Most Dr. Seuss books are long, there are board book versions of his most popular books but sometimes those versions just don’t seem as much fun to read, or they are hard to read to a group. What Pet Should I Get is a good length for a preschool read aloud and when you couple it with a fun movement activity after you are all set. This Dr.Seuss preschool lesson plan focuses on gross motor and pretend play and offers children a chance to move their bodies during group time. This is so important as children are learning to focus in group time. The activity is also short on purpose, setting your students up to succeed by being engaged the whole activity is important. If six animals are too much, keep it to two or three, you can always revisit the activity another day. The simple art activity that follows is perfect for preschool, there is novelty, a conection to the story and activity as well as a focus on the process not the product.
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Print out the animals cards ( print here or click on the image to print) . Cut and laminate. Pop into a basket, bag or bowl. You may also want a small bell to getthe children’s attention during the activity.
Read The Book
If you are not familiar with this Dr.Seuss book the story is about siblings that have a limited amount of time to get a pet at the pet store. The more time they spend in the pet store the more options they consider. Should they get the cat? The rabbit? A turtle? or something called a Yent? The text is typical Seuss with rhymes and absurdity, children love this book.
Circle Time Activity
After reading the book tell the children that you aren’t sure which pet you’d get but they could help. You are going to pull pictures of the pets out of your bag/basket/bowl and you want them to act like that animal. Before you start, choose a signal to stop. I like to use a little jingle bell.
Now it’s time to play.
Pull out a card and show it to the children.
Ring the bell and repeat.
After you have gone through all the animals sit back down and ask the children to share which animal they liked pretending to be the most and why.
Follow up this circle time activity with the art activity below.
Optional Art Activity
Gather your materials. You will need some plastic animals( preferably ones that match the animals in the activity but, paint, plates, and paper.Instead of brushes use the plastic animals, dipping them in the paint and making tracks.
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