Last week we celebrated the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, our nation’s largest reading event, occurring each year on or near Dr. Seuss’s March 2 birthday. Dr. Seuss’s wonderful books have contributed to generations of children’s early love of books, and their appreciation for rhyme, nonsense, and wonder. The following craft project can be enjoyed any day of the year and was inspired by the Dr. Seuss book,” Oh the Places You’ll Go!:
I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
The more that you read the more things you will know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.
- “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” to read
- Paper Cutter
- Good quality construction paper cut into 3/4-inch strips
- Glue stick
- Card stock for base
- Cut out of “You” character (see PDF below)
- Start by selecting one strip of paper. Fold over the paper strip about ½” on both ends creating tabs, apply glue to the tabs and secure onto card stock base paper, creating an arch.
- Repeat process, of making paper strips with tabs using different colors and arranging them creatively.
Try attaching one strip to another and building up.
Try accordion folding a paper strip to create stairs, or zigzag arches.
Try folding the middle section of the paper strip into a 3-sided door/window frame.
Try gluing a paper strip into a circle and glue onto base.
Try spiraling a paper strip to create tunnels.
Cut strips as needed to fit design.
Trim strips as needed to fit design.
Try bending the middle section of the paper strip into a rectangle door/window shape.