Kids Programming–Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

A Dr. Seuss party is a great way to bring families into the library.  We break our event into two parts–a 30 minute story time, and a one hour playtime with crafts and games.  And cake…people will always come if there’s cake.

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But first…

The Story Time

Dr. Seuss stories are amazing…but they are SUPER long.  So when doing a story time, it’s important to do stories that are short and engaging.  Me and Mr. Mark, our storyteller, always do three stories for this part, trying to add a new story every single time.  Here’s a list of the best ones to do for a story time.

“Green Eggs and Ham”

We’ve done this one for three years, and it’s a hit every time.  And it’s great for a two person story time.

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The way to make it really entertaining is by making it kinda slap sticky.  Like, when I ask Mr. Mark if he’ll eat green eggs and ham in the rain, I spray him with squirt guns.  Kids lose it EVERY TIME!!  Or when I ask him if he’ll eat them on a boat, I put a giant inner tube on him.

“Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You??”

Really simple to do, and it’s interactive so kids can help out.  Also goes pretty quick.

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“I Am Not Going to Get up Today”

We recently discovered this one–great to do live.  Jess made the headboard and we just added an air mattress between stories; Mr. Mark just read the story laying down.  Then I would do the actions in the story to try and get him out of bed.  Really slapsticky again, which the kids always love.

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Those would be my Top 3 suggestions, but we’ve done a few others.  Last year we did “Sneetches” which was fun to do but it REALLY went over the kids’ heads, even though we shortened it.

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But our Sneetch machine turned out amazing, thanks to our circ assistant Joel.

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We’ve also done “I’ll Lick 30 Tigers Today.”  I hung 30 big tiger cutouts on a board, and as Mr. Mark read the story, I would take off more tigers!  It went well, but tell kids ahead of time what the word “lick” means, otherwise kids will think you’re actually licking tigers.  Maybe get some boxing gloves, maybe your high school has some.

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And we’ve also done “The Zax,” which went okay but again kids didn’t really get it.  But our bridge turned out amazing, thanks to Joel again.

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After that, we clean up really quick and move on to the party.

Activities

While Mr. Mark cuts the cake, I go around and explain the different stations that we have set up.

“One Fish, Two Fish” Fish Pond

Easy to set up and make.  All I did was trace out a fish, cut out both sides, and glue it together with a large paperclip by the nose.  Add some white for the eye and use a black marker around the edges and you got some fishies.

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You can give out prizes if they catch one, but kids just like playing with it regardless.  I always tell my kids it’s catch and release.  Here’s my template if you want to steal that:

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“Cat in the Hat” Ball Toss

Easy if you have some Cat in the Hat hats lying around like we do.  If not, you can probably make some easy enough with coffee cans.  We stuck some pails in there and kids had fun tossing balls into the hats.  Maybe have a volunteer here because some kids REALLY love to throw them.

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Pin the Heart on the Grinch

Miss Gloria made this.  It’s awesome.  We laminated it to make it last longer.

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Crafts with Old Books (Great for Buttons, Coasters, or just Decorations!)

First save all of your old copies Seuss discards and razor out the pages.  There’s SO many things you can do with them.  If you have a button maker, it works great for that.  You can get some bathroom tiles and make them into coasters, though that craft is a bit more complicated.  But kids also just like sticking it on the back of some cardstock and taking it home.

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BUT I ALWAYS tell my kids that we should NEVER cut out pages from books, but since these were well-loved, it’s okay and we are recycling.

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Make Your Own Hat or Lorax Mustache

Kids can cut these out and color them any way they want.  Here’s my templates:

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Great for photo ops!!

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“Wocket in my Pocket”

Print this out on green paper or cardstock.  These didn’t go as fast as the other items but it’s still great to have.

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Extra Stuff

There’s plenty of great craft ideas on Pinterest, so you should have no shorage of funderful ideas.  Check out Target or Party City, since they usually have Seuss stickers, pencils, and bookmarks to give away.

“I am what I am, that’s a great thing to be.
If I say so myself, happy birthday to ME!”

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