It’s Read Across America day this coming Monday, March 2.  It’s also Dr. Seuss’ birthday. If you are not sure what Dr. Seuss has to do with Thing 1 and Thing 2, here’s a quick recap.

The Cat in the Hat is a very popular children’s book in United States and other countries, and was written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Thing One and Thing Two are two main adversaries from The Cat in the Hat book.

Read Across America is a day that encourages kids to read and is celebrated every year.

To celebrate the occasion, the school will keep the kids busy making Dr. Seuss crafts and will have them visiting their pen pals at a local middle school to read books as well.

We will be celebrating all week at home too, reading lots of books, and making fun crafts to celebrate Dr. Seuss.

Seeing as this is a site for multiples, and that we are talking about Dr. Seuss, it’s only fitting I guess that we make a Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft to share with you.

thing1 and thing 2 craft

Supplies you’ll need

  • Paper rolls
  • White card stock
  • Red paint (and a paintbrush)
  • Black pencil
  • Scissors
  • Blue yarn (and a pom-pom maker if you have one)
  • Elmer’s school glue

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1: Begin by painting the paper roll with red paint and set aside to dry while you continue with the next steps.

paper roll craft

Step 2: Using either a pom-pom maker, or alternatively 2 pieces of cardboard cut into donuts make two blue pom-poms.  You don’t want them to be thick and full pom-poms though, you want to be able to make them look a little like messy hair.

how to make pom poms

Step 3: Using a stencil or cookie cutter, cut out four circles from white card stock; you need two circles per paper roll.

paper crafts

On two of the circles using a black pencil, write THING 1 and THING 2.  On the other two circles draw faces.  I found it handy to open up a website for Marisol to copy the wording and faces.

Step 4: Assemble your Thing 1 and Thing 2 paper rolls using Elmer’s glue.  Place a thin layer over glue around the top of the paper roll to attach the pom-pom hair, and then add a little to the back of each white circle and attach those too.

dr seuss birthday

How are you celebrating Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday?

If you have any crafts or activities, link them up in the comments below, I’d love to take a look.

Happy Crafting!

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