Even in the kitchen, Dr. Seuss inspires creativity! Give kids a chance to create their own recipes and cook up some fantastic foods inspired by books by Dr. Seuss.
Though the book doesn’t include a recipe, Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham is one of the most frequently made dishes from children’s literature. After learning from Sam-I-am and his friend that the taste of green eggs and ham is indeed worthy of eating here, there, and anywhere, kids everywhere are eager to fill their own plates.
Which is absolutely great! Because sometimes kids can be a little picky about what they eat.
Dr. Seuss, who was always trying new things and expanding readers’ ideas about how to look at the world, created tons of titles filled with tasty notions to entice all types of eaters. Introducing kids to the fun of cooking through Dr. Seuss gives them the chance to try new foods, learn new skills, and explore the kitchen! Read these Dr. Seuss titles with a culinary eye and a bit of an appetite, then give your and your kids’ imaginations a workout as you take reading fun from page to plate.
Launch your kitchen adventures with this Dr. Seuss classic. If you’ve made green eggs and ham before by adding food coloring to scrambled eggs, give Green Eggs and Ham Deluxe or a Green Eggs-travaganza! a try! If you’re ready to come up with your own recipe, talk with your kids about how they think green eggs and ham should look and taste. What other green foods do they like to eat? See how many green food favorites they can name, and discuss how those foods could fit into a green eggs and ham recipe. An egg white omelet topped with a scoop of mashed avocado and served over fresh spinach might be a good start.
Adventure is the special ingredient in “Scrambled eggs Super-Dee-Dooper-dee-Booper, Special deluxe à-la-Peter T. Hooper” but you don’t have to travel to exotic locations as Peter did for your eggs. A plate of eggs is definitely in order with a reading of Scrambled Eggs Super! but they will taste even better if you also go on an “egg-citing” quest to the farmers’ market or all the way to a farm to gather your eggs!
How about making something to sip with a bedtime story? Kids can build a brilliant healthy beverage based on the moose juice and goose juice of the dreaming moose and goose in The Sleep Book. Let kids pick from fruits and vegetables that are the colors of moose juice (orange) or goose juice (green) in the book and then help them peel, chop, and liquefy. Encourage them to write down the ingredients they used so they can replicate or improve their drinks the next time they are ready to cut loose with Dr. Seuss–inspired juice!
“Schlopp. Schlopp. Beautiful schlopp. Beautiful schlopp with a cherry on top” from Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! sounds like it could contain just about anything you can chop and then plop into a bowl. This recipe for Beautiful Schlopp is a fruity yogurt treat. Provide yogurt and lots of favorite fruits or small amounts of sweet treats like mini marshmallows, grated chocolate, or shredded coconut for kids to mix in, and watch the inventiveness begin!
Other whimsical creations in Dr. Seuss’s books can also be made into delectable edibles. Read Dr. Seuss’s ABC together, then bake your own alphabet cookies. When those are gone, bake more but go On Beyond Zebra! and let kids roll cookie dough to make letters YUZZ through HI! along with some new letters of their own.
Kids will need something to drink with their cookies, and it seems appropriate that you would wash down a FLOOB cookie with a Pink Ink Yink Drink inspired by the Yink in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Or perhaps your child got an idea from The Lorax for a Truffula Fruit smoothie or is excited to drink some Blue Goo from The Butter Battle Book. Let your kids take the lead, experiment, and learn.
And the mess? There will some mess. But have no fear. It’s not hard to pick up things that fall down and get the kitchen clean again. Put on your Cat in the Hat hats and make cleanup as fun as cooking! Just like fostering a love for books and reading, it’s all about the attitude!
Your kids will enjoy getting creative in the kitchen with Dr. Seuss, but helping with everyday cooking can be fun too. Tell us about your favorite times together in the kitchen in the comments. We can’t wait to see what you cook up!