seuss book covers from a bulletin board set I found.
  The rocking chair was also from the classified ads. It was a Winnie the Pooh style chair and I recovered it with Dr. Seuss fabric. I made the pillow cover with classic red and white striped fabric.
Our kids love to pull down the Dr. Seuss finger puppet theater and Jack-in-the-box to play with.
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DR. SEUSS BEDROOM
Sarah from the blog Bombshell Bling just shared this SEUSStastic bedroom she created for her son.  Check out the Truffula trees in the corner, the book page bunting and the hand made Dr. Seuss quilt and pillows.
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The box above is used for dress-up clothes. She used book pages to create the design on top and lined the entire inside with book pages too. Click to see more photos.
She used Dr. Seuss fabric to cover cork boards for the wall and seat covers for the stools. She used a bulletin board kit for the multi-signs post.
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I think my favorite part of the room is this hidden book nook. She turned his closet into a reading spot. There are books inside and the huge Cat in the Hat cut out. I love the little turquoise chair too. Notice the Dr. Seuss quote framed by book pages on the wall, she is going to post the quote as a free printable on her blog soon.
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There are so many more details to this room. Click here to see more photos and ideas to help you create a fun Dr. Seuss style room.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the laundry bag. I did my nursery in Dr. Seuss and I used bulletin board decorations I got at a teaching store.

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