There are a few books I remember reading over and over as a child. As a parent I love to share those childhood favorites with my own kids. When it came to Dr. Seuss books, my very favorite one was In a People House. This year, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I planned some activities for In a People House .
The first thing we did is get out the brightly colored card stock shapes we used to make our shape puppets. This time around we used them to make our very own bird and mouse — just like the characters in the story.
My 5 year-old was very particular as she made her bird and mouse. We had to have exactly 3 moon-shaped feathers on our bird’s head and a blue, twirly tail for the mouse. She wanted them to look just like the book’s cover.
After she had her bird and mouse made, she took them around the house and told them about some of the things they saw. (Just like in the book!) This was completely her idea….and I loved watching her give them a tour of the house.
When the tour was over, I had a handful of cards with some household items written on them. The idea was for her to use them to label items in our house. I tried to use words she might be able to sound out on her own — and we were both excited when she sounded out the word “bed” with no help from me.
She had fun running around the house, taping the words to the correct objects.
With a younger child, you could tell them what each card says and have them label the items that way.
I had so much fun sharing my favorite Dr. Seuss book with my own kids. And my preschooler had fun with the book activities we did for In a People House.
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