Val’s Crafty Corner — Dr. Seuss “Speck” Discovery Lab

March 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm 19 comments

Valerie is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador
This fun and educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen. Enjoy Read Across America Day with this fun tribute to Dr. Seuss!

Inspired by the book Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss, I set up a fun “Speck” Discovery Lab for my 3-year-old to explore! She had so much fun with this, and it kept her happily occupied for a long time. Added bonus — very little set up or clean up is involved!!

Want to make one of your own? ((Yes, yes, do it!!))

You will need:
craft pom-poms – “clover flowers”
glitter glue – “speck”
colored paper or dishes for sorting
magnifying glass

Before you begin: Add a drop of glitter glue to a few of the pom-poms, and allow to dry.

Place all of the pom-poms into a large plastic bowl, set out the colored paper or dishes for sorting and invite your child over to sort through the clover flowers and find any “specks”!

Using tweezers to sort through the “clover flowers” is a great way sneak in some fine-motor practice.

Be sure to take a close look at each “clover flower”, so you don’t miss any potential “specks”!

Found one!!!!

Have fun!!

Have you made any fun Dr. Seuss crafts lately?? We would LOVE to hear about it! Leave a comment and share your ideas with us!

Valerie Deneen is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador and the author of Inner Child Fun where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages — with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects that are sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! You can follow Valerie on Twitter, or say “Hi” to her on Facebook!

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Horton Hears a Who | Kindergarten Lesson Plans  |  February 22, 2013 at 4:03 am

    […] must take their time and examine every clover flower carefully! Super cute, right?! Valerie over at Val’s Crafty Corner has some great pictures of/ideas for this […]

  • 2. Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It  |  February 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This is such a fun science activity for all ages! Anna are you pinning this onto our After School Science Board? We’re so excited that Melissa and Doug has joined us! Here’s the link! we hope you share in on our After School LInky this week too, we’re spending a week with Dr. Seuss next week and would love to include it!

  • 3. melissaanddoug  |  March 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

    We love this post and your photos are beautiful!

    • 4. valeriedeneen  |  March 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

      I’m SO happy to hear that — thanks so much for hosting me over here!

  • 5. diaryofanewbiemom  |  March 5, 2012 at 12:46 am

    my son is 2.5 years and loves Dr. Seuss books. We made our own version of Cat in the Hat using old cd..and he likes it so much

    • 6. valeriedeneen  |  March 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

      That sounds like so much fun! The Cat in the Hat is my 7 yr old’s favorite Dr. Seuss book. 🙂

  • 7. Tera  |  March 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Love it, Valerie!

  • 9. Daphne Myers  |  March 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to do it this year, but in the past we’ve made silly hats and also for dinner we’ve had green eggs and ham. Just make some scrambled eggs and add just a little bit of green food coloring and a splash of milk to the eggs, stir and cook.

    • 10. valeriedeneen  |  March 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Fantastic!! My kiddos enjoy green eggs & ham too. 🙂

  • 11. Jen@Creative and Curious Kids!  |  March 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Oh how fun! We had fun today reading lots of Dr. Suess Books with activities and snacks. We sorted and graphed colored fish, measured our feet with things we found around the house, and ate green eggs, of course!

    • 12. valeriedeneen  |  March 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

      All great ideas, Jen! I especially love measuring your feet with things from around the house — so clever!

  • 13. Amanda  |  March 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    What bright – fun colored activitiy that allows kids to practice their fine motor skills. LOVE the tweezers – are they Melissa and Doug???

    • 14. valeriedeneen  |  March 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I’m not sure where the tweezers came from – a birthday gift, I think? Melissa and Doug do make some really fun magnifying glasses, though!!

  • […] Are you doing anything special to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day?? I’m guest posting over at Melissa & Doug’s Blog today to show how we created a “Speck” Discovery Lab inspired by the book Horton Hears a […]

  • 16. Laura  |  March 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    What a cute, cute idea! I know even my “big kids” would get a kick out of using a magnifying glass to find hidden specks.

    I “tried” to make a cute little Dr. Seuss inspired snack for my kids, but it didn’t turn out so well. I looked for the lesson in it and blogged about it anyway.

    • 17. valeriedeneen  |  March 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Laura, that is SO funny!!! LOL Thanks so much for sharing. Love the poem! 🙂

  • 18. Emily Jones  |  March 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I plant “Truffula Trees” with my students. We read The Lorax and then plant our very own “Truffulas” (actually Aster flowers. They look very much like Truffula!).

    • 19. valeriedeneen  |  March 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      What a great idea, Emily! Aster flowers are so beautiful, and you’re right — they look a lot like Truffula!!


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