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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday STEAMSDAY Style

Curriculum Education Homeschooling STEAMSDAY

It’s almost time to celebrate one of America’s most celebrated children’s authors. I think Dr. Seuss would have liked STEAMSDAY, which is a day per week dedicated to exploring hands-on, real-life learning.

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If you’re interested in learning how to plan a STEAMSDAY in your homeschool, I highly recommend you check out the Online Homeschool STEM Conference coming up on March 7-9. I’m a speaker and it’s going to be so fun! You can get more details about the conference at this link. If you register through my affiliate link, you’ll receive a free STEAMSDAY Planning Worksheet as a thank you for supporting this site.

Here’s our overview plan for Dr. Seuss STEAMSDAY in March.

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SEUSS STEAMSDAY Resources

The following list is where I gather most of my material for STEAMSDAY. These are the resources I have used and recommend. Some of the links are affiliate links and this just means that I earn a small commission off your purchase. It costs you nothing extra and it helps me keep the site up and running. 

  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go
  • Oh Say Can You Seed? (not written by Dr. Seuss, but still a great book!)
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck
  • Green Eggs and Ham

Science Spines

These are my main resources for our science exploration. We have some other resources, but these are covering this month’s activities. I’ll post page numbers and experiment titles under each experiment.

Seuss Science Projects

Hot Air Balloons

  • 365 More Simple Experiments: Hot Air Balloon Science (365 Days reading & experiments p. 272-275)

Bouncy Green Egg

Color Changing Oobleck

  • My kids are SUPER into color-changing toys right now, so I stumbled upon this on Pinterest. We’re going to try it because I can’t find one of my books with the recipe. I’m also excited about this blog – STEAMPoweredFamily.com.

Dissecting Seeds (And Worms)

  • I’m going to surprise my kids with a worm dissection kit (super reasonable from HomeScienceTools.com) and we’ll use the lima bean dissection experiment and the radish seed experiment (experimenting with growth in different environments) from 365 More Simple Experiments (p. 203-204). 

Build a Barometer

  • This experiment is from The Eyewitness Guide p. 123. If you can’t find this book, there’s a similar experiment in 365 More Simple Experiments on p. 262.

Technology/Engineering Seuss Style

  • Seed Timelapse: Neil Bromthall’s YouTube Channel (His videos are AMAZING! They are set to beautiful scores, so it’s kind of like watching a movie!)
  • Dye Eggs Green with Purple Cabbage – Teach Beside Me (Karyn is also a Homeschool STEM Conference Speaker)
  • TedED: The History of the Barometer and How It Works – Asaf Bar-Yosef does a great job with this video explaining how scientists (like Aristotle) can be wrong and how challenging a heavily-believed theory can lead to innovations.
  • Build a Marble Run with Straws – Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls is an excellent resource for DIY STEAM activities. I’ve tested lots of her activities and I love that she gives tips (like using a low temp hot glue gun) so that kids can do most of the work!

Seuss-Worthy Art

I’m pretty good at coming up with art projects myself. I do scour Pinterest for ideas from time to time, but we have a lot more fun gathering our own materials. I think the projects are a lot more original when you start with an idea. I also think this helps develop critical thinking skills like visualizing an object, planning, and improvising. Here’s a basic plan for our projects and supply list:

Mixed Media Hot Air Balloons

  • We’ll use a mixed media approach for this project. We’ll use burlap ribbon scraps for the basket, twine for the strings and construction paper for the balloon.
  • Materials: burlap ribbon scraps (basket), twine (strings), construction paper strips (balloon), mixed media paper (background), watercolors (sky scene) and Elmer’s Glue-All for securing everything.
  • Plan: Paint a sky scene. Cut and glue materials to dried (blowdried) watercolor scene (created on mixed media paper) to form the balloon, strings, and basket.

Green Eggs “Finding Rocks”

  • We’ll go on a nature walk to find large, flattish rocks.
  • Materials: rocks, acrylic paints (so they don’t wash away), paint pen or sharpie for the message)
  • Plan: Paint “green eggs” to hide around town for “Finding Rocks.” If you’ve never done this, Google it for your area. It’s really fun when you find one and leave one. Just don’t leave them in National Parks or Monuments. They’ll get thrown away.

Straw Painting: Rainy & Sunny Day

  • We’ll use a folded piece of mixed media paper and watered-down washable paints to create an abstract rainy/sunny day painting.
  • Materials: Mixed Media Paper (or watercolor or something thick), washable paints, containers for paint mixing, drinking straws, table cover, and smocks.
  • Method: Let your kids have a lot of fun with this one. They’ll blow the paint onto their paper with the straws in order to create a rainy/sunny scene. I can’t wait to see these!

Draw/Watercolor a Flower Outside

  • We’ll take our nature notebooks outside for this one and draw/paint a flower in our yard.
  • Materials: Nature journal (I use a small 5×8 version from Walmart), watercolors (or watercolor pencils from Alex), brushes, and pencils
  • Method: Our yard is full of beautiful flowers – daffodils, daylilies, azaleas, vinca, forsythia, and others. Don’t have flowers? Just go to a park or trail and look around!

Meaningful Math Adventures

I’ve given simple instructions for each math activity. You may need to adjust these to your children’s ages. My kids are early elementary and later elementary, so I try to do something for the littles and a challenge for the oldest. Here are the concepts we’re learning this month with Seuss STEAMSDAY.

How Things Go

  • How far do we travel on our street? How long does it take us? What if we run? What if we walk? What if we drive? What if we skip? What if we hop? We might chart our times to practice using graphs!

Green Eggs & Ham

  • We’re going to make some green egg yolks and whites and match our addition and multiplication facts because this is a needed drill.

Bartholomew

  • This is a great opportunity to discuss the different “points” of temperature and how it’s measured. We’ll also design a weather tracking sheet as a family and assign a meteorologist each day.

Seeds

  • We’ll spend some more time on measurement by working on our little garden in the yard. We’ll read seed packages for depth and sun needs and track how sunny the yard is with our weather chart in order to pick the best plants.

That’s about the sum of Seuss STEAMSDAY. I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions. Please be sure to leave a comment below. Have fun exploring and learning with your kiddos!

 

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