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Flannel Friday: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


Like bazillions of other libraries across the nation, we throwing an All-Day Seuss Day! The celebration includes, hourly Seuss readings by volunteers, crafts, ending in a big birthday bash weird Seuss-themed snacks, crafts, and games.

I will post a full description of the event soon, but for Flannel Friday, I offer these two activities:


Cat In The Hat: I Can Do That!

I love “life-sized game” programs. They’re a great way to develop high-energy fun that get kids thinking on their feet. And when you get down to it, they don’t require an unreasonable amount preparation. Board games developers have don’t have already done the hardest (in my opinion–nearly impossible) part already. They’ve made the materials, written the rules, tested (and retested) the gameplay, packaged, and sold the dang things. Trust me, if you enjoy a game on the small board, there’s a way to blow it up, and make it larger (or at least as-large-as) life.

So I knew that we’d have fun playing a life-sized version. Basically, you get a bunch of silly objects (you may recognize them from the book) and 3 sets of cards: Red 1’s, Blue 2’s, and Yellow 3’s. You spread them out on the ground. Then each kid picks one of each. When they turn the cards over and put them in 1-2-3 order, they have a  silly challenge. Like what, you ask? Like this:

Step over the trick-a-ma-stick with the birthday cake inside your clothes...I can do that!

Easy, silly, and fun!

To be honest, the Life-sized version wasn’t that hard to make. I blew up the game cards on my library’s magical BookScan Station

The cards, face down

(BTW: Does your library have one of these? They’re AMAZING!!!!)

My BFF: BookScan Station

I made 6 sets of I Can Do That! Kits:

Mother's new dress, thing-a-ma-stick, book, cauldron/fish bowl, ball, rake, toy man, birthday cake, toy boat, and a fan

We had at half of the objects laying around, the books were weeded from the collection, the dresses were donated by my lovely co-workers, and the rest purchased at the dollar store.

Anyway we had a lot of fun. I’d do this LSG again in a heart beat.

2) Roll-a-Die, Build-a-Lorax

Thanks to Anna for adding this to the FB Inspiration board

You may recognize this from the Flannel Friday Archive on Pinterest. I made the die using a set of early literacy work cubes we have in our early literacy center. They have interchangeable 3.5×3.5 inch vinyl sleeves so you can switch the activities in and out.

Anyway, I’m a Saturday librarian tomorrow, so I’m heading to bed.

Katie is hosting the #FFRU this week.


8 thoughts on “Flannel Friday: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

  1. I want to go to this program!!

  2. Cate, thanks for these ideas. We are understaffed this year so we were unable to do a Dr. Seuss bash, what a bummer, but reading this gave me great ideas for next year. Did you have the “Build A Lorax” flannel as a station/game with one child at a time building a Lorax? Did you also use it in story time? How do you do your volunteer readings per hour? Are they set up in a different room and the kids just roam in and out? Or did you have them register for a time ahead of time?

    • Did you have the “Build A Lorax” flannel as a station/game with one child at a time building a Lorax?

      We broke the big group (60 or so?) kids into smaller groups (6-10 kids). Luckily we had a HS kid volunteer show up at the last minute and I put her at that station. Since the LS Game was right next to the Build a Lorax station, so I was right there to answer questions. When she kind of snuck away to eat candy (haha), one of our more attentive parents (a regular who I adore!) asked me if she and her daughter play with it. when other kids floated over, she absorbed them into the group. And when they moved on, another awesome parent followed her lead. Over the last couple of years, I’ve developed an unwritten, ever-growing list of these parent-helpers. I don’t know what I’d do at one of these parties without them; and luckily, I’ve never had to find out. They (at least a few of them) show up to virtually every library program.

      Did you also use it in story time?

      no, not this particular one, just because the lorax doesn’t appeal to me for storytime, but I think the concept could be adapted to other stories/characters

      How do you do your volunteer readings per hour?

      we’re open 9-7, and we scheduled readers ahead of time (community volunteers+coworkers from other departments+ YS staff filled in the holes.) One volunteer stuck around for a second shift (when a I was scheduled) because he was having so much fun. Since i had a enough on my plate that day (understatement) I took him up on it.

      Are they set up in a different room and the kids just roam in and out?

      all in one big room our large meeting room can hold about 120 people, (it was madness!)

  3. I went and googled the book scan station but I’m failing to see why it is so great? Can you explain why you like it and how much it is used? We have some money left to us at our library, and this is a totally new item for us to explore.
    Thanks! Donna

  4. Please share, what is a book scan station?

  5. Pingback: Flannel Friday Round-Up 3/2 | storytime katie

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