It’s Dr. Seuss week for the Virtual Book Club for Kids this week. We’re sharing a Lorax cause and effect matching game. Read The Lorax and then use the matching game to talk about what happened in the story. The game highlights the environmental message in The Lorax. It would be perfect for Earth Day in addition to celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Also be sure to check out all of the Dr. Seuss inspired activities at the end of the post. Affiliate links are included in this post.
The Lorax is my personal favorite Dr. Seuss book. In his own quirky way, Dr. Seuss does a wonderful job of showing what can happen when we don’t take care of our environment. We can lose sight of what is best when greed and power are in control. Pollution and loss of habitat are a big concern for many species on our planet. The Lorax’s message introduces these concept to kids in an easy to understand way.
Lorax Cause and Effect Matching Game
I wanted to focus on the environmental message in story of The Lorax, so I created a cause and effect matching game. Learning about cause and effect is an important science skill. After reading the story, Aiden and Lily played the matching game.
Click here to download the Lorax Cause and Effect Matching Game cards for your personal or classroom use. (Non-commercial use only.) The PDF has 2 pages with 12 total cards.
Place all of the game cards face up so you can see them. Choose a cause card and read it aloud. Find it’s matching effect card.
Talk about each pair. What happened when the Truffula Trees were cut down?
You’ll notice that I have organized the cards into cause and effect matches (the causes are on the top row and the effects on on the bottom row of the PDF file). You can also place the cards in the order they occur in the story. The cards can be connected in multiple ways. For example, after the Truffula trees were cut down, the Lorax speaks for the trees and the Brown Bar-ba-loots had no fruit to eat. You can make a giant story map that connects the cards together if you wish.
Lily (age almost 3) likes using the Lorax cause and effect cards to talk about what happened in the story. She picks up a card and says what happens. Then, we talk about why that happened or what happened next. It’s quite adorable to watch her be so in tune with the story.
I’ve included my favorite quote from the story below. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, it’s not going to get better. It’s not.” This is the most important message from the whole book.
More Dr. Seuss Activities
- Truffula Tree Math Games inspired by The Lorax
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- See our entire collection of Dr. Seuss inspired ideas.
More Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more Dr. Seuss inspired activities:
Fun Ways for Kids to Learn their Letters – Mama Smiles
Green Eggs Letter Recognition – Still Playing School
Alphabet Puzzles – Sea of Knowledge
Ten Apples Up on Top Number Activity – CraftCreateCalm
Would You Eat This? A Green Eggs & Ham Activity – Sunny Day Family
Horton Hears a Who Listening Activities
Dr. Seuss Sensory Play with Kinetic Sand – The Educators’ Spin On It
Healthy Cat in The Hat Popsicles – Views From a Step Stool
Green Eggs and Ham Game: Color Word Egg Sort- Growing Book by Book
Color Mixing Truffla Trees Art Project – School Time Snippets
Color My Feelings With My Many Colored Days Teach Beside Me
Wacky Wednesday Visual Perception Activity- The OT Toolbox
Read Cat in the Hat with DIY Thing Puppets – Preschool Powol Packets
Exploring Shapes and Silhouettes – The Shape of Me and Other Stuff – To Be A Kid Again
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