Read Across America Day Activities

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    What is Read Across America Day?

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    "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." - Dr. Seuss

    For children who are learning to read and teachers who are teaching the foundational skills of rhyming and phonics, Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel is a well known hero. The American writer and cartoonist who is most famous for The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax is celebrated every year in March by the National...MORE Education Association with Read Across America Day. Events are planned within schools systems and throughout the community, nationwide that include activities such as guests readings of a favorite Dr. Seuss book to a class as children also partake in themed games and activities.

    Here are several Dr. Seuss themed games, toys and activities to help celebrate Read Across America activities which also promote a child's love for reading and learning. 

     

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    Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABC

    Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABC
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    It makes perfect sense that a Dr. Seuss game such as Super Stretchy ABC would help children also learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet, in a fun, multi-sensory way. With this game, children touch a variety of body parts to various letters on the mat, stretching, twisting and turning their bodies while learning letters at the same time.

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    LeapFrog LeapReader

    LeapFrog LeapReader
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    LeapFrog toys are all about providing educational activities and experiences for children who are especially learning to read. The LeapReader looks like a pen, but when it is placed on certain pages in special books it can read text, help children sound out words, ask comprehension questions and make all sorts of silly sound effects. Aside from reading games the LeapReader also functions as an MP3 player and a variety of games and songs can be downloaded to the device. Books in the LeapReader...MORE series include from the Cat in the Hat, as well as other popular Disney and Nickelodeon characters from movies and animated television shows.

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    Dr. Seuss Fun Machine

    Dr. Seuss Fun Machine
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    The Dr. Seuss Fun Machine game includes matching and memory games. While there are 3 different games that can be downloaded within the free app, the cards in the game can also be utilized without an iPad for character, shape and color matching.

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    Dr. Seuss Finger Puppets and Hand Puppets

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas puppets
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    Manhattan Toy has adorable Dr. Seuss finger puppets and large hand puppets that can be utilized when reading and acting out scenes from The Lorax, How the Grinch Stole Christmas,  Horton Hears a Who and The Cat in the Hat.

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    Cat In The Hat Plush Toy

    Cat In the Hat Plush
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    These plush toys are a great way for young children and adult readers to get in the spirit of Read Across America Day by involving a large stuffed animal in their reading and themed activities around The Cat in the Hat.

     

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    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Game

    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
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    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a game of "I Spy" and hidden treasures. Children pick a card, then look inside one of the 5 doors for the matching item. However, if they spin a "Wave" they shake the box back and forth, and the item will hide in another location. Children also learn about concepts such as near, far, here and there. 

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    Dr. Seuss One Fish Stacking and Nesting Blocks

    Dr. Seuss One Fish Stacking and Nesting Blocks
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    Toddlers and preschool aged children love to stack and nest blocks. These durable, glossy cardboard blocks from Manhattan Toy tell the story of One Fish Two Fish and are great for cooperative social play.

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    Dr. Seuss I Can Do That Card Game

    Dr. Seuss I Can Do That Card Game
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    This Dr. Seuss themed active card game is a simpler version of the I Can Do That Board game. Children complete silly actions and exercises with the foam red fish as they "dance, to a bedroom, with the fish on their head."

     

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    I Can Do That Game - Wonder Forge

    Dr. Seuss I Can Do That Game
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    The Dr. Seuss I Can Do That Game is a physical game that encourages children to complete multi-step actions using different Dr. Seuss themed playthings. For example, they will complete tasks such as, "Can you jump up and down, with the cake, between your elbows?"

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    Dr. Seuss Puzzles

    Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Puzzle
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    Recommended for ages 3 and up there are a variety of 24 piece Dr. Seuss themed interlocking puzzles including Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks and The Cat in the Hat.

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    What's In The Cats Hat Game

    whats in the cats hat game
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    In the What's In the Cats Hat Game, one child is the Hat Master who takes the hat into another room then hides a mystery object inside of it. Included question and action cards will help children use their senses and deductive reasoning skills to identify the mystery object.