Make a Seuss Sleep Book with Nonsense Creatures!
It's time for some nonsense! In this activity your child will learn how different animals sleep and she'll use her budding creativity to invent nonsense creatures like those found in Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book. Using what she knows about real animals (and what you look up in books or online) you'll help build her knowledge of the animal kingdom and embrace her silly side with this educational and nonsensical activity.
What You Need:
- Markers or crayons
- Cereal box
- Hole punch
Before You Start: For this activity, you and your child will create at least 10 nonsense creatures. Each nonsense creature you come up with should have characteristics of two other real-life animals. For example, let’s say your first nonsense creature is part bat and part sea otter. Sea otters sleep floating on the water, often holding paws so they don’t float away from each other, while bats sleep upside-down during the day while grasping something with their feet. What do you think a creature that’s part bat and part otter would do to sleep? What would it look like?
Suggested animal combinations to use for nonsense creatures: bat/sea otter, wild turkey/black bear, horse/rabbit, mouse/elephant, walrus/duck, hippopotamus/domestic cat, penguin/orangutan, tree frogs/kangaroo, red fox/deer, and rhinoceros/chimpanzee. You can do some research with your child in books and online to find out how different animals sleep. Don't forget to come up with silly names for each of your nonsense creatures!