In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday we have written several educational posts that centered around The Sneetches. The Sneetches is a fantastic book that is used to educate children on diversity and acceptance. As different as we are, we are all alike in many ways. I have included 3 additional crafts that anyone can utilize in their classroom, scout meetings or homeschool lesson. These lessons can be done over several days or scout meetings.
I hope we openly discuss how important Dr. Seuss is and how valuable The Sneetches has become for many generations. Enjoy!
we made a multi craft by using star cookie cutters as a stamp for paint, creating a star from colorful washi tape, drawing them with markers, and using star stickers. We talked about how all the stars were different sizes, shapes, colors but were still stars, just like people.
Lessons through playdough
Create a creature of diversity. Use a divided tray to set out playdough, googly eyes, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, beads, etc. Encourage your child to create a unique creature all their own. This is simply a fun activity but of course another great doorway to a discussion on diversity.
Self Portrait Art
Set out a piece of blank paper, and crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Ask your child to draw a self portrait, and then a picture of a friend next to them. Ask them questions like “ Do you look alike”, “Do you like all the same things?”, etc. What are some things you love about your friend? These things make him unique, and special- just like you have unique and wonderful traits. We did something like this for our Girl Scout Troop except we used a large roll of drawing paper. The girls would lie on a large sheet that was large enough for their entire body. With the help of another child, they drew an outline of each other. Then, each girl would fill in the large paper doll and color/draw their self portrait of how they perceived themselves. It sparked creativity and allowed each child to understand how similar and different they were to each other. No girl’s self portrait was alike, yet they were all so beautiful.