One fish… two fish…

“One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish,

Black fish, Blue fish, Old fish, New fish..”

Sounds familiar? Of course! This is the line from one of our daughter’s favorite books by Dr. SeussOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish“.

March 2nd happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss, otherwise known as Theodor Seuss Geisel, – an american writer, poet and cartoonist who won the hearts of hundreds of children around the world with his humorous rhymes and strange characters.

Today we made an activity “Under the Sea” dedicated to Dr. Seuss and his book “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”.

This activity came to me spontaneously. I originally planned on making just play dough fishes over the  construction paper. But it seems the shopkeeper sold me the wrong type of flour and when I made the play dough (which I’ve made a few times already!) it came out too sticky and too soft. I tried to fix it but it was a play dough failure! 

It suddenly struck me that I could use the play dough to make more than just fishes. And this sticky and gooey play dough was in fact a great way for the following activity. Otherwise, ANY type of play dough will do!

You will need:

A piece of construction paper (blue or green)



White paper

How to do it:

1. Cut out seaweed, rocks and other sea plants out of the white paper.

2. Glue them onto the construction paper.

3. Now, take small amounts of play dough and smudge them over the white paper, filling up the shapes!

4. Make fishes: take small balls of play dough, press them against the construction paper and then shape out the tales. Make eyes out of tiny pieces of play dough.

5. Read the book (or the part of it, depending on your child’s age) and have the children point at their fishes and the fishes of their friends!

It helps to wet the hands a bit with wet wipes for the play dough to spread out better!

Got any activities dedicated to Dr. Seuss’s birthday? Share them with me! I’d like to read about them!

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