Contained Chaos: Leap Day and Seuss Day Activities
What a week! We not only had Leap Day yesterday, but we also have Dr. Seuss’s birthday tomorrow! I couldn’t narrow the activities down to one, so I’ll list a few of mine and Abby’s favorite activities from yesterday, and a few more that are planned for tomorrow.
Pin the Crown on the Frog
This activity is super cute and perfect for all ages. Abs and I started by coloring a large picture of a frog (You can always trace one from a book or draw one yourself.
We found ours in a coloring book). I let her help me tape the picture up on a blank wall just at her eye level. Next I cut out a crown from construction paper and let her decorate it. Then I rolled a piece of tape and placed it on the back so she could tape and untape the crown to the frog.
Now let the pinning begin! I didn’t wan’t to tie a bandana around Abby’s eyes for fear of scaring her (she frightens easily), so I simply placed my hands over her eyes while I twirled her and helped her in the right direction of the frog. I was amazed – the first time she got the crown right on the frogs head! The next few times didn’t go over as well. Let’s just say I think we found the only frog that poops crowns :)
Okay, so this one was a little more difficult since Abby doesn’t have any siblings, and the size difference between us is fairly significant. But it didn’t matter. I showed her how I could hop over her like a frog, and she had a blast attempting to hop over me (aka just throwing herself on my back).
Leaping to the Pet Store
What better way to celebrate frogs and leaping than by jumping all the way to the local pet store? Okay…so we didn’t jump all the way, but we made a good attempt :) Plus, Abby was able to make a good comparison: “Look NayNay, frogs jump way better than Abby”
Dr. Seuss Day
Green Eggs and Ham
Okay, let’s be honest, you can’t really a complete Dr. Seuss Day without green eggs and ham. My original plan was to dye scrambled eggs green for Abby, but considering last time I dyed her food green (St. Patty’s Day ’11), she had green poop, I thought I’d go a more natural route. Lucky girl will be getting broccoli in her eggs tomorrow morning :) And the ham can stay pink…not sure how to avoid that one.
Cat in the Hat Treat
This one is more for Klara’s enjoyment. You need a circle wafer, white frosting, and red gummy life savers (which we conveniently have leftover from the teacups). Place a dab of white frosting in the middle of the wafer. Have the kids put a red lifesaver ontop of the frosting dab. Repeat the sequence of frosting and lifesaver until you have a towering spectacle that looks just like the Cat’s Hat! I’ll make sure to post pictures tomorrow :)
This site has a ton of printable activities for your little ones to engulf themselves on throughout this Seussically magical day! A few of my favorite are wearable elephant ears (of course to be accompanied by reading Horton Hears a Who), a Boing Boing flipbook (you all know how I love that book), and directions for making creative critters out of egg cartons.
I will make sure to put up pictures of all the Seuss activities tomorrow. Man, it feels like my birthday all over again! Also, for those of you who need a break from all the Seuss reading tomorrow, PBS Kids is having an all day marathon of The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That. But I’m aiming for a TV free day filled with the wonderful rhymes and colorful pictures of possibly my favorite author: Dr Seuss :)