March 2-6 was Read Across America Week at COL Johnston Elementary School. Elaina was pretty pumped for it, with every day having a special theme. And of course, Gabriella, always wanting to be like her big sister, got in on the fun too. Dr. Seuss’ birthday was that Monday and the school celebrated by having a Dr. Seuss Character Day. While we are certainly not the greatest at arts & crafts or DIY, events like these keep us smiling while improving on our skills.
As you have probably noticed by now, the girls never waste an opportunity to dress up. Too bad there is never a princess day…
There was no way that they were going to skip dressing up as a Dr. Seuss character. Cat in the Hat? Too boring. Thing 1 and Thing 2? Too predictable. Go Dog Go? Not a Dr. Seuss book.
So they went with the characters from our favorite Dr. Seuss book, The Sneetches. If you have never read this book, I would highly recommend it. It is an excellent story about how to not judge others simply by how they look, which is pretty much an easily understood story for children (and adults) on why racism is dumb.
After choosing their characters, of course the next stop was going to be to pick up arts & crafts supplies at Hobby Lobby (I am never going to get tired of that place). We purchased yellow shirts, green felt, yellow bows, black pipe cleaners, and craft glue.
Unlike our previous DIY projects, this is the point where the girls ended their participation, so it was just me and the supplies from here on out. Using the bows and the pipe cleaners, I tied them together to make the Sneetches hair. It ended up working better than expected, which I can only assume means that I am getting better at these projects.
After printing out stars on some cardstock, the stars for the yellow shirts were ready to be cut out of the green felt paper (it made sense for them to both be Star-Bellied Sneetches, otherwise everyone would assume that their Dad was lazy and just bought them a yellow shirt).
After I carefully cut out the stars, I glued them to the yellow shirts where their belly buttons should be.
And just add matching jeans and pink princess shoes to make a Star-Bellied Sneetch!
Also a little attitude…
While Elaina’s school was full of Things 1 and 2, Cats in the Hat, and Sam I ams, Gabriella was the only one who dressed up at her school. She was certainly a proud Sneetch, even getting her teacher to read the book to the class before breakfast.
Elaina was the only Sneetch in her class, even though there was at least one other in the school. Just like all our activities, this was another fun one, even though this was more of a solo effort. The girls still picked their characters and helped me gather all the supplies, which still made it feel like a family effort. Month of the Military Child is coming up soon and gives them another chance to dress up every day. Given how much fun we had last year, I absolutely cannot wait.
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