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North Hills Kids Virtual & At-Home Activities
Now, more than ever, it is important to keep our children engaged and stimulated as we all work through this period of uncertainty. North Hills Kids, presented by Wells Orthodontics, is here to help! We’ll be releasing weekly blog posts with ways your children can still benefit from programming, even if it is virtual! When we all work to #stayhome, we can move closer toward gathering outside together very soon!
In this week’s lesson plan, we take you into the wacky and colorful world that is Dr. Seuss!
Dr. Seuss was an American children’s author from Massachusetts. His first children’s book, And to think that I Saw it on Mullbery Street, was published in 1937, after being rejected 27 times by publishers! In 1943, Dr. Seuss joined the US Army and met Chuck Jones, with whom he collaborated to create the famous How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Dr. Seuss published over 50 books in his lifetime, all filled with creative colors and ideas that take you into a whole new world.
This week, we’re breaking down our 3 favorite Dr. Seuss books, The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, with activities, printables, & Seuss themed treats your children will love!
The Cat in the Hat
First things first, you have to read the book! Click HERE to listen along to The Cat in the Hat for free!
Ever wonder what your own “Shrinkamadoodle” would look like? Visit PBS Kids for a collection of coloring pages, quizzes, and games to test your knowledge of our favorite mischievous cat.
Thing 1 & Thing 2 Bookmark
What You’ll Need:
- Square piece of white paper
- Red, blue, & white fabric scraps
- Black pen
- Scissors & glue
Follow these steps to create your own bookmarks!
Cat in the Hat Word Family Hat
This activity is a great way to enforce early phonics and spelling lessons for your kids. Compete to see who can make the tallest “rhyming hat” in this easy at-home learning activity.
“Then he said “That is that.”
And then he was gone
With a tip of his hat.”
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Hot Air Balloons
- Cut scrapbook paper into hot air balloon shapes and let your child decorate how they would like.
- Cut the “basket” from brown paper
- Have your child write what they want they want to be when they grow up on a piece of paper
- Add two pieces of string to attach the balloon to the basket and glue their writing piece onto the front of the balloon basket.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go Cookies
- 1 17.5-oz. bag Sugar Cookie Mix (mixed according to package directions)
- Liquid food coloring (pink, blue, yellow, purple)
- Rainbow Sprinkles (if desired)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Divide dough evenly into five bowls, and color each with a different color liquid food coloring.
- Roll each color of dough into grape-sized balls.
- Combine a ball of each color and quickly roll into a larger ball. It will look like a little beach ball. Then roll that ball between your hands and the counter until you have a cylinder about 12 inches long.
- Starting from one end, roll the dough into a coil, twisting the cylinder as you go.
- Roll edges of the cookie in sprinkles.
- Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, or until done.
“OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights!”
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Create your own word search by clicking HERE. Find, replace, and design your own for free!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Popcorn Munch
What You’ll Need:
- Popped Popcorn
- Red melting chocolate
- Sprinkles (red, white, & blue)
- Peanut M&Ms
- Swedish Fish
- Place popped popcorn in a bowl
- Melt red chocolate in microwave
- Drizzle red chocolate over popcorn
- Add sprinkles & Fish
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
Extra Weekly Activity
Each week, we will be ending with our top pick for an activity or idea to help keep you and your family going during this time. This week, we celebrate all the wonderful moms out there with this list of 12 Mother’s Day Ideas During Quarantine.
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