Discovery Play Adventure Time Theme of the Week: Dr. Seuss Week
Sun Feb 24 through Sat Mar 2
Experience the world of Dr. Seuss in our Discovery Play weekly Adventure Time theme!
March 2nd is the birthday of one of the most beloved children’s book authors, Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, so we’ve made him the star of our weekly theme in the Discovery Play center (our version of a children’s museum). If you’re looking for activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday in Kansas City, come join us! We will dive into some of the worlds he created with their unique images, characters, words and adventures.
What is Adventure Time?
It’s an additional activity you and your child can participate in during your visit and exploring in Discovery Play. Our friendly Paradise Park Play Facilitator engages our young guests in celebrating the theme of the week through 4 different activities: a story, interactive game, art project and cooking activity. Our curriculum is custom-designed by professionals who have put heart and soul into creating an enriching educational hands-on experience that is so much fun kids don’t even realize they are learning. Our program is inspired by unit studies, sensory play and experiential learning philosophies.
This Week’s Activities:
Imagination-capturing storytelling followed by a unique interactive activity that connects to the story and provides great kinesthetic learning.
This week: Our friendly Play Facilitator will begin Adventure Time in the Performance Room with the book, Ten Apples Up on Top. And in the spirit of the book, we’ll play a fun interactive game with the same name! It will bring the book to life as little ones roll dice, find the characters from the story in the room, and place apples on top of the characters’ heads.
Children follow basic instructions to create their own art project that expands on the theme and encourages small motor skill development. We have all the art supplies set up so you don’t have to have a mess at home!
This week: Dr. Seuss will continue to stir imaginations with art projects that help children experience his stories in tangible ways. Our friendly Play Facilitator will lead the group to make their very own Dr. Seuss Bow Tie, like the Cat in the Hat’s. Later you and your little one can return to the three self-directed tables for more creative time together. They can imagine all “the places they’d like to go” while they create their own artwork with transportation stamps and washable ink pads. They can explore what happens when they mix different colors of finger paints in our “My Many Colored Days” project. And they’ll amaze themselves as they use Do-A-Dot paints to “spot” their dog so he can be “Put in the Zoo!”
Kids love to make their own creative treat to eat when it’s finished. The Cooking Station teaches children to try new foods, work together and learn measuring skills. And, it’s just plain fun!
This week: Kids create one of our favorite kitchen projects of the entire year: a Cat in the Hat treat. It’s an absolutely adorable version of the Cat’s hat, that also tastes terrific!
Here are some additional ideas and resources to cultivate more curiosity about all things Dr. Seuss!
Create A Dr. Seuss Top 10 List
In honor of his literary achievements, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2, has been recognized as National Read Across America Day to inspire reading for generations to come. Though he wrote more than 60 in his lifetime, and it is difficult to choose which ones are the best, here’s one list of the Top 10 Dr. Seuss books to get you started. Spend the week reading as many Dr. Seuss books as you can. At the end of the week, have your family create your own Top 10 list of favorites!
- Green Eggs & Ham – written as a challenge to use only 50 words
- The Cat in the Hat – takes boredom and turns it into adventure
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – a great first reader and intro to language
- Hop on Pop – another great intro to phonics
- Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss’s last book published
- Seuss’s ABC – the illustrations alone bring the alphabet to life
- Horton Hears A Who – such a great message
- Fox in Sox – the tongue-twisters get you giggling
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas- an imaginative story that has become a classic
- The Lorax – more original characters from Dr. Seuss’s amazing imagination