After reading the title story of the book, my kids wanted to act out the tale of the Sneetches and build their own "star on/star off" machine. So, we took a plain cardboard box, a blanket, and construction paper and created our machine. We also cut out green construction paper stars and applied loops of tape to the back of them and used scrap green construction paper for play money in our game. It was a fun way to bring the story to life! And my kids put almost all of it together completely by themselves (I only had to help a bit with stars).
In addition to "The Sneetches" there are also a few other stories in the book, including a strange one about a character who meets a pair of green pants. After reading this, we played our own game with green pants. We took a pair of green pants and took turns hiding them around the house and playing a classic "hot and cold" game to try to find them. (To play "hot and cold" you can sing a song or clap your hands, getting louder or faster as the searcher gets closer to the hidden object, or simple say the words "hot" and "cold" to give clues--hot meaning the person is close, cold indicating the guesser is far away from the hidden object).
These were simple, but perfect activities for my three preschool-aged children. If you are interested in more fun ideas to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday and Read Across America Day, check out all of our Dr. Seuss posts here and our Reading Ideas here.