Celebrate the sensational Dr. Seuss with reading activities and Seuss-inspired treats!
You really can’t think of children’s books and literature without Dr. Seuss coming to mind. For our family, Dr. Seuss has been an integral part of reading at every stage of learning. From an early age, my children learned their ABCs and numbers by reading Dr. Seuss’s ABC Book and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. They discovered how to rhyme, thanks to our nightly readings of Hop on Pop and Fox in Socks. They’ve embraced the idea that no dream is too big to come true by reading Oh, The Places You’ll Go. In addition, they have learned to love the most classic of all Dr. Seuss books, The Cat in the Hat.
The anniversary of Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel’s birth is on March 2nd, which also kicks off an entire month of celebrating literacy and reading with National Reading Month. What better way to show your children the importance of reading than to spend some time with them, focused on some of Dr Seuss’ books? Grab some of your favorite Seuss books and plan a month of silly celebrating with these Seuss-inspired recipes to go along with our favorite Dr. Seuss stories.
Cat in the Hat Cookies
Photographed by Kristen Doyle
Prep Time: 30 minutes
24 vanilla wafers
24 large marshmallows
20 ounces vanilla flavored almond bark
1 (14-ounce) bag Twizzlers brand Pull and Peel Licorice
1. Place almond bark in microwave safe bowl and cook on high power for 1 minute, 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir. Continue to cook in 30-second intervals until the almond bark is melted and smooth.
2. Using tongs, dip each vanilla wafer into the melted almond bark. Remove and shake off excess, then place the almond bark-covered wafers on wax paper.
3. Working quickly, add one large marshmallow to the top of each almond bark-covered vanilla wafer. Press so that each marshmallow is securely attached to the wafer.
4. Peel each licorice piece into individual strings.
5. Using a small pastry brush, quickly “paint” almond bark onto the licorice strings. Using the almond bark as adhesive, secure the licorice onto the marshmallows like stripes (resembling the Cat in the Hat’s famous hat).
6. Allow to set before serving.
Green Eggs and Ham
Photographed by Hillary Black
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
4 slices thick cut, cooked ham
2 Tablespoons skim milk
2 drops green food coloring
1 Tablespoon butter
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1. Spray non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet and add ham. Cook approximately 5 minutes, or until ham is warmed through. Remove from pan, set aside and keep warm.
2. Beat eggs and milk with a whisk until frothy. Add green food coloring and mix until color is well incorporated.
3. In the same skillet you used to cook the ham, heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
4. Add the egg mixture to the pan, stir and cook until eggs are firm.
5. Transfer eggs to a platter and serve with the cooked ham.
Participate in events or plan your own to celebrate National Reading Month. Because reading is such an important skill for children to have, take time each day to enjoy a good book together. Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 marks the National Education Association’s (NEA) annual Read Across America Day. Check out your local library during March to participate in other Dr. Seuss-inspired fun and activities. For project ideas and Seuss-themed goodies, visit the NEA’s website (nea.org/readacross) and its bookstore (http://store.nea.org). For free project downloads like the coloring page above, and to find out more about your favorite Seuss characters, visit seussville.com.
By Kristen Doyle