One of the most beloved books from the Dr. Seuss collection (Written by P.D.Eastman), Are You My Mother? is a simple sweet story about a little bird who has been separated from his mom and goes on an adventure to find her. To go along with the book I have put together some fun activities, snacks, and art projects to make it a really fun learning experience to share with your child. I am breaking this down into THREE posts as it is quite long and Part 1 is SNACKS!
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Dr. Seuss, Are you my Mother? Snacks
Use an oval or egg shaped cookie cutter to cut out a fun peanut butter and jelly, marshmallow, or Nutella sandwich (or ham, turkey, cheese, tuna, chicken salad-whatever you prefer!) Put in a cupcake wrapper filled with cereal, pretzels or chow mein noodles to create a fun little nest. The kids loved this special lunch.
Another fun lunch that the kids will enjoy, take leftover or a fresh batch spaghetti and meatballs and create an adorable baby bird (or birds) in a nest. Create a round nest from spaghetti place meatball(s) in the center, create a beak from a snip of carrot, use sour cream, a tiny piece of boiled egg, or any other tiny pieces of food to create an eye.
Use vanilla wafers or any other cookies you have on hand as a base to create these little chirpers. Dried fruit, gummies, or fruit leather make a perfect beak. I made the eyes with a drop of vanilla yogurt, and the feet with chocolate chips. Create a nest by spreading cereal, pretzels, or something similar. You could also set them on “limb” by placing a large pretzel rod under them.
Fill celery stalks with peanut butter, top with animal crackers to represent all the animals the little bird talked to. Sometimes it’s alright to play with your food, and this little snack is healthy to boot.
After discussing the various things that birds eat- seeds, nuts, berries, etc. We constructed a trail mix of sorts from dried Cranberries, dried Cantaloupe, Walnuts, and Sunflower seeds. I served ours in a little dish with a side of fresh berries. You could include gummy worms if you like to really create the bird experience.
Keep an eye out for Part 2, Dr Seuss Are You My Mother? Activities!