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Feb 202013
 

The Lorax is one of my personal favorite Dr. Seuss books because of the environmental message. It’s such a great lesson we all need to learn. I was quite impressed that even my 3 year old understands this. He is quick to point out all of the bad things done to the animals in the book. I created this truffula tree math game to connect with the book. Affiliate links are included in this post.

Truffula Tree Math Games Inspired by Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Truffula Tree Math Games Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

My favorite quote from The Lorax: UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, it’s not going to get better. It’s not. That sums up conservation and caring for our Earth pretty well.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot..." quote from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

This is why the truffula tree math game is all about planting truffula trees.

Create the Truffula Trees

Materials:

  • black and yellow striped fuzzy sticks {aka pipe cleaners}
  • assorted colors of pom poms {jumbo size}
  • hot glue
  • green play dough {leftover from our Green Eggs and Ham}
  • numbered milk caps or number cards
  • cap or card with +/- signs.

Cut the striped fuzzy sticks into thirds. Hot glue pom poms onto the fuzzy sticks.

Play a Number Recognition Game

Roll out some green play dough. Choose a number from the pile. Plant that number of truffula trees in the green play dough counting aloud as you plant. Chop down your truffula trees counting as you take them away. Choose another number and plant again.

Truffula Tree Math Games Inspired by Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Play an Addition/Subtraction Game

Roll out some green play dough. Choose a number from the pile. Plant that number of truffula trees in the green play dough counting aloud as you plant.

Truffula Tree Math Games Inspired by Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Flip the +/- milk cap. If the + sign is on top, choose another number and add that many truffula trees to be planted. If the – sign is on top, choose another number and subtract that many truffula trees to be chopped down.

Truffula Tree Math Games Inspired by Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Continue adding and subtracting truffula trees.

Truffula Tree Math Games Inspired by Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

 

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  20 Responses to “Truffula Tree Math Games Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”

  1. Nice twist on the Truffula Tree craft to include math!! Great idea.

    I invite you to link this post to my Countdown to Dr. Seuss’s birthday post:
    http://www.happybirthdayauthor.com/2013/01/countdown-to-dr-seusss-birthday.html

    I hope you stop by to link up! Feel free to link up your other Dr. Seuss activities too! You have lots of good ones!

    I am going to pin this post!
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  2. Great math activity!!! Can’t wait to try it!
    Megan recently posted..Acts of Kindness for Kids: Get the Whole Family InvolvedMy Profile

  3. Awe that is such a colourful and fun way to explore maths. Brilliant.

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy
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  4. Great idea! My daughter and I have been stuck at home sick and this was a fun activity for us. See our version of this math game here, http://whatsintow.wordpress.com/. Thanks again!
    cmbanerjee recently posted..Let’s Count 1-10! (Fun Math Game)My Profile

  5. Love this idea! Pinned onto our Math Board. I know a little first grader who will love doing this for math facts practice this week! Thanks for sharing on our Dr. Seuss Virtual Book Club for Kids.
    Kim @ The Educators’ Spin On It recently posted..Connecting Family through Creative Play: Snapshot of Parenting with PurposeMy Profile

  6. Your trees are awesome, and I love the use of bottle tops.
    Jen Fischer recently posted..{2 for 1} Weekly Kid’s Co-Op + Project 101: Weekly Library ChallengeMy Profile

    • I started collecting milk caps and bottle tops with no intended purpose. I knew there would be something we could do with them. I’ve seen so many great idea for them.

  7. The Lorax is my favorite Seuss book too! Love the math activity – so simple and so effective!

    • :) I was actually surprised at how catching the activity would be. My son has played with the truffula tree and has counted them every day since we made them.

  8. I love math, and this is such a cute idea just in time for Dr. Seuss week! That quote from the Lorax is my fave Dr. Seuss quote too; it was printed on our volunteer services shirt one year in college.
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  9. Love your Truffula trees. They look great.
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  10. This is such a wonderful idea! I bet creating the trees is a lot of fun. I am pinning and Facebook sharing this post.
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  11. What a gorgeous game! I just love how you combined such a popular Dr. Seuss book and math learning. Need to pin this one for sure! Thanks so much for sharing this week on Discover & Explore!
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  12. I love this story! What a fun way to incorporate a little math to go along with it. Thanks for sharing at Discover & Explore. I’m featuring this post today.
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