40+ Awesome Dr. Seuss Activities for Preschool and Early Learning

Dr. Seuss is a long time favorite when it comes to great kids' books. I can remember growing up with my favorites and then sharing some of those same books with my kids. From fun rhyming books like The Cat in the Hat to the adventurous Green Eggs and Ham to the thoughtful What Pet Should I Get?, Dr. Seuss books do more than just help kids learn to read- although they're great for that! 


For years Dr. Seuss books have taught and inspired generations of kids. There's even a yearly day of celebration for Dr. Seuss and his books- National Read Across America Day- on March 2. Whether you're celebrating that day or just want to learn more about Dr. Seuss and his awesome books, here's a list of ten of my favorites, along with some fun activities for preschool and early learners to do with each.

Dr. Seuss activities for preschool


The Cat in the Hat Activities


The Cat in the Hat- This is a classic! Dick and Sally are stuck in the house while it's raining outside. It's boring...until a visit from a crazy cat!

~ This is a great book for rhyming words. Choose some of the letter patterns (ex. at, ay, all). Write these on index cards or at the top of a piece of paper. Then have a word search where kids find words with those letter patterns from the story.
~ Use red plastic cups and index cards to try this STEM activity and build the cat's hat.
~ Use kids' handprints to make Thing 1 and Thing 2 in this fun craft.
~ Have kids write or dictate their own stories about what the cat can get up to.


Green Eggs and Ham Activities


Green Eggs and Ham- Do you have picky eaters? They can probably relate to the narrator and his desire to forgo the green eggs and ham!

~ This is another great book for rhyming. After you read the book aloud, talk about which words rhyme. Have kids think of other places that rhyme where the narrator could avoid his green eggs and ham.
~ Kids can make their own green eggs with this craft.
~ Make some fizzing green eggs with this science activity.
~ Try this yummy recipe to make some dye free green eggs and ham with the kids.






One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Activities


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish- This fun classic has counting, rhyming, and opposites, so it's perfect for young readers!

~ Practice opposites with this book. Read it aloud, pointing out the sets of opposites you can find. Then think of other opposites kids might encounter on a daily basis. You can just talk about these or make a fun chart that shows them.
~ Let kids make their own fish and fishbowl with this cute craft.
~ These free goldfish printables will let kids use goldfish crackers to count, sort, and more.


Dr. Seuss's ABC Activities


Dr. Seuss's ABC- I can remember reading this ABC book when I was young! (That means it's really old ya'll!) Even if your kids are past the age to learn the alphabet, it's a fun one to read together.

~ As kids are learning letter recognition, you can use flashcards to let them match the letters of the alphabet with the letters in the story.
~ You can also use the free cards here to let kids practice matching upper and lower case letters.
~ Let kids make their own ABC book. Use cardstock in a binder. On each page, write a capital and lower case letter in the center. Then using magazines, newspaper ads, or search online for things that begin with that letter. Cut out and attach to the correct page. This can be an ongoing activity where you work on a letter a day or a letter a week.
~ Get outside and combine your book activity with a nature activity. Take pictures of things that begin with each letter of the alphabet as in this Photo Scavenger Hunt activity.


Fox in Socks Activities


Fox in Socks- This is a classic tongue twister. After kids have heard it again and again, they'll be trying it out for themselves!

~ This book has more classic rhyming from Dr. Seuss. But there are also some rhymes with word endings that sound the same but are spelled differently- like "fox" and "socks." Point this out to kids and talk about how many ways there are to make different sounds.
~ Play a socks rhyming game. Take real socks- probably Dad's because they're larger- and attach a card with a word ending on it- ex. "at", "or", "all." Have kids collect items from around the house or yard that end with that sound in each sock.
~ Print out these free tangrams and tangram mats for some Fox in Socks STEM fun.
~ Kids can make a really cute handprint fox puppet like the one here.



Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Activities


Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?- All kids love animal sounds. (And most adults love getting cute little kids to make animal sounds!) That's why this Dr. Seuss classic is so much fun. And it's not only animal noises. Oh no! Kids will be making all sorts of noises after reading this one. (Maybe you can send them outside!)

