I must admit: I do not in fact like green eggs and ham. Regular eggs and ham, sure…but something about greening my egg turns me off.
But what I do enjoy is new games. And so does my six year old daughter, but for her, she particularly enjoys thematic games that draw on books she has read or movies and television shows she has watched. My personal observation is that it helps the attention span stretch a bit further.
You know the ones I am talking about: classic games skinned with the latest popular children’s media. The Dr. Seuss games listed here are a mix. Some of them are variations on common games, and others leverage the Dr. Seuss property in a unique game.
Cat in the Hat: I Can do That!
I am many things, but being coordinated is not one of them. Hand-eye coordination is not the worst, but make me do something with my legs, then I am more likely to look like an oaf than complete the task.
So, dexterity games are not usually my top choice. But….this game is entertainingly good fun with the kids. The nature of the game levels the playing fields between adults and children.
And while we all like games to be fun, this game adds opportunities for conversation: 1) important try to new things, 2) perseverance when we fail, and 3) humility when we struggle (yeah, this one is more for the parents!).
The gist of the game is that you will be asked to do random activities. For example, you may have to crawl through an arch while not letting a prop (e.g., a cake cutout) fall off your head. Yes, I do think kids have some natural advantages in this game.
Dr. Seuss Matching Game
So, Dr. Seuss games are obviously targeted towards kids, but basic matching games are even moreso directed towards them. Nothing fancy or innovative here: turn all the tiles face down and find the two that match. Rinse and repeat. If you have a Dr. Seuss fan, then she or he will most likely enjoy the imagery. 72 tiles included.
Thing Two Thing One Whirly Fun
Yet another dexterity-based game to keep kids hands moving. This one is a collaborative game where players work together to make sure the messy house (thanks to Thing One and Thing Two, which are represented by a destructive spinny top) is clean before mother gets home.
Surprise Slides reminds me of Chutes (Snakes) and Ladders except for a few differences. The most obvious is the Dr. Seuss theme. But this also includes extra board manipulation: flips and shuffles alter change the location and direction of the slides.
Cat in the Hat Card Game
The Cat in the Hat card game is very similar to the Cat in the Hat: I Can Do That board game listed first. They both use the same mechanic: 3 cards that form an activity that a player must complete in order to earn a card. The only difference is the board game has more props (this one only has a fishbowl) for players to interact with.
Dr Seuss’s ABC Game
This game is out of print, so I would not advise trying to purchase a copy unless you want to spend up or check Ebay for a good deal.
In this game players move along a 52 item track (labeled with both upper and lower case letters). Movement is random (determined by a spinner), which makes this game that kids can “compete”.
Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Board Game
Fairly straightforward moving (spinner) and matching game. Published in 1996, you’re going to have to find in on Ebay or a yard sale.
And some older Dr. Seuss games you may like to know about:
Dr. Seuss Charades Game
In this Seussian twist on the classic game of charades, preschoolers draw a card to act out for their friends. Specially developed for young players, this game uses familiar and whimsical images from the world of Dr. Seuss for silly, laugh out loud fun for everyone!
Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish Search Game
Frolic along the seaside with Dr. Seuss. This One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Memory Game gives little ones the unique opportunity to search for brilliant fish and absurd treasures in five secret locations. The lucky player with the most treasures wins the game!
What’s in the Cat’s Hat
The Cat in the Hat has something mysterious in his hat and wants you to play along!. Get ready for multi-sensory fun as you and your friends use your eyes, ears, fingers, and nose to figure out what’s inside! Use items from around the house—is it a toy car, an apple, a toothbrush? No two games are ever the same!