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February 6, 2017

3 Dr. Seuss Costume Ideas for Teachers

Written By: Brandi Jordan
Originally Published On: February 18, 2012
Dr. Seuss Costume Ideas for Teachers for Read Across America Day -

Dr. Seuss Costume Ideas for Teachers -

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

Whoville Clover

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?

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  • Katy
    February 27, 2013

    We have been celebrating Seuss Week all week long, and today was dress like your favorite character day. I had my kinders wear a red shirt, and we made little “signs” of Thing (3 through 19) to double-side tape on the shirts. I was Thing 1 and the TA was Thing 2. We had paper hats for the blue hair. They were so cute!

  • Genice
    February 24, 2012

    Last year I made a construction paper white oval with a big red bow. I wore all black and topped it off with by red and white stovepipe hat. Super easy.

  • Samantha Spagnola
    February 19, 2012

    I like Brandi’s idea!! That would be cute! We have four on our team. I’m thinking two pairs of thing one and two. I have a little girl who good me she is going to be Cindy Lou who with pig tales and all. I can’t wait.

  • Brandi Jordan
    February 19, 2012

    Hi Tammy! That’s so cute! Why not have one of you be The Cat in the Hat and the other two be Thing 1 and Thing 2? Be sure to take pictures! We’d love to see them!

  • Tammy Grassmid
    February 18, 2012

    My co-workers and I are going to dress as Tacky and 2 of his penguin friends. There are 3 of us so we have been trying to find 3 book characters that go together. We thought of Thing 1 and 2 and adding a Thing 3. Any ideas for us??

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