On March 2 the National Education Association will gear up for the Read Across America Day. The event coincides with the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourages children and teens to read through many events, partnerships, and reading resources. For children who adore The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, Wikki Stix has some special crafts to accompany the books! Gather your own Wikki Stix and come create some FUN crafts to encourage fine motor skills and pretend play along with special readings for a day that kids will remember!

Dr. Seuss Fine Motor Crafts for Kids!

Dr. Seuss Fine Motor Crafts for Kids!

THING 1 and THING 2

Materials needed:

  • Craft Sticks (2 per child)
  • Red/Light Blue/Black Wikki Stix
  • White paper
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors

Set out all supplies on a large table or tray to invite the kids to create.

Step 1:  Wrap approximately 2/3 of a craft stick with red Wikki Stix.
Step 2:  Cut small pieces of light blue Wikki Stix and attach behind the unwrapped end of the craft stick to resemble blue hair.
Step 3:  Cut small black pieces for the eyes/mouth and place on the unwrapped top portion of the craft stick.
Step 4:  Cut a small circle from white paper and write THING 1 on the paper with a permanent marker. Attach the circle directly to the red Wikki Stix body and press firmly.  There will be no need for glue or tape as the Wikki Stix will hold the circle in place.

Repeat the steps above for THING 2.  Write THING 2 on the white circle before attaching to the craft stick body.

TRUFULLA TREES

Materials needed:

  • 11 Wikki Stix (any color) for each trufulla tree
  • One straw (per tree)

Step 1:  Invite the kids to count out 10 Wikki Stix and place the 10 strands closely together on a table or a tray.
Step 2:   Fold all 10 strands in half and press the looped ends together.
Step 3:  Place a straw behind the looped ends and wrap an additional Wikki Stix around the straw and the loops to hold in place.
Step 4:  Carefully separate each of the ends of the Wikki Stix to form the top of the trufulla tree (see photo).

If desired, additional strands of Wikki Stix can be used to hold the tree upright.  Simply wrap the Wikki Stix around the bottom of the straw several times and press onto a table or a tray for pretend play with the Wikki Stix created THING 1 and THING 2.

Wikki Stix will not only enhance fine motor skills through creating, but language skills are encouraged by extending stories with pretend play!  In the words of Dr. Seuss, ““You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

For additional crafts to accompany The Lorax by Dr. Seuss for Read Across America Day, please see:

Read Across America with The Lorax!

Wikki Stix Thing 1 and Thing 2

Wikki Stix Thing 1 and Thing 2

Wikki Stix Trufulla Trees

Wikki Stix Trufulla Trees