Read Across America Day (March 2) is also Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the perfect time to have a little bit of fun by dressing up in costume. Not only will your students be delighted, but you may find that your day is filled with more joy and fun than usual. The three costumes below are easy and inexpensive to put together.
Dr. Seuss Costume Ideas for Teachers
Horton Hears a Who is one of the poignant of all Dr. Seuss books. Compassion, caring, and commitment are all part of what the book teaches. This year, dress up as the clover where Whoville is located. Start by dressing in matching green pants and a green shirt to create the stem. On your head, wear a fuzzy pink or purple wig from the costume store to represent the flower. Hot glue a small white cotton ball to the top of the wig for Whoville.
The Cat in the Hat
What better costume for Dr. Seuss’ birthday than to be dressed as The Cat in the Hat. Black pants, a black long sleeve shirt with a rounded, white piece of construction paper taped to the front for the cat’s belly, and a tall, red and white striped hat are a great foundation for a Cat in the Hat costume. Add a black tail and white gloves to the outfit to complete the look.
Teacher 1 and Teacher 2
Instead of Thing 1 and Thing 2, co-teachers can dress as “Teacher 1” and “Teacher 2”! Matching outfits, bright fuzzy wigs, and the numbers one and two on the front of plain t-shirts can make for a fun and easy costume. If you do not have a co-teacher, coordinate with another teacher in your grade level.
Do you dress up for Read Across America Day? What is your favorite costume?