Exploring Dr. Seuss stripes in preschool…

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on March 1, 2012

in Circle Time, Dr. Seuss Stripes, Exploring Dr. Seuss, Mathematics

This week, I have introduced several different Dr. Seuss books to my students and one of the most recognizable part of Dr. Seuss books is the tall striped hat…

We took a little picture walk through several Dr. Seuss books to see what might each book might be about and we also talked about how Dr. Seuss books include lots of words that rhyme and even include silly made-up words…

The children easily recognized the tall striped hat associated with Dr. Seuss so we explored some Dr. Seuss stripes throughout the day – we actually called them Dr. Seuss sticks.  I made the stripes by cutting up Styrofoam trays into long thin strips…

Using our red carpet, we spread the stripes out to make a very tall Dr. Seuss hat.  We discovered that there is a pattern in the hat and that in order to keep the pattern, we had to spread our sticks apart so the red would show through. You could always use red construction paper or even red material for the same effect…

We counted our stripes and then each child took a turn to remove one or more stripes and we counted again to see how many stripes were remaining…

We also used our Dr. Seuss stripes to make shapes and designs on our carpet. We started by each child making their own designs…

Then we worked together to make several large group designs…

After exploring our Dr. Seuss stripes, the children were invited to the table to draw their own Dr. Seuss stripes…

On the table I had white construction paper hat-shapes, rulers, pencils, and crayons for the children to work with.  Just like we had to “space” our stripes on the floor, we also had use our rulers to “space” our stripes out on our Dr. Seuss hats..

The children used their rulers to make their lines and the crayons to either color on the lines or to color between the lines.  Each child chose which way they preferred to go…

Did you know that Dr. Seuss stripes have so many possibilities for learning? I think we could have spent the entire week on Dr. Seuss stripes alone but of course, we wanted to enjoy many of the books and experiences of Dr. Seuss books so we only used them for a day…

Once the children completed their Dr. Seuss stripes, we took a photo of each child with the hat being held on top of their head. Our hats didn’t really work like real hats!

The children did a great job using the rulers and spacing their lines and they were quite proud of their hats!

Below are Dr. Seuss Books that I enjoy reading with young children. You can purchase them from Amazon by clicking the links below…


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1 lisa braden March 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I did something like that…taped hat to sentence strip….fit there head…used pipecleaner taper up the back tall patt

2 Creative and Curious Kids! March 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Those are some fine looking Hats! Great pattern activity.


3 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Thank you Jen:)

4 Elisabeth March 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

I really like when you can center activities around a book. This is a cute idea.

Have you ever heard of Five in a Row? It’s a homeschooling curriculum for the early years of schooling and they use children’s books and mix them with activities. I remember doing the book Madeline with my boys.

5 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I am not familiar with Five in a Row! But it sounds like a wonderful approach! I love using books too to kick off learning in our classroom!

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