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The Lorax Truffula Trees Cutting Practice

The Lorax is our favorite Dr. Seuss book! We created a forest of Truffula trees as a craft using recycled materials then used them for fine motor scissor cutting practice!

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Inspired by The Lorax, we crafted our Truffula trees by using a black Sharpie marker to draw stripes on yellow drinking straws. Next we used a chopstick to stuff a bit of colored wool roving in one end to create the Seussical forest. Finally we stuck the trunks in green play dough and our trees were ready for their devastating deforestation!

Our preschooler E played the role of the Once-ler as she used her scissors to cut down the Truffula trees. Sometimes the trees would bend and I could get enough leverage with the kid scissors to cut them but I ended up allowing her to use my adult scissors for quick snipping. As always, she was closely supervised during this activity.

You could invite children who are more accurate with scissor skills to cut straight on a particular black line on the Truffula tree trunks for a challenge! 

Once all of our trees were cut down E used a counting bear as the Lorax! Her imagination was fueled as she recruited her brother's train track to haul the Truffula tree material off to the Once-ler's Thneed factory.

The great part about this activity is it can be revisited again and again. Even a whole classroom of children could take turns cutting and replanting the trees at a center. We loved creating our own happy ending where the boy in the story does indeed plant the last Truffula seed to grow a new forest of the beautiful, colorful trees.

This post is part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids series. The author for March is Dr. Seuss so we are bringing you fabulous ideas for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, The Lorax, and The Cat in the Hat

Number Pocket Game by Toddler Approved
Red Fish Blue Fish ABC Match by Growing Book by Book

The Lorax Number Match Up by Playdough to Plato
Lorax Sensory Bottle by The Pleasantest Thing
Make Your Own Whisper-Ma-Phone by Science Sparks

Kite Rhyming with the Cat in the Hat by Inspiration Laboratories
Letter Fun with the Cat in the Hat by The Educators' Spin On It

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1 comment :

  1. I cannot get over how awesome this is! Love your Truffula trees and that she shipped them off to the factory!