Badge: Seuss Games

SGame_04_URLHaving fun is essential! Let’s explore ways we can incorporate games into our Seuss theme.

 

 

Steps

 

1. Traditional games.

Using traditional games can be adapted for use with Seuss stories. Here are a few ideas:

  • “Seuss Says” instead of “Simon Says” and use items in the books for actions to do
  • “Duck, Duck, Goose” to “Cat, Cat, Hat”
  • Charades featuring titles of books or well-known characters
  • Pin the Hat on the Cat
  • Twister
  • Tic-tac-toe with eggs, hats, etc.

Make the games super-size for more fun!

2. Hat toss.

Not only did Dr. Seuss have an odd hat collection, you can see odd hats in his books. Create and / or decorate your own unique hat. Then, try a toss for distance, height, accuracy or anything you can think of.

3. Relays.

You can do a relay in a variety of ways. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Shoe Relay — everyone throws their shoes (one or both) in a pile, relay is to run to the pile, put on your shoe and tag the next person for them to find theirs.
  • Costume Relay — collect wacky items and include dressing in the outfit as part of your relay
  • Balance Relay — balance one or more items during your relay

What other Seuss ideas can you use for a relay?

4. Feet play.

How can you play with your feet? Why not explore what you can do with your feet in a special type of “Seuss Says”? Get in a circle and call out things to do with feet (or a single foot) and see how everyone reacts. Some commands might include:

  • Left foot
  • Right foot
  • High foot
  • Low foot
  • Front feet
  • Back feet
  • Side feet
  • Fast feet
  • Slow feet
  • Duck feet
  • Monkey feet

Add your own feet commands to make it even more fun!

5. Skills.

Look at the skills exhibited by the characters in Dr. Seuss’ books. Try adding these to your games / activities. This might include:

  • Balance items on wooden spoons while hopping
  • Balance items on your head
  • Bouncing on large balls with handles
  • Juggling
  • Say alphabet or count backwards
  • Skipping backward
  • Stacking items like books

6. Senses BINGO.

Using senses, create your own unique BINGO game. You can have essential oils and spices for smelling, gross slimy things for touching and even strange sounds for students to guess. Make a sheet listing items for each sense and have your participants choose five for their card for each sense. One of the supplements to this badge set are blank senses BINGO cards.

7. Original Seuss game.

Make your own Seuss game. You might want to include a board, cards and more. If you need the basics for creating your own games, check out the Enrichment Project badge program “Printables: My Games.”

8. Math story problems.

Using your favorite Seuss book, create your own math story problems. This can be anything from counting items to ordering publish dates and more.

9. Trivia game.

Create your own trivia game with information from the Seuss books. You can also find trivia questions / answers online that you can incorporate into your own game.

10. Printable fun.

Explore the printable games for this badge program or find some online that you can print and try.

11. Online games.

You can also find online games based on Dr. Seuss’ work. Try one or more. Which would you recommend to others?

 

 

Supplements Available

SUPP_Seuss_Senses_Bingo.pdf

  • BINGO: Adjusted to include senses

SUPP_WF_Fractured Titles.pdf

  • Word find: whole and partial titles of some of Dr. Seuss’ books

SUPP_WF_Seuss Characters.pdf

  • Word find: names of some Dr. Seuss characters 

Sites to Explore

 

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Seuss Games

 

Badge: Earth Day

EarthDay_04URLWe have one resource that we need to protect — our planet. Let’s celebrate it with a holiday!

 

 

Steps

 

1. Earth Day.

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. It celebrates and supports protecting our planet. It was first celebrated in 1970 and is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. It is celebrated in over 192 countries each year. Learn about this holiday.

2. April 22.

The date was chosen to maximize participation on college campuses. It missed both spring break and final exams. Find out what local colleges / universities are doing for this holiday. Can the public participate? If so, find out how.

3. Earth Anthem.

Abhay Kumar’s “Earth Anthem’ has been translated into eight languages, including all official languages of the United Nations. Listen to it. What other songs reflect the holiday?

4. Earth Day Network.

www.earthday.org

From an online leadership guide to events and activities, the network contains many resources. Explore the site.

5. Communicate through stories.

Read “The Lorax” or another book that discusses the issues of protecting our planet. How can you relate the story to Earth Day? Read and discuss the possibilities with kids to get their views and ideas.

6. Service.

www.epa.gov/students/communityservice.html

Providing service is a great way to celebrate the holiday. Check to see if your community, school or organization is planning on doing something for this holiday. You can also check out the EPA’s ideas for service.

In the past, my girls have helped pick up trash, spread mulch over park trails to protect the land and worked to remove invasive plants at the Indiana Dunes.

7. Involve your family / organization.

Look through crafts and activities to include others in celebrating Earth Day. Choose and do one or more of these.

8. Raise awareness.

Find a way to raise awareness for Earth Day. This might include making posters, flyers or even a video about the holiday and / or ways to protect our planet.

9. Beyond Earth Day.

The service and activities that you do to celebrate the holiday can be continued throughout the year. Make a plan to do so!

 

Supplements Available

SUPP_Earth_What Can I Do.pdf

  • Blank sheets to write or draw your own PLUS a starting list to start thinking

SUPP_Earth_Look.pdf

  •  Draw the earth like you would like to see it

SUPP_Earth_Street Art.pdf

  • A few printables to share on Earth Day

SUPP_WF_Earth Day.pdf

  • Word Find: Earth Day

SUPP_WF_Recyclables.pdf

  • Word Find: Recyclables

 

Sites to Explore

 

To download a PDF of this badge program, click here: EP_Earth Day

Grab ‘N’ Go: Foam Sit Upon SWAP

SWAP_FoamSU_lrlThis simple SWAP can be made easily by one person or you can get a group together for an assembly style session.

 

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Paper punch
  • Needle (plastic canvas)

Materials:

  • Craft foam, cut in squares
  • Yarn or other fiber
  • Safety pin

 


 

Steps:

Squares — Cut a square of fun foam. The sample is a 2″ x 2″ square.

Punch — Punch holes around all four edges.

Stitch — Wrap yarn through the holes.
NOTE: Varying the stitches will give you different looks.

Add pin — Add a safety pin for the SWAP.

 

OPTION: Decorate as desired.

 

 

To download a PDF of this Grab ‘N’ Go sheet, click here: GnG_Foam Sit Upon SWAP_lrl

Grab ‘N’ Go: Fabric Sit Upon SWAP

SWAP_FabricSU_lrlSearch your stash or sales to find cheap fabric. Just be sure if it comes apart, you use some glue on the edges to keep the fabric from unraveling.

 

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Needle

Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Fun foam or felt squares
  • Thread
  • Safety pin

 


 

Steps:

Squares — Cut out squares from the fabric, two for each SWAP. For filling, cut a slightly smaller square (1/4″ all edges) from felt or fun foam.

Filling — Place a fabric square with the patterned side down. Put a fun foam or felt square down and then the second fabric square. When you flip it over, both sides should have the outside of the fabric showing.

Stitch — Using a needle and thread, stitch all four edges to hold it together and tie off.

NOTE: Use a non-water soluble glue on edges to make sure it doesn’t unravel if you are worried.

Add pin — Put safety pin through edge.

 

 

To download a PDF of this Grab ‘N’ Go sheet, click here: GnG_Fabric Sit Upon SWAP_lrl