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.
And when it came to Dr. Seuss’s crazy books, my favorite was always In a People House. It always surprises me how few people have heard of this book.
Every March we have fun with some Dr. Seuss crafts & activities. This year I pulled out the old copy of my favorite book to read to the kids.
Afterwards we had fun with some simple In a People House Dr. Seuss activities.
This activity is great for early readers. For older kids be sure to check out these fun Dr. Seuss activities for older kids.
In a People House activities
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 the shapes 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.
Word Scavenger Hunt for In a People House
For our second activity 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.
It turned out to be a great activity for early readers.
Words you may want to include for your early reader: bed, lamp, door, rug, sink, wall, T.V., chair….
If you read the book 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.
I hope you and your child enjoy these In a People House activities as well.
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