# 12 Simple and Engaging Dr. Seuss Math Activities for Pre-K–2

Dr. Seuss characters bring fun to foundational math skills!

Learning math skills can be intimidating for young learners. Having friends from Dr. Seuss favorites can help make building a solid mathematical foundation more fun and inviting. Take a scroll through some of our favorite Dr. Seuss math activities from teachers, bloggers, and our friends at Seussville. From counting and adding to making patterns and measuring, these activities will help your young mathematicians build the skills they need in an engaging way.

And be sure to head over to the Dr. Seuss learning hub for even more math worksheets and ideas!

# Pre-K–K Activities

## 1. Count with dot markers

After reading the ever-popular Ten Apples Up On Top!, students will use a dot marker to match corresponding numbers. Create your own template using boxes, illustrations, or images. Or students can draw apple shapes and write below them the number of seeds each apple should have.

Skills practiced: Number recognition, one-to-one correspondence

## 2. Measure with Cat in the Hat’s hat

You know how we say a person has big shoes to fill? Well, the Cat in the Hat certainly has a big hat to fill! See how your students measure up next to a stack of hats taped to the wall. Once they step away, count how many hats (or how many stripes) they reach.

Skills practiced: Measurement, counting skills

## 3. Pattern with craft sticks

Understanding and being able to recognize patterns is an important early math skill. Using red and white craft sticks, have your students create a model of the Cat in the Hat’s hat. Change up the pattern using one stick of each color, two sticks of each color, or one-two combinations, etc.

Skills practiced: Pattern recognition

## 4. Use Truffula Trees to learn

Roll out some green play dough. Choose a number from the pile. Plant that number of Truffula Trees in the green play dough, counting aloud as you plant. Chop down your Truffula Trees, counting as you take them away. Choose another number and plant again.

Skills practiced: Number recognition, counting skills

## 5. Roll a die to create the Lorax

This fun activity is kind of like a felt-board version of Mr. Potato Head, only students will build the Lorax. Students will take turns rolling a die, counting out that number, and matching it with the body part from the game sheet. Then, they will place that specific part body on the Lorax’s body. Play goes back and forth until the first student completes their Lorax.

Skills practiced: Number recognition, counting skills

## 6. Try these fun counting activities from Seussville

It’s always fun to practice counting with familiar friends. Seussville has a whole collection of counting activities featuring the Cat in the Hat, the creatures from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, terrific tigers, and more.

Skills practiced: Counting skills

# 1st and 2nd Grade Activities

## 7. Learn addition combinations with goldfish

Almost every number can be broken down in a number of ways. This engaging addition activity helps students explore the various combinations that make up numbers using Goldfish crackers. The best part is, when they finish their math, it’s snack time!

## 8. Play a mixed-up hundreds chart game

After reading Dr. Seuss’ Wacky Wednesday, have your students test their math skills with a wacky mixed-up hundreds chart puzzle. To create the puzzle, cut multiple hundreds charts into 4×4 squares and place them in a plastic zipper bag. For a challenge, cut out each number individually.

Skills practiced: Number recognition, counting

Grab this worksheet freebie to start adding with Cat! It’s a great way to reinforce addition skills after a math lesson with a friendly character.

## 10. Do some pom-pom math

Pom-poms are such a versatile resource to use in the classroom. These math activities get their inspiration from Horton Hears a Who! and the fields of clover where he discovers his small friends. Use the pom-poms for counting, sorting, making patterns, addition, subtraction, and even making bar graphs.

Skills practiced: Foundational math skills

## 11. Contemplate the size of cetaceans

After reading the story A Whale of a Tale! All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales from Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, your students will create a bar graph comparing their height to different cetaceans. Then, head outside with your students and use string and a tape measure to measure out the length of each cetacean. Ask for student volunteers to lay down on the ground end-to-end to see how many students it takes to fill the space.

Skills practiced: Measurement, graphing

## 12. Play a math spinner game

After reading Ten Apples Up On Top!, introduce this fun math game to your students. Using the spinner on the free printable board game, students will race to stack 10 apples on their character’s head.

Skills practiced: Counting skills, addition, subtraction