Dr. Seuss Inspired Book Crafts

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today, in celebration of Read Across America Week and in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2, 1904! We got crafty and made breakfast and art projects for his books “Horton Hears a Who”, “Put Me In The zoo” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”. I love doing projects with children’s books, they really enjoy it, it brings the characters to life!

This morning we woke up and made pancakes with green eggs and ham. Inspired of course by the book “Green Eggs and Ham”, which we read while eating. Then we finished up the crafts we were working on.

With a little Pinterest inspiration we made 4 different types of art projects, I love how they turned out and I am so excited to share them with you!

Aren't they the cutest!

- Horton Hears A Who Inspired Canvas Craft -

In the making of this craft, my four year old daughter and I were joined by two of her cousins… My brother and his three year old daughter and my sister-in-law and her 22 month old daughter. 

“A person is a person, no matter how small” Horton Hears a Who by, Dr. Seuss

We read the book “Horton Hears A Who”. Then I put on the movie Horton Hears A Who, while we worked on our projects.  I had three canvas’s I was saving for something special and I always have acrylic paint on hand. I bought a mixed color/size bag of sparkly pom poms and green pipe cleaners from Michael’s Craft store. We pained the girls hands with gray acrylic paint and stamped them on the canvas. We painted the line for the grass, then let the girls fill it in, same with the sun. I twisted two pipe cleaners together to get the two tone look and cut them to size, then hot glued them and the pom poms to the canvas, I then typed up the words and used regular Elmer’s glue to attach them on the canvas as well. I love them so much, the girls do too, they couldn’t wait to hang them on their walls!

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Inspired Crafts

- Red Fish Blue Fish "Hand" Puppets -

This is the second craft my brother and his daughter joined us in creating Depending on how you choose to trace the child’s hand, the fish either swim together or will look like they are kissing!  

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” One fish two fish red fish blue fish by, Dr. Seuss

Puppets are a wonderful toy the encourage creative play, can stimulate the imagination and are a fun prop to use in story telling. The cousins could not wait to finish their fish puppets and play with them! First we read “One fish two fish red fish blue fish”. Then we traced the girls hands onto construction paper, I cut out the fish lips, while my brother put the (Elmer’s) glue on the “fish fins”, then the girls got to decorate them with glitter. We glued the eyes and lips and craft stick on with Elmer’s glue as well. Then drew the gills on. 

- Red Fish Blue Fish - Fish Bowel -

This is the second craft inspired by One fish two fish red fish blue fish. 

“Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one” One fish two fish red fish blue fish by, Dr. Seuss

I took a paper plate and cut some of the top off. I turned it around and pasted (Elmer’s glue) it to the bottom to look like a fish bowl. My daughter painted the bowel light blue for the water and the base purple. After it dried I painted one hand red and stamped it thumb pointing down on the paper plate, then we did the same for the blue fish. I then glued the googly eyes on and drew on the mouths and bubbles and wrote book name. 

- Put me in the Zoo Inspired Puppet Craft -

This craft was inspired by the Dr. Seuss book “Put me in the Zoo’ by Robert Lopshire.

“Oh! They would put me in the zoo, if the could see what I can do.” Put me in the Zoo by, Robert Lopshire a Dr. Seuss book

Again, we started off reading “Put Me In The Zoo”. Then my daughter painted the paper plate yellow. While she was doing that I traced the colored spots using a stencil on construction paper, my husband cut them out for me and I cut out the rest of the characters face. When the paint dried my daughter and I used Elmer’s glue to put his face together. I used Elmer’s glue with masking tap on top to hold the craft stick on the back. He turned out so cute, he makes everyone who sees him laugh! 

If you do decide to make any of our crafts. We would appreciate it, if you can share a picture on our Facebook page . We would love to see how your art projects turn out!

If you have any questions about our Dr. Seuss inspired crafts or suggestions for books you would like to see other crafts for, or anything else… Please feel free to message me or leave a comment. Thank you for reading!

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  1. I love these Dr. Seuss inspired crafts!! So colorful and fun!! They will be so cute on the playroom wall <3

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