Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) was a magnificent storyteller, partially because he was so good at letting his imagination run wild! Since the anniversary of his birth is coming up I wanted to make a fun craft project that would encourage my kids to be imaginative storytellers too. This is a simple project that turns Mod Podged blocks into a Dr. Seuss story block game.
I used some of my color blocked colored blocks to make this project, but any blocks will do. You could even upcycle some old toys that your kids don’t use anymore. I also used outdoor Mod Podge because it is so durable, but if you are worried about kids putting the block in their mouths you might want to use the kids Mod Podge instead.
You can use any Seuss clip art you can find online for your blocks. Just make sure you have a mixture of characters and images that can portray verbs or other nouns. Resize the images so that each one will fit on a side of one of your blocks. Print them out, trim the excess paper off, and Mod Podge the images to the blocks.
When you play the game, let the children decide what each image represents. For example, the picture in the top row, second from the right could represent “sit,” “scared,” “mistake,” “yell” or any number of other words. You will be surprised at what kids will come up with!
To play the game, just have the kids take turns rolling the blocks like dice. Then they should take those three images and use them as the basis for a story. This group of pictures could turn into a story about how the Lorax and Thing 1 and Thing 2 went on a car trip to Disney World!
This roll could turn into a story about Fox in Socks inviting Horton over for Thanksgiving dinner. Each roll will be different, and each story will be unique to the child. It is really entertaining to watch your children become storytellers on the spot.
If you want to expand the activity, have the kids act out the story afterwards, write the story in a journal, or paint a picture of the story’s plot.
Use this game at home, in the classroom, or on long car trips. Just have the children roll the blocks into a bowl or box, so the blocks don’t get lost under car seats.