We are coming up on March 2nd, which is Dr. Seuss’ birthday also known as Read Across America Day! So to celebrate this day and a great children’s author I came up with a fun alphabet learning activity that also tapped into my son’s need to move!
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ABC Truffula Trees Gross Motor Matching Game
One of Caden’s favorite Dr. Seuss books is The Lorax! So I thought it would be fun to use his interest in this story to create the ABC Truffula Trees Gross Motor Matching Game! I originally planned to play this game much like we did the ABC Snowflake Match or ABC Star Hunt & Match, but Caden wasn’t interested in playing the same ol’ way, so I had to change it up a bit! I did this by bringing out the scooter board and having him move around while finding matches!
Supplies Needed to Make Your Own
- Craft Foam in various colors
- Foam Alphabet Stickers
- Black Permanent Marker
- Spray Bottle
- Scooter Board (optional, but a lot of fun!)
How to Make ABC Truffula Trees
- Trace circles using a mason jar lid ring on the craft foam and free-handed the wisps of the trees a pencil.
- Carefully cut out all the tree tops with scissors and stick foam letter stickers in the middle.
- Cut long strips of yellow craft foam out with scissors for the tree trunks.
- Using a black permanent marker outline the tree trunks and write in matching letters.
How to Play
Your kids can really play this game anyway they want, it’s quite versatile like that! But since Caden seemed to need something extra special to play on this day, I decided to pull out our scooter board. To set up the game, I created a “forest” of tree trunks on our dry erase easel board. Then I tossed the Truffula tree tops all around the floor with the scooter board in the middle.
Then I invited Caden to match the Truffula tree tops to the trunks. Caden had so much fun scooting around the room to collect the tree tops. One by one he brought a tree top to the easel and matched them up to the tree trunks, using a little spray of water to stick the tree top to the matching trunk!
You can find more fun activities inspired by Dr. Seuss on my Pinterest Board!
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