Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the crafts and put together some fun, interactive activities for the kids. The Lorax is a great opportunity to have open conversations with our children about the environment, and how each of our decisions impacts the Earth.
I have put together 5 activities inspired by The Lorax that you can do with your kids to help improve their awareness of their environment.
Speak for the Trees
If your child is old enough, provide them with the writing prompt, “I speak for the trees and the trees say…” If they are unable to write yet, let them dictate to you what they think the trees would have to say and write it down for them. A great pre-writing exercise is letting them see their words put to paper.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Sit down together and brainstorm ways you can reduce, reuse, recycle or otherwise make beneficial choices for the planet. Things like recycling, picking up litter at local parks, composting, walking instead of driving or buying used at thrift stores instead of purchasing new. Come up with a plan of action for how you can incorporate a few of these ideas into your daily life.
Truffula Tree Hop
Cut circles out from colored construction paper. Then secure the circles to the floor with a piece of painters tape. For littler ones, just call out colors and have them hop from color to color to reinforce color recognition. For older children, play it like a game of Simon (or The Lorax) Says. The Lorax says, “Hop to the yellow tree,” or The Lorax says, “Spin to the purple tree,” etc.
Hide the Lorax
Use your Lorax puppet as the object you hide. Agree on rules beforehand like only hiding in the living room to keep it simple. Take turns hiding and finding your Lorax, using hints such as warmer/colder.
Spring is approaching and now its a perfect time to start seeds indoors. Pick up a seed packet or two and plant seeds in egg cartons, cardboard juice boxes with the bottom cut out or in toilet paper rolls cut in half. Plant flowers, herbs or even a fruit or vegetable that you and your child can grow, tend to and eat together. Some things that are easy to grow, don’t require pesticides and can thrive in containers are carrots, potatoes, lettuce, sugar snap peas, radishes, pumpkins, sunflowers and broccoli.