It’s Dr. Seuss week with the Virtual Book Club for kids! I’ve been so excited for this week because Dr. Seuss has been a favorite since of mine since I was a child and I always love activities to go along with the books. We chose to do some to go along with The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss, to explore shapes and silhouettes of familiar things around the house.
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The Shape of Me and Other Stuff has the fun words and rhythm that we’re used to in Dr. Seuss books, but the illustrations are done in silhouette to focus on shapes. My favorite thing about this book is that we can still appreciate the unique art of Dr. Seuss, even in silhouette form!
This book us wanting to make our own shapes with some things from around the house. We had fun with this, especially when it came to making shapes with favorite toys.
Activities ideas to go along with The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss:
Tracing Your Body for “The Shape of Me”
We just had to do a “shape of me,” so we did this one first. It’s pretty simple and straightforward but kids really enjoy seeing a tracing of their body. This can be done outside with chalk or on large paper inside.
I had my child lay down and pose. Of course he did his favorite strong person pose. He just loved seeing his pose traced out like that! I then traced around his body and wrote “ME” on it. My son traced the word too.
Shape Resist Painting
For this art activity you’ll need two sheets of paper, paint and brushes, a pencil, tape, and scissors. Alternatively, you can use contact paper.
We chose a favorite toy as a guide and traced around it on a piece of paper (or contact paper).
Next, we cut the shape out and lightly taped it down to the paper (we rolled the tape and used it underneath so it wouldn’t show around the edge). If using contact paper, simply cut the shape out and stick it to the paper. You may want to test it to be sure it will peel off of the paper you are using easily.
We then painted over the entire sheet of paper. We chose blues and black since it’s a space scene.
After painting over the entire thing, we let it dry completely before carefully peeling off the shape.
The shape was revealed! My son was so excited about this one that he made another one to hang in his room.
Tracing Shapes, Guessing, Matching, and Coloring:
I used familiar items from around the house and traced them onto a piece of paper.
Before playing the matching game, my son guessed what the shapes could be. It was fun for him after I revealed the items to see if his guesses were correct.
Next, he matched the objects to their shapes.
After he was finished matching, we colored the whole paper together.
By then, Little Bro was up from a nap and did the matching game too. He loved it, and Big Bro felt proud to have made a “puzzle” to share with him.
More Dr. Seuss Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids:
Teach Kids Letters Through Play from Mama Smiles
Green Eggs and Ham Letter Practice from Still Playing School
Alphabet Puzzles from Sea of Knowledge
Would You Eat This? A Green Eggs & Ham Activity from Sunny Day Family
Horton Hears a Who Listening Activities from JDaniel4’s Mom
Dr. Seuss Sensory Play with Kinetic Sand from The Educators’ Spin On It
Lorax Cause and Effect Matching Game from Inspiration Laboratories
Green Eggs and Ham Game: Color Word Egg Sort from Growing Book by Book
Color Mixing Truffula Trees Art Project from School Time Snippets
Color My Feelings With My Many Colored Days from Teach Beside Me
Wacky Wednesday Visual Perception Activity from The OT Toolbox
Read Cat in the Hat with DIY Thing Puppets from Preschool Powol Packets
Ten Apples Up on Top Printable Math Activity from The Moments at Home
Wacky Painting for Kids Inspired by Wacky Wednesday from Toddler Approved