Teach Your Tot A Lot
- What: Dr. Seuss books
- When: 12 months to 10 years
- Why: Entertaining, classic, fun
- Where: Amazon
Now that we’re all stuck at home around the clock for weeks on end, we’ve gone back to these favorites. These rhyming books work great for beginning readers. For older kids, you can construct a lot of different educational activities from the colorful pages. You can have kids find objects that start with a certain letter, or group objects by color. Dr Seuss’ illustrations often feature objects in nontraditional colors, so it can be fun to compare his animals to the real thing.
Older kids can read these books out loud to younger siblings, or you can read them out loud yourself. I read several of these with my five year old last week, and by the time I finished, both his seven year old and nine year old siblings had joined us to listen attentively.
The simple illustrations also appeal to kids, and they can be a great resource. Kids can usually imitate the simple lines, then add their own color, or you can have them use a tracing board to copy directly for practice with hand eye coordination and pencil grips.
No matter how you choose to use them, you can’t go wrong with an afternoon spent with the king of fantastical rhymes, Dr. Seuss.