National Read Across America Day

To celebrate the 19th annual National Read Across America Day and further promote literacy, Mother Goose Time provided a free downloadable Cat in the Hat themed packet. Not only does this coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we happen to be half way through our 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten challenge! Thus, I happened to be in a celebratory mood and ran with the Dr. Seuss theme.

We started our day with nothing less than green eggs and ham (or bacon) with ‘Yink pink ink’ to drink! Before making the ‘pink ink,’ we read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. It was challenging to find a recipe that would produce a Dr. Seuss worthy pink drink. I found an interesting one at http://foxeslovelemons.com/berry-beet-smoothies/ I have used beets to color pancakes in the past but never achieved consistent color while still camouflaging the taste. I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I had to improvise.

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For ‘Yink Pink Ink’ we used:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 roasted beet
  • 5 baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 3/4 cup of ice
  • Approx 1.5 cups of milk

Fortunately, the excitement of making ‘pink ink’ combined with real glass cups and fun straws aided the kids enjoyment of the smoothie. Although not bad, our version could use a little tweaking! We laughed as the kids attempted to wink during the story but consuming our concoction was serious business!

To make the green eggs, I pureed spinach in the blender and then added the eggs. It has been a long time since I made green eggs, so I sprinkled their favorite Italian blend cheese on top for good measure. The kids never questioned the beautiful green color and enjoyed reading Green Eggs and Ham while they gobbled up their breakfast!

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Mother Goose Time provided the template for our first craft. The kids decorated their own hat, cut it out, and glued it to a paper bag to wear. My son’s head was a little big for a paper bag, so we modified it to make it a headband! It was the perfect time to pause and read The Cat in the Hat.

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In addition to the Mother Goose Time activities, I found plenty of inspiration from pbskids.org/catinthehat and seussville.com/parents. For example, PBS provided printable finger puppets. I had the kids glue them to card stock and then I assisted with cutting out the characters. We took turns retelling The Cat in the Hat and the kids had fun adding some interesting twists to the original tale!

Then we transitioned to playing Copy Cat. My kids adapted the game and we took turns pretending to be a mama/daddy cat and two kittens. The two kittens had to follow whatever the parent cat did.

While I prepared lunch, the kids completed Dr. Seuss inspired coloring sheets and a Melvin, the purple Martin maze. During lunch, I asked them to tell a story using the prompt “If I was the cat in the hat…” The stories they fabricated were comical. They also requested to hear Inside Your Outside! by Trish Rabe that we checked out for our February Mother Goose Time unit on Food and Fitness.

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After nap, we listened to the audio book What pet should I get? by Dr. Seuss. Although I prefer reading to audio books, occasionally a few audio books will show up in the rotation. It was the first time we had heard the story and I will probably follow it up with the print edition. Without a doubt, the illustrations are an integral component of Dr. Seuss’ stories. My son used chalk to draw imaginary pet monsters while my daughter crafted her own version of hop scotch.

After we drew pet portraits, we made a Splendiferous Salad to share with our dogs. The kids washed the produce and then chopped apples, carrots, zucchini, and lettuce. It was a good opportunity to review kitchen and food safety for them and the dogs!

A true birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without party clothes, candles, and singing the birthday song!

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As much fun as we had in Seussville, I am relieved to return to our normal Mother Goose Time lessons. Planning and prepping for the day was a huge time suck and I ended up neglecting some other important tasks. Mother Goose Time’s monthly curriculum is comprehensive, organized, and requires minimal prep from the educator which gives us more time to spend with our children!

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