Dr. Seuss games and toys are put into service every March 2, when Dr. Seuss’s “birthday” is celebrated. March 2 is celebrated annually, in schools all over the United States, as part of Read Across America. The National Education Association created Read Across America to promote reading to young students. Combining the day with Dr. Seuss’s birthday is a way to make the whole thing a lot more fun for kids.

Teachers use Dr. Seuss games and toys, as well as costume pieces, to promote the idea that reading is fun. Here are some of the best Dr. Seuss games and toys to get the party started.

Dr. Seuss Games

Dr. Seuss Thing Two and Thing One Whirly Fun! Game for preschoolers (pictured above) debuted at the American International Toy Fair in Manhattan. It’s one of more than a dozen Dr. Seuss games developed by Wonder Forge since the company’s inception in 2007.

The Dr. Seuss game follows the story of The Cat in the Hat. With Mother out of the house for the day, The Cat in the Hat has brought Thing One and Thing Two to play. But these Things run about with bumps, thumps, and kicks. Kids have to work together to clean up their mess before Mother comes home.

Dr. Seuss What's in the Cat's Hat? Game

Dr. Seuss What’s in the Cat’s Hat? Game

Dr. Seuss What’s in the Cat’s Hat? Game combines deductive reasoning and sensory exploration into one game for preschoolers. It’s essentially a Dr. Seuss spin on the traditional 20 questions game. The Hat Master places an object inside the hat. (No peeking!) Then children can either ask questions about the object, or, if they get an action card, reach in and feel the object. Frankly, the hat alone is awesome.

See more Dr. Seuss games at www.wordforge.com and Amazon.

Dr. Seuss Toys

The Lorax Dr. Seuss Toy

The Lorax is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. (It’s tied with The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.) This plush Lorax toy (available at Amazon) is completely adorable. He’s a great way to highlight a wonderful Dr. Seuss book, that has an important message.

Dr. Seuss Fish Bowl

When my children were little, sensory toys were my favorite. I especially loved stuffed toys that made a crinkle sound. The Dr. Seuss One Fish Bowl Activity Toy (available at Amazon) has five soft fish. Each of them makes a different sound. They come with a soft bowl, which is perfect for toddlers to put the fish in, then take them out. Then put them in. Then take them out. If you know toddlers, you know what I mean.

Dr. Seuss Merch

Okay, these aren’t toys, but they’re super fun, so I wanted to include them.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Hat

The Dr. Seuss birthday hat goes beyond the red-and-white Cat in the Hat hat. Teachers could wear them for read-aloud time, or allow a student to wear it as a prize for good behavior. Or, you could just buy one (available at Entertainment Earth) and wear it on your birthday.

Grinch Mug

Heat-reactive mugs are all the rage. (I love my Harry Potter mug that reveals foot prints on the Marauder’s Map as it gets hot.) This Grinch mug (available at Entertainment Earth) has an image that changes from a black heart to a red heart with the words “Grow Your Heart.” Tip: Don’t put it in the dishwasher! It will never work again. Trust me.

About Dr. Seuss

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

Source: Word Forge