Tip 150: March 2021 – Read Across America – Dr. Seuss
Website Educational Tip for Physical Development
Early childhood is the prime age for learning through movement, which
brings the potential for a sense of well-being into young children’s lives.
Our intellectual and sensory systems are geared for making sense of the
world through physical activity. It is through movement that children
experience the power of mind and body working together in an immediate
Dr. Seuss’s books are an excellent way to incorporate physical development
and actions to reading. Dr. Seuss was born in Massachusetts, and was the
author of many children’s rhyming books such as “The Cat in the Hat, Horton
Hears a Who, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish
Blue Fish, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
As children get older their use of language becomes much more important in
advancing their physical development. Stories, finger plays and songs build
vocabulary and help children develop memory skills. The goal is to make
movement activities safe and enjoyable for every child. Look for more
cooperative activities in my book “Teaching with Heart.” To contact Dr. Joyce
Gerber, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pretend play involves physical activities that are related to the
development of both gross and fine motor skills and body awareness. As
children use their bodies they refine and develop skills, which enable them
to feel physically confident, secure and self-assured.
The Cat in the Hat:
The Adult should make a hat with Red and white horizontal stripes. Hold the
infant in your arms and read the story expressively. Put the hat on the
infant to connect to story.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish:
Divide the group in two with one half holding red construction paper and
the second group holding blue construction paper. Both groups should swim
Tell the red fish to swim fast and the blue fish to swim slowly.
This time have the red fish swim forward and the blue fish swim
Now have the red fish swim happy and the blue fish swim sad.
Now have the fish change construction paper colors and start over
Green Eggs and Ham:
Using an electric frying pan make Green eggs and Ham for snack or lunch.
When whipping the eggs add one drop of green food coloring to the eggs. If
you don’t have ham use toast and pretend it is ham. If the children are
interested in cooking with food coloring make tuna fish salad for snack or
lunch and add a drop of red food coloring to half and a drop of blue to the
other half and serve on crackers.
Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.
(Fred Donaldson – American Martial Arts Master)