Use Dr. Seuss‘ whimsical books to set the stage for introducing biblical wisdom to children with these 6 Sunday School Lessons Based on Dr. Seuss Books. Find more great Sunday school lessons to help kids grow in their faith.
The whimsical world of Dr. Seuss has entertained and educated children and adults for the last 64 years with stories that rhyme and charismatic characters who delight their listening audience. Underneath the silliness, Dr. Seuss’ stories tend to shed light on human nature and the world we live in. They can also be used to relate the gospel and biblical wisdom in a colorful way.
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So…when you find you’re in the mood to run and play, when rhyming sounds like just the plan for the day, take these lessons that can’t be beat, and let Dr. Seuss teach that the Bible is neat! You can use all these lessons for a full week of summer camp. Or use a lesson every now and then to reinforce a Sunday school lesson that has the same theme.
From The Book — “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).
Here’s the Hook — Kids will learn about sharing Jesus with others and trying something different.
You’ll need two plates of mashed potatoes — one white and one mixed with green food coloring.
Ask kids which plate of mashed potatoes they’d rather eat. Tell them you’re going to read Green Eggs and Ham, and you’ll need a volunteer during the story to take a bite of the white mashed potatoes every time the man in the book says, “I do not like them, Sam-I-am.” Every time he says, “I like green eggs and ham!” the volunteer will take a bite out of the green potatoes.
Read the book Green Eggs and Ham. After you’ve read the story, ask, “Why do you think Sam wanted to share the green eggs and ham with his friend? Why didn’t his friend want to try them? Do you think you’d want to try green eggs and ham? Why or why not? When was the first time you heard about Jesus? Did you want to become Jesus’ friend right away? After you discovered that Jesus was good, did you want to tell your friends? Why or why not?”
Say, “Today’s verse is Psalm 34:8. It says ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.’ Many of you have ‘tasted’ or tried out God’s way. It may’ve been scary at first, but once you tried it, you liked it! You may have friends who don’t know about Jesus and are scared to come to church. You need to take Jesus to them just as Sam in this story took something new to his friend!”
Eat That Food! — You’ll need celery sticks, green apples, green jelly beans, peeled kiwi fruit, green M&M’s candy, poster board, and a brass brad.
Cut out a poster-board circle and draw five pie sections on the circle. Write one of the above food items in each section. Draw and cut out an arrow from a different piece of poster board, and attach the arrow to the poster-board circle with a brass brad to help it spin.
Have kids take turns spinning the wheel. Wheel-spinners must eat whatever food comes up on the wheel. Play until each person has had a turn.
Green Egg Cookies — You’ll need round sugar cookies, white frosting, plastic spoons, and green jelly beans.
Say, “Our verse today says ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good…’ Let’s have some yummy cookies to remind us of God’s goodness.”
Have kids frost the sugar cookies and put a green jelly bean “egg yolk” on each one to remind them of how good God is!
Book It — You’ll need paper, pencils, and crayons or markers. Have kids make books about helping a friend “try” Jesus. Allow kids to work in groups; some will be better at writing words while others would rather illustrate. The books should be in a rhyming style, with lines such as, “I’ll love Jesus here or there; I’ll love Jesus everywhere!” Have groups read their books. Make enough photo-copies of each book so that each child has a copy of all the books to take home.
Patience Is Better
From The Book — “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride” (Ecclesiastes 7:8).
Here’s the Hook — Kids will learn the results that come from being patient and keeping their promises.
You’ll need plastic Easter eggs with chewy fruit snacks inside.
Show children the plastic eggs. Say, “I have an egg that contains a surprise inside for each of you. You’ll need to be patient and listen to our story first; then you’ll get your egg.”
Read the book Horton Hatches the Egg. After you’ve read the story, ask, “Why didn’t Mayzie want to sit on her egg? Was it easy for Horton to sit on the egg for so long? Why or why not? How do you think Horton felt when the egg hatched and a flying elephant came out? Can you think of a time you’ve been patient and faithful, ‘One hundred per cent’?”
Read aloud Ecclesiastes 7:8. Then ask, “What does this verse say about patience? Which character in the book had patience? Who kept a promise? Who was rewarded in the end?”
Say, “It’s not easy to be patient like Horton, but the outcome can be wonderful when we’re patient.”
Balloon Relay — You’ll need 32 balloons, two large boxes, and two sets of the Bible verse written out and cut apart word by word. Divide balloons into two sets of 16. For each set, stuff a word from the verse into each balloon. Inflate balloons and place each set in separate boxes at the far end of your room.
Form two teams. On “go,” the first person on each team runs to the balloons, picks up one, and sits on it until it pops. The runner takes the word from the balloon and runs back to tag the next person in line. Continue play until all the balloons have been popped. Each team puts the words from the verse in order and reads the verse together as a team.
Egg-stra Surprise — You’ll need the plastic eggs from the opening activity.
Say, “You’ve done a great job being patient today. Remember the plastic eggs I showed you earlier? They contain your snack for today.”
Give an egg to each child, and have the children eat their snacks.
Hatching Eggs — You’ll need one package of Quaker Oatmeal Dinosaur Eggs cereal per child.
Before kids leave, let them know you have a special surprise for them. Give each child a package of oatmeal. Tell kids that this oatmeal is special because it has egg pieces in it. Tell them that their parents will need to help them hatch their eggs by adding hot water to their cereal in a bowl. Have them report on their discoveries the following week.