Monday, September 17, 2012

We take a break from our Wacky Wednesday updates to bring you...

Seussian decorations!

Our children's room is filled with some fairly large, terribly ugly columns. I'm sure they're an integral part of, you know, the library's structural support, but they also happen to be a huge pain to decorate. We try to change the columns with each new season, but it isn't always easy to come up with new ideas - especially ones that can be cylinder-ized.

Anyway, my coworker Miss Beth came up with the idea to Seussify the room, and the rest of us took that idea and ran with it. The room looks great (in my oh-so-humble opinion) - nice and colorful and bright and fun! So I wanted to snap some pictures to share with you guys!

 Credit to Miss Beth for this one! She kicked everything off with the Lorax. His mustache is made of felt, and the kids LOVE it.

I am the Lorax, and I speak for the trees. 
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not!

Miss Beth also did a Green Eggs and Ham pole.
"I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I Am!"

Miss Jan made a lovely Yertle the Turtle bulletin board.

 And we have good old Horton over in the corner, courtesy of Miss Sarah!
"I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one hundred percent!"

This was one of mine - the lovely Miss Gertrude McFuzz!

"This just isn't fair! I have one! She has two!
I must have a tail just like Lolla-Lee-Lou!"

And, of course, it wouldn't be Dr. Seuss without the Cat in the Hat, so I had to tackle him as well.

 "We looked, then we saw him step in on the mat. We looked, and we saw him - the Cat in the Hat!"

 I also did a One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish pole. I had wanted to do something more along the lines of McElligot's Pool with all of its crazy fish, but I ran out of time. Still, I like the idea of an interactive pole where the kids can "find" each of the fish! (Hufflepuffs in training, obviously.)

 "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish!"

I'm doing colors for story time this fall, and my first week is "red," so my initial thought was to make these Cat in the Hat hats (found here although be warned, those measurements are way off). Anyway, I decided the hat was a bit too complicated for a first week craft for 2s and 3s, but I didn't want it go to waste, so I stuck it on this little guy's head instead!

And finally, it was tough to get a decent picture, but I lined this overhang we have on our ceiling with"Oh the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!" in some awesomely bright colors. 

 As well as some bright 3-D orbs for good measure! (And yes, I did indeed have the soundtrack to Seussical the Musical running through my head the entire time I was making this.) In this picture, you can also see the stack ends that Miss Sarah made - the middle one has a silhouette of the kids from the Cat in the Hat, as well as a quote. Very cute!

And that's all for now! Check back soon for some more Wacky Wednesday crafts from this past summer, as well as at least one Flannel Friday in the near future.