If you want creative thinking, ask Storytellers. On the international email list, Storytell, we heard the announcement of the Dr. Seuss exhibition, Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!, so we started getting a variety of suggestions and comments, starting with hats.
|Yes, that's Dr. Seuss in one of his many hats!|
- "The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" was inspired in part by Dr. Seuss's love of hats and his own collection, so you might start collecting hats in places missed by the exhibit.
- Hold a campaign to find 500 hats .. children can make hats; children can make up stories about hats.
- People can send you hat recollections; Hat making tales; Myths about the origin of hats.
- Papa Joe replied with the perfect counterpoint to Bartholomew Cubbins, the equally classic
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958." Papa Joe admitted he " might only now own a half a dozen hats,but once sold caps. And yes, I wore them all on my head and walked around the grounds. 'Caps for Sale! Caps for Sale! Fifty Cents a Cap!' "
Talking about the visual importance of Dr. Seuss, both Papa Joe and Nick Smith felt the illustrations were necessary to their telling.
I would like to suggest some other options beyond the "finger twister" of signing Green Eggs and Ham I mentioned in the first part of my two looks at celebrating Dr. Seuss.
- I especially love the collection of short stories, The Sneetches and Other Stories and, of course, Dr. Seuss's illustrations are a large part of the fun, but it's good for kids to make their own pictures in their minds, too. For the title story, they can have stars in hand to go along with you as they "go on again, off again, through the machine they raced round and about again." (Of course at some point -- you choose before or after -- it's good to picture the star on and the star off machines and also those "snooty old smarties.")
- Another story in that book I dearly love is "What Was I Scared Of?" Ask the kids if they know Dr. Seuss once wrote a spooky story and how they can tell it, too. Some stiff construction paper or, better yet, card stock can let them trace around their fingers to make their own spooky pants to tape on their fingers after you tell it to show what a great finger puppet it makes.
- If storytellers want to live dangerously, Charles Kiernan suggested the perfect "nightcap", the Doctor's own prescription, The Sleep Book. Charles promises "It works every time on stubborn-to-go-to-sleep children."
- "5 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday" -- that link is the one for teachers, but using the search Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday Scholastic claims to have 137! activities for librarians. It really is a broader search than just our topic, but it has a lot for the Seuss celebration.
- Also aimed at teachers and homeschoolers is Apples for the Teacher's
( Apples for the Teacher)
- About.com's Parenting section includes Family Crafts and while "Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday in March" is geared to families, there's nothing to stop others from using the page full of ideas. It also is just one in a series of craft ideas for holidays throughout the year.
- Pinterest's bulletin board is also jam-packed with ideas . . . hmmmm "jam-packed" sounds like some of the recipes there!
I guess it's time to have Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, get my own wishes
After dying in 1991 at age 87, virtual greetings are in order for a truly Timeless author!