The Lorax is one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve read it to my son and my classroom so many times that I can recite the whole thing from memory. Here are a few games and activities to celebrate this amazing book. I would recommend reading the book first and then completing these activities.
I speak for the trees:
This book gives us an opportunity to talk to our kids about what they can do to help the environment.
- First teach them a vocabulary word: deforestation, which is the cutting, clearing, and removal of rainforest or related ecosystems into less bio-diverse ecosystems such as pasture, cropland, or plantations.
- Do some research. Here are two great websites with a lot of information about deforestation: Children of the Earth and Kids.Mongabay
- Next discuss how much of a difference kids can make by using this tree counting campaign printable.
- Now plant a sapling with your child. You could even make it a big event and invite some of your child’s friends.
- Next you can play the Stoneyfield Farms’ online matching game. At the end make sure you read with your child the things families can do to protect the environment.
- Make a family pledge. Since you and your child got some ideas from the matching game you played just now, you can brainstorm the things your family can do to help the environment. I used a big piece of oak tag to make a big list. I wrote big because I only want to make a few important changes so it would be easy to stick with our pledge. The we all decorated it and signed it.
- Finally, write a letter to Mother Earth telling her everything you have done and will continue to do for her by using the Dear Mother Earth printable.
“Can You Spot the Difference” online game