Who doesn’t love Horton Hears a Who?! …or any Dr. Seuss book for that matter! He provided us with some great rhyming books that can be enjoyed throughout the years to come.
Did you know Dr. Seuss use to write racist anti-Japanese cartoons for the newspaper during World War II? As a result, Horton Hears a Who was created based off of his change of heart about the Japanese people. You can read more about it here.
Therefore, Horton Hears a Who, provides several valuable lessons our children can learn from. The history of the book started from negativity and grew into a positive out look. It is a book based off of respect, responsibility, self-worth, and open mindedness.
We can all be harsh on one another and it’s a great reminder to treat each other with kindness because no matter what a persons a person no matter how small.
2. Open Minded
Now, there comes a time in everyone’s life when they choose to stick to their own beliefs. There is nothing necessarily wrong with that but it’s important to consider other possibilities.
Horton teaches children the importance of responsibility. No one cared about the speck on the flower. No one wanted to consider the possibility of any form of life living on it. Horton took it upon himself to care for the tiny persons. He was so determined, he went through millions of flowers to ensure their safety.
4. Believe in Yourself!
Lastly, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, also shows children how to believe in themselves. No matter how many times the kangaroo, vulture, monkeys, or any other animal tried to convince him other wise about the speck, he held true to himself. He knew their was life that was worth protecting.
These are all wonderful lessons for our children to learn. Thanks to Dr. Seuss and his great stories we have plenty of material to learn from.
We spent a day focusing on Horton Hears a Who. Dr. Seuss books are known to be long so, I suggest doing this project with preschoolers only if they are very interested in reading. However, this would be great for older children as well.
We started by reading Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who. After reading the book we created our very own flower with a speck to protect. Afterwards, the kids were able to enjoy Horton Hears a Who movie.
- Glue Gun
- Popsicle Sticks
- Pipe Cleaners
- Large Pompom Balls
- Small Pom Pom Balls
- Heat up the hot glue gun until glue starts to melt. Be sure to tell the kids to not touch it as it heats up!
- Glue the small pom pom ball to the larger ball.
- Place some glue on or inside of the larger pom pom ball. Mine had a small cut into them. You could do this yourself as well. Take a popsicle stick and press it into the area with the glue. Hold for a few seconds until the glue starts to cool.
- Lastly, wrap the popsicle stick with the pipe cleaner!
In addition to creating your flower, try adding a fun twist to teach your kids about the valuable topics we previously talked about. You can get my personal Horton Hears a Who games below!
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