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Story Time: The Lorax

Story Time: The Lorax - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Happy Seuss Week, Everybody!!

I know, this is my 3rd Seuss in a row, but I promise I’ll lay off for a while after.  And who can resist the stinkin’ Lorax?  Not this girl!

Ah, the Lorax.  I love that dude.  Who else shows children the dangers of commerce and deforestation quite so well?  We’ve been learning a lot about deforestation and its effects on animal species during our Asia studies, and the Lorax gets referenced often.  Beyond all that, The Lorax is a great rhyme with lots of whimsy that your littles will truly enjoy.  How can you add to their enjoyment?  Let me count the ways!

The Lorax Activities

Story Time: The Lorax - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Language

Seuss, like Carroll, is famous for coming up with his own words when need arises.  Hey, I’m a writer, I get how sometimes words just don’t quite get there when you’re describing something or need to rhyme.  Here’s a free download for your littles, a fun worksheet where they can come up with definitions for Seuss’s made-up words and even make up a few of their own.

Lorax New Words Printabale for Story Time: The Lorax

 

Science

Though The Lorax is a bright, fun, cheerful-looking book with lots of weird words and ideas to giggle at, it broaches the very serious subject of deforestation.   Here is a free download that will teach your littles a bit more about this serious problem.

Printable Mini Unit:-Learn About Deforestation for Story Time: The Lorax

A good science project to go along with The Lorax (especially considering the time of year–yeah yeah, come on spring!)  is to plant seeds and watch them grow.  You can do this right in your house if you have a sunny spot in front of a window.  If you’re like me, you don’t even have to get fancy.  I use old cardboard containers that held mushrooms and old egg cartons to start seeds in.  Just thrown in some potting soil and a couple of seeds, then water daily.  Your littles will love watch watching their own plants grow and also get to see how vulnerable plants are to human intervention.

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Craft

Cardboard Roll Lorax & Truffula Tree

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The LoraxWhat you need:

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • 1 cardboard roll
  • 4 1/2 x 6 inch rectangle of orange construction paper
  • 2 2-inch pieces yellow chenille stem
  • 2 1-inch pieces yellow chenille stem
  • 1 5-inch piece striped chenille stem
  • 1 1″ pom, any color (we used the glittery kind)
  • 1 small orange pom (which I forgot to put in the pic–oops.  My bad.)
  • googly eyes
  • Tacky glue (works so much better on chenille and poms than school glue.  I love Aleene’s Quick Dry)

What you do:

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • Run a line of glue vertically up your cardboard roll.  Glue one 4 1/2 inch edge onto the roll, leaving the excess sticking up from the top.

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • Roll the paper around the tube
  • Run a line of glue along the paper to glue in place.

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • Find the middle of your tube and glue the nose on just above it.
  • Glue the eyes in place, leaving room for the mustache.

 

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • Fold the 1-inch yellow stems in half.  With the fold facing inward, glue eyebrows above eyes and adjust to your liking.

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • Fold 2-inch stems in half.  Glue them into place on either side of nose, again adjusting to your liking.

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • Using a decent-sized glob of glue, glue one end of your striped stem to your large pom.  Hold it in place for a few seconds, then set aside.

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • Using scissors, fringe top of construction paper where it overhangs the tube.

Lorax and Truffula Tree Craft for Story Time: The Lorax

  • Attach your tree to your Lorax with tape.

 

Food

Truffula Tree Marshmallow Pops for Story Time: The Lorax

Truffula Tree Marshmallow Pops

Oh my.  I think I’m copping out on this one.  They’re really easy, but Littlest gave them 2 thumbs up.  Well, they Are Mostly Sugar, so what 10 year old wouldn’t?  Just sayin.’

What you need:

  • Cream Cheese or Vanilla frosting
  • Jumbo-sized marshmallows
  • Food coloring (red, green, yellow, blue)
  • Sucker sticks 

What you do:

  • Separate your food coloring into 2-4 small bowls
  • Mix a few drops of food coloring into each bowl, creating 2-4 colors of frosting
  • Stick one end of a sucker stick into the flat side of a marshmallow
  • Frost your marshmallow
  • Do that again
  • When you have enough trees for a small forest, stop doing that

The most important activity you can do with The Lorax is have a real conversation with your littles about the impact of their own carbon footprints, what can be done to help slow global warming, and career options for people who are really interested in the environment and the laws (both natural and man-made) that govern it.  Remind them that they have to love this planet as fiercely as they love each other, or eventually none of us will have a place on which to love.  And we have to have a place to love on because, y’all,

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. Oh my gosh the cuteness! Great ideas! I would love for you to share at my Monday of Many Blessings Link Up!!

  2. Great post! We’re currently studying Asia too! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

  3. Thanks so much for joining the #LMMLinkup hop this week!

  4. I’m loving the cute craft! (Don’t TP rolls make the best projects!) Would you please share this with our readers at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup? #LMMLinkup http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=904
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  5. I love the Lorax cardboard tube craft. It’s just darling!
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