Kelsey got a matching game for Christmas and has been playing with them regularly since. I was trying to think of a game to play for Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and decided to make a matching game.
- words printed on cardstock (2 copies)
- contact paper or laminating system
- optional – colored paper or construction paper to back words if you don’t have cardstock
Print the pdf file of words Mr. Brown says (there are only 8 here) and cut apart. Back them with colored paper or construction paper if you can see words through the paper. Waterproof (and preschooler proof them) by sealing them in contact paper or laminating them if you’d like.
We started by reading Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? before we played the game. We reviewed how to play matching cards (putting them upside down to start, flipping two over at a time to see if you have a match, etc.). Very simple but she immediately wanted to play several times in a row.
I chose to print the words since she knows that letters make up words and it gave us yet another chance to identify letters. I also helped her a little by making the words different colors but you could print these in black and white for older kids. You could also do this by matching the word to a picture of the item. She started memorizing the words after the second time we played.
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We are Dr. Seuss fans here and have been working on a collection of Dr. Seuss titles over the past few years. I love that my daughter enjoys them being read to her and seemed to enjoy looking at them from the beginning. Using color copies and spray painting some old frames I had taking up space I made a little inexpensive wall art for the girls bathroom. These are the first letters of their first names.
Read Across America Day is March 1st and we are planning to go to at least one Dr. Seuss event in our area. The girls will be sporting their pillow case dresses, of course. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2 so let the Seuss Mania begin!
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I have been reading to Kelsey regularly for quite a while now. Usually before bed but she also has a selection of books that she looks at throughout the day. I’m pretty sure she thinks the library is heaven because she gets to pull out book and after book and flip through them all. Some of her favorites are her Dr. Seuss books, some of which were my husbands when he was younger and some of which family has given to us. (Looking to take advantage of Target’s Dr. Seuss sales this month to pick up a few more if I can find the ones I’m looking for.)
My mother is the sewing genius in the family and came across Dr. Seuss fabric last year. She made Kelsey a quilt with it. Earlier this year, she had enough left over to make her pillowcase dress, too. There was just a strip left over of the trim so she gave me that to make a matching hair clip. Here’s what I came up with.
I started out by using this layered fabric flower by Nest Pretty Things as a starting point for the shape of the layers. With the strip of fabric I had, I ended up with two pieces about the same size and a third smaller one of squares. I cut them all according to the instructions.
Since all my layers were the same print I decided to add a layer of ribbon to add a little dimension and tie in some of the colors from the dress. I cut four pieces of ribbon the same length as the width if the larger layers and cut a V into the ends. I then laid the in a “star” shape.
I hot glued all the layers together and topped it off with a red button – side note: I need to learn how to make bottle tops because that might have been cuter for this one. A then glued it to a ribbon covered hair clip.
It has been a while since I could keep a headband on Kelsey’s head but she has been into putting hats on her head lately. My mother-in-law happened to make her a red knit hat (with super cute, matching mittens on a string) so I stuck the hair clip on that and she’ll wear it.
Kelsey was set to attend a couple Dr. Seuss events around town including running around Target!
The beauty of the pillowcase dress is that it will fit for a while so hopefully she’ll be able to wear it again next year. She’s not ready for any real activities like crafts but I have a whole Pinterest board of ideas of things to do with her next year!
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