March 2nd is Read Across America Day!
Read Across America Day has been a day created by the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading since 1998. The NEA chose the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday to get children excited about literacy and reading, much like a pep rally for football. So, we want to help cheer children on as they develop a love for reading and provide you with some easy, hands-on and fun actvities. We’ve gathered together our favorite crafts and ideas to engage your students and bring their reading to life on Read Across America Day.
Write a Letter or Create a Card for Dr. Seuss
Children of all ages can have fun with this idea! We have this free Dr. Seuss letter printable from our friends at Education World that you can use to have students practice their writing. They can tell him about their favorite book, wish him a happy birthday, or even tell him what their favorite Dr. Seuss character is. Have these Cat in the Hat Pencils with Toppers ready and waiting for them as they enter the classroom!
Add some creativity and imagination to the activity by having students make a handmade card to Dr. Seuss that you can display in the classroom. Use pom poms, pipe cleaners, sequins and other fun embellishments, while encouraging them to decorate their DIY card like their favorite Dr. Seuss book cover.
DIY Dr. Seuss Bookmarks
Along the same lines as the handmade cards above, children can also create their own bookmarks and decorate them. (You can use this card stock so that they are more durable) Again, using pom poms, pipe cleaners, sequins, string, and felt will really get them excited to use it in their next book!
We love these simple bookmarks that you can download for free here -from The Country Chic Cottage Blog
You can also pass out pre-printed bookmarks for your classroom to use after their reading sesson.
Easy Decorating for the Classroom and Hallways
Get the entire school and parents excited about reading by decorating for your celebration! Our Dr. Seuss Bulletin Board Quote Set is perfect for setting the scene and creating a fun atmosphere for your Read Across America Day event.
Crafts to Match the Dr. Seuss Books You’re Reading
These crafts are great for young children and can really allow them to explore their imaginations when you, or your guests if you are having some for the day, are reading to them. We love both of these ideas below from Glued to My Crafts Blog! The best part is you only need a few supplies – paper plates, construction paper, finger paint, and craft sticks.
This Green Eggs and Ham in the frying pan is perfect to have children make and use as they are listening and reading.
Children are never too young to begin their love for reading, so make sure to even get infants and toddlers involved in the day with this One Fish, Two Fish craft for mom and dad to take home.
Get into Character with the Cat in the Hat
Our favorite character just might be the Cat in the Hat, and these two crafts below make for getting into character super simple. We have these Cat in the Hat wearable cat hats , which students will love (for less than 30 cents per hat if you use our blog offer code!). Pair the hats with this Cat in the Hat Nose Craft from the teacher’s blog, Kindergarten is Crazy, your Read Across America class selfie will be perfection!
Make a Wocket in Your Pocket
We are loving this creative craft idea from Munchkins and Moms! Can you imagine all of your students reading or listening to the Dr. Seuss “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” book and having their very own?
Dr. Seuss Reading Rewards
To continue the celebration and keep the children excited about reading, set some challenges and goals for them moving forward. Display the goals for motivation and accountability in the classroom using this Reading Goal Kit and have simple prizes like these Dr. Seuss Stickers.
Dr. Seuss Posters
Let Dr. Seuss “rule the school” with classroom signs that encourage manners and respect. Use the poster pack with 1 each of 6 different colorful designs to hang in your classroom for the entire week of Read Across America Day!