I must admit that I adore Dr. Seuss books, so this weekend has been an absolute blast for me. While I do not like that Read Across America is so focused only on Dr. Seuss, I do love celebrating his birthday with the kids! When we got home from checking out some of the Seussical Celebrations happening around Austin this weekend we dove right into our books…it is impossible for us to walk into a book store without leaving with a couple new books…
Out of all the books that made it home with us, Livia had only picked out one Seuss book, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. Livia has always been a nonsense word user making this the perfect choice! As we sat down to read the book we talked about which words were real, which words were nonsense, and we also discussed which words she likes to use that are nonsense. It is a bit funny since one of her favorite nonsense words is actually a word that I also used as a child – becept (besides and except). I haven’t used that word since childhood so to hear my daughter use it amazes me.
To Do There’s a Wocket in My Pocket Lacing Activity You Will Need:
- Foam Sheets
- Punch Hole
- Tacky Glue
- Googly Eyes
- Clothes Pin or Popsicle Stick
- Odds-n-Ends for Decorations
Have your child pick out two colors from the foam sheets, one for the back of the pocket and one for the pocket itself. On whichever color foam sheet your child chooses for their pocket draw out an outline of the pocket and let them cut it out. I just used the scissor themselves to draw an etched guideline into the foam.
Once the pocket is cut out, align the two foam sheets and use the hole punch to punch out the lacing holes. Letting your child punch their own holes into the foam is a great way to strengthen some of their fine motor skills. If you are worried about them punching holes too close to the edge of the pocket you an line the edges with tape so your child has a visual of how far in to put their punches. You want to do both sheets at the same time so the holes line up. Do not punch holes across the top part of the pocket.
Once all the holes are punched let your child lace the two cards together. When tying the back together I tied the first knot into a slip knot and then slid the last lace through that loop and tied them together so that our Wocket’s could be hung on the wall.
Then on to the fun part, designing your Wocket! To do this take the clothespin and cover one side with Tacky Glue. Cut a rectangle out of another foam sheet and attach it to the clothes pin.
Then sit back and let your child create! Livia had so much fun with the hole punch that she even decided to put holes across the top of her Wocket to lace hair in with pipe cleaners! I added the first punch for her so that she knew how far in to go with them.
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