Oh! The places you’ll go!

“Oh! The places you’ll go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” – Dr. Seuss

Today marks the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a Dr. Seuss. He would have been 113.  While the great writer and illustrator never had children of his own, he sure knew how to make a kid laugh! He was the master of so many things – rhythmic rhyming, exuberant and imaginative storytelling, quirky cartoon-style illustrations, and the creation of silly but charming characters that you simply never forget. 

There are so many quotes from Dr. Seuss’ books that I love but, for me, the book which has the most memorable and inspiring words to live by is Oh, the Places You’ll Go

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

 

The positive messages in this book must resonate with so many people, young or old, but I found them particularly relevant once I became a mum. I just love the idea of my girls growing up believing in themselves; believing that they can “move mountains”. I also love how Seuss tells of the problems and downfalls everyone will face and that, while “un-slumping yourself is not easily done”, you just need to “face up to your problems whatever they are”.

The very first piece of artwork that hung on my daughter’s bedroom wall was a Hunting for George print with the words “Oh, the places you’ll go” in a bold black painterly font.

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Almost two and a half years later, she finally appreciates the book. This morning, it only seemed fitting that we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making something fun. We didn’t have a lot of time on our hands though, so ended up grabbing a few leftover party supplies and putting them together over breakfast to create a hot air balloon – see below.

Later, we continued the Seuss theme and made the fish from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Again, it was a simple craft that didn’t take long but i’m finding these are the best sort, as toddlers with limited attention spans tend to be here for a good time, not a long time!

All we did was trace my daughter’s hand, then used it as a template to cut out five different coloured fish. We then added eyes, smiles and fins and stuck them to some blue card.

These hand fish are super easy and look so cute… to quote Dr. Seuss himself,

If you never did, you should. These things are fun. And fun is good.” – Dr. Seuss,

One Fish Two Fish Red Rish Blue Fish

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