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Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Okay, so obviously you want to do more than one Seuss book for Seuss Day (or month.  or week.), so here is my all-time, since-I-was-a-little-slip-of-a-thing, very favorite-ist Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham!

Woot woot!

Why is this my favorite?  Because I do love a rebel, and the curmudgeonly old dude who refuses through 95% of the book to even consider liking green eggs and ham cracks me up.  Plus the persistence of Sam is also hilarious.  In fact, this book might be the very reason I refuse to jump on movie and book bandwagons until their pop status has petered out and I can enjoy them because I want to, not because everyone else says I should.

I mean, remember that whole Twilight frenzy?  Those books were Terrible.

Anyway, you must have fun activities to do with your littles for this super-awesome book, and I am quite happy to provide them.  So let’s get going!

Green Eggs and Ham Activities

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Language

You may not know this, but the story behind this book is that Seuss’ publisher, Bennet Cerf, bet him that he could not write another book without exceeding the 236 words it took to write The Cat in the Hat.  Seuss took that bet and blew Cerf away by writing Green Eggs and Ham with only 50 words.

Here are the 50 words:

a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you

See if your littles can write a story using only those 50 words.  Here’s a free download to help them along.

Write Your Own Seuss Story Printable for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

Science

So, color me creatively disabled this week, but I couldn’t think of a unit study to do with this book.  It might have something to do with the wonderful adventure that was my birthday (more on that at week’s end) taking a full day of work away from me.  Not complaining.   Best. Birthday. Ever.

But since our curmudgeon takes a boat to get away from Sam in the book, I thought it would be cool to do boats for science.

Floating Boats Experiment

Floating Boats Science Experiment for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

What you need:

  • aluminum foil
  • paper
  • sponge
  • straws or sucker sticks (for masts-optional)
  • sinkful of water
  • pennies

What you do:

  • First, assemble several different boats out of different materials.  Here are some directions from Scholastic for an origami paper boat:

 

origami boat scholastic

  • Here’s a youtube of the same process, but with aluminum foil.  Of course, you can also just shape a boat with the foil like one one of these from Science Buddies:

foil boats

  • The sponge boat is pretty simple.  You just attach a mast through the top of the sponge, add a triangular paper sail, and boom.  Floating boat.

Floating Boats Science Experiment for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

  • Once you have your boats made, put them all in the sink to see which one floats the best.

Floating Boats Science Experiment for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

  • Carefully add pennies one at a time to see which boat holds the most weight while still floating.
  • Have sea battles.
  • Host regattas.
  • Use those straws to blow a storm at your boats.
  • Take your boats to a creek and play poohsticks… er, boats.

Yeah, these are a load of fun.

Craft

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Craft for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Paper Craft

Yeah yeah, I would not like them in a box.  I would not like them with a fox.

This is a simple paper craft that is just too cute!

What you need:

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Craft for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

What you do:

  • Print out the template
  • Cut the head, body, outer ears, and tail out of orange paper
  • Cut the belly, face pieces, tail tip, and inner ears out of white paper
  • Cut the box from a color of your choice

 

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Craft for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

  • Glue the head to the body, with the rounded sides facing each other and the head overlapping the body
  • Glue face pieces onto head, lining up outer curves with outer curves of head

 

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Craft for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

 

  • Glue the belly onto the bottom of the body, lining the straight edges up

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Craft for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

  • Glue the tail behind the body (either side will do)
  • Glue the tail tip to the top of the tail

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Craft for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

  • Glue the inner ears onto the outer ears
  • Glue the ears to the back of the head

 

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Craft for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

  • With the black marker, draw a nose toward the bottom of the face pieces, centering it in the orange space in between
  • Draw eyes inside the face pieces

I Would Not Like Them With a Fox Craft for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

  • Glue the bottom of your fox to the top of your box.  Write a message on your box or decorate it however you like.

 

Food

Uh… Green eggs and ham, y’all.  What else?

Green Eggs and Ham Recipe for Story Time: Green Eggs and Ham

Only, I’m not going to give you a recipe.  Mostly because I don’t know how you like your eggs.  But make sure you add some fruit or veg to that deliciousness.  Gotta keep those littles eating right!

I will say that chances are pretty darn good you won’t find green eggs at the regular grocery store.  Find a farmer’s market or a farming friend who has Ameraucana chickens.  They’re the ones that lay green eggs.  Just so happens I have Ameraucanas.  Lucky, lucky me!!!

My, oh my, I do love Dr.  Seuss.  Would you be mad if I fit one more in next week?  I hope not!

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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10 Comments

  1. Writing a book in 50 words that is still a popular and relevant book all these years later is a miracle.

  2. I do I do Like Green Eggs and Ham and every other DR Seuss work-I did this a few years ago
    http://www.bookroomreviews.com/theodor-seuss-geiseldr-seuss-03021902-09241991/
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  3. How awesome! I love these activities.
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  4. Very interesting! I have this book and will be reading it to my 4 year old say 6 months down the line. Would love to see your posts in the Practical Mondays Link Up:)

  5. Wow! Every time I come to your blog, I get to know something new. This time, this is about the 50 words used in this book. Thank you so much. Coming from Literary Musings.
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      I believe that may be the greatest compliment I have ever received. Thank you so much! Don’t you just love knowing things? It’s my favorite. 🙂

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