~ Onomatopoeia is a big word. But it's a fun concept to talk about with kids. If you need a simple way to explain it as well as some examples, check out this site. Then pick out lots of examples from the book.
~ Head outside for a sound scavenger hunt. Walk around the yard or around the block. Encourage kids to be quiet and listen to see what noises they hear. Write some of these down. When you get back inside talk about them and see if kids remember what that noise sounded like.
~ Do this thunder science experiment inspired by the thunder sounds in the book.
~ Create a sound collage. Have kids find pictures or print them from online of animals or objects they know the sound of. Collect these in a collage. Then kids can have fun telling you all of the sounds.


Ten Apples Up On Top Activities


Ten Apples Up On Top- This is a fun book to read and play around with. Can you balance ten apples- or more- up on top?

~ Use counters to count out how many apples are on top on each page. If you have round, red counters, that's great.
~ Dr. Seuss books have actual funny stories, not just rambling rhymes. Cover up the words on each page and have kids make up a story to go with the pictures. Older kids can write out sentences with help. Younger kids can dictate.
~ Kids can use dot markers to complete the cute number activity you can print for free here.
~ Use real apples to see how many your child can stack. Help them to use critical thinking to decide how more apples can stack without falling over. What else can you use from around the house to get the apples to stack higher? This is a really simple STEM activity.
~ After stacking your apples, use one or two for this apple stamping/number line activity.


Go, Dog, Go! Activities


Go, Dog, Go!- This classic is another that I remember from my own youth. It's super funny and repetitive enough that kids will be able to repeat it in no time.

~ This is another Dr. Seuss book that has many opposites. Write these opposite words on index cards, one per card. Point out the opposites as you read through the book. Then give kids a word card and have them give you the card for the opposite.
~ There are many repetitive words and phrases in this book. As you're reading the book with the kids, point to the words. Soon they'll be able to fill in the words and phrases as you go.
~ Use the instructions here to make popsicle stick cars with the kids. They can choose the color. And they could even draw their own dog in the window.
~ With the STEM idea here and your own small toy cars, kids can build a race track for their own dog cars.


There's a Wocket in my Pocket


There's a Wocket in my Pocket- This classic has always been a favorite of my own kids because a Wocket is so cute. The child in this story finds all kinds of imaginative characters in his house. And Dr. Seuss, in his classic rhyming style, gets really creative about what those characters are.

~ There is a repetitive sentence pattern throughout this story- "There's a _________ in my __________." After reading the book, choose some places around your house and have kids make up their own rhyming characters to be there.
~ This lacing activity would be a fun one to do with the kids after reading. There's some rhyming practice here too!
~ Encourage kids to get creative and describe a creature in their own pockets. Draw a pocket out for them to illustrate and let them write or dictate sentences about the creature.
~ Provide materials and let kids create their own wockets for a fun STEAM activity.


What Pet Should I Get?


What Pet Should I Get?- This is one of the Dr. Seuss books that was found and published after his death. If your child has ever wanted a pet, he'll relate to this story.

~ The premise of this book can inspire some critical thinking. When it was written, picking out a pet from the pet store was fairly common. Now we know that it's great to adopt a pet instead of buying one from the store. You can use this to have a good conversation about the difference and which is better.
~ What pet would your child pick out if given the choice? Have him write or dictate and draw it. You can use this free printable to help.
~ Use this fun matching game to help kids think about where different pets live.
~ This is a great, simple activity based on choosing a pet for teaching graphing.
~ Visit a pet store to see the variety of animals you can find there. (Better lay down some ground rules about what you will- or won't!- bring home.)

Dr. Seuss activities for preschool

Looking for more fun to celebrate Dr. Suess?


Use The Foot Book to introduce kids to the concept of measurement in this activity from Homeschooling in Progress.

Read The Lorax and have some fun with a Truffula Tree craft in this activity from The Gingerbread House.

Learn more about the amazing art behind the Dr. Seuss books with this study from Tablelife Blog.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss with these cool crafts for kids of all ages from That Kids Craft Site.

Explore some balancing magic with this Dr. Seuss-themed science activity from Kid Minds.




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