Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time. His books are funny and educational, and they teach kids important life lessons. If you’re looking for some fun Dr. Seuss activities to keep your preschooler entertained, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we will provide a free printable Dr. Seuss activities for Preschool kids pack that includes coloring pages, word searches, and more!
Who was Dr. Seuss?
You will learn a little bit more in our Dr. Seuss Activities for Preschool kids, but Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was a world-renowned children’s author. He wrote over 60 books during his lifetime, including classics such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Dr. Seuss’ books are beloved by children all over the world for their humor and educational value.
Dr. Seuss’ stories have been translated into more than 20 languages and are read by children in countries all over the world, making him one of the most well-known writers ever!
He was of German Descent
Dr. Seuss was born on March second, 1904 in Massachusetts where he grew up with his parents Henrietta (a homemaker) and Theodor Robert Geisel (a trolley car conductor). Dr. Seuss’ parents were German immigrants who had immigrated to the United States in 1901 when Dr. Seuss was just three years old!
Was Dr. Seuss a real doctor?
Do you know who else wasn’t a real doctor? Dr. Seuss!
He used the honorific “Dr” because his dad expected him to study medicine, but in reality, Theodor Geisel had degrees from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from Whittier College on top of being an accomplished author with many books under his belt–including 31 million sold worldwide so far (that’s pretty big).
Why did he start writing?
Dr. Seuss started writing books because he wanted to help children like himself who struggled with reading and learning English as a second language, particularly those whose parents were immigrants from other countries!
What was his first book?
Dr. Suess’s first book was titled “And to Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street” which sold over one million copies worldwide since its release in 1937!
His books ended up selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death!
It All Blew Up
His books became popular and a family tradition over a few generations to the point that many were turned into films, TV shows, stage productions, exhibitions, digital media, and licensed merchandise. I think my favorite movie is the Jim Carey version of The Grinch.
Dr. Seuss Books Banned
It seems weird that a man of such distinguished honors could have banned books!
It is truly a sign of progress that we can look back at items in the past and see how they could be considered hurtful to certain groups of people today.
Here is a great example: my grandpa, who was in the Army Air Corps of WWII talked about the segregation of the military. There were no people of color in his unit, they were all in their own units.
Today? We realize that this was not a kind way to treat our fellow humans and while some people still act like butt heads, most people are amazing at accepting everyone for who they are and how they behave.
So here is what happened:
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced on March 2, 2021, that it will stop publishing and licensing six books by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) in an effort to preserve his legacy for future generations of readers and be more culturally sensitive.
The publications include And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), If I Ran the Zoo (1950), McElligot’s Pool (1947), On Beyond Zebra! (1955), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) and The Cat’s Quizzer (1976).
According to the organization, the books “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong” and are no longer being published due to racist and insensitive imagery.
I LOVE the fact that we can grow and improve as a collective culture.
When I was younger
I remember going to Target, with my mom, when I was about kindergarten age to sit in on Dr. Seuss Story time! They celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with little goody bags for the kids (mostly full of single-serving snacks), read three books to the crowd, and then had coloring sheets ready to work on.
My mom was awesome at finding things like that for us to do – we went to so many libraries, store events, even Toys ‘R Us!
It just goes to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create great memories – and I hope that this FREE Printable for you today does the same thing: helps to create memories.
Eat Something Fun
My Mom has a lot of great recipes on her website and this collection of 25 great recipes for Dr. Seuss fans is just the thing to make for celebrating this fun day! Pick something off this great list: 25 Dr Seuss Inspired Snacks.
Get your FREE Dr. Seuss Activity Sheets
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we are providing a free printable Dr. Seuss activity pack that includes coloring pages, word searches, and more! Click the link below to download your copy!