Red Zinnias

Much of the world seems magical through the eyes of little children. The most magical thing to witness is a plant growing through its cycle into the spring month. Dr. Seuss’s birthday just passed and during this time many teachers struggle to create inspiring lessons around his books. The perfect book to combine with the newness of spring is The Lorax, and the perfect lesson to go with it is teaching students to grow their plants, as for how the Trufella trees exist in the book. Although Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 makes for a great time to plant a seed, you can continue to do so throughout the year as long as the plant you are planting can withstand the environment of the season.

Trufella Planting

When picking plants to grow for this lesson, it would be best to pick something akin to the Trufella trees. These trees from The Lorax have long, striped trunks with tuft tops made of bright colors. Planting seeds is a marvelous act of science to behold, so performing the task of growing a tree will teach life lessons and science lessons with just the most basic of materials. Picking the right seed to plant is the key. There are many plants in Mother Nature that mirror the Trufella trees from Dr. Seuss’s imagination. Blue spruce, Zinnias, Gerbera Daisies, or Lupines are all perfect choices for this lesson. They all produce those bright, marvelous colors that exist on the Trufella, and most of them are plants as opposed to the Blue Spruce, which is an actual tree.

Items Needed

Very few items are needed for this project. Small planting pots or even old coffee and tea mugs can be turned into a vessel for the seeds being sewn with this project. The latter vessel inspires students to recycle something from home, thus adding to another life lesson to this project. Potting soil and dirt are also needed. Small measuring cups or scoops would be a good idea for moving dirt or soil into a vessel. The other two things that are logically needed are seeds and water.

Lesson Material to Cover

Some of the greatest lessons about life can be learned with this activity. First and foremost, it teaches little students about the plant’s life cycle. They also learn about how the sun acts as food for the plant. They will come to know about the hobby of gardening and how it is helpful to our plant to plant our gardens. If they brought something from home as the vessel for their plant, they would come to understand the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle process, too.

In many ways, they learn patience as they watch a plant come to life over a series of days receiving care from their close nurturing. In a world where everything happens almost instantly like with streaming technology, overnight deliveries, and fast food eateries, watching a plant grow slowly with each day reminds children how patient they must be to gain a result or benefit from something. Gardening is one of the last hobbies available that teach young people about this essential key to life. Germinating does not happen overnight, after all. Most seeds finish this process and start showing green shoots within five to ten days. Some other options, like Lupines, can take several weeks, though. Since most options bloom between four and eight weeks, picking a plant that will bring these students tangible results in a decent amount of time is crucial to investigate before a set of seeds are chosen. The object is to encourage patience instead of discouraging it, and taking too much time to grow might discourage these little minds.

Other Reasons to Plant on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

GerminationDr. Seuss falls at the right time of year for the prime season of growth. Therefore, it affords lessons about how the seasons change when something like planting seeds with The Lorax. Another thing to do is make sure these plants grow in time as Mother’s Day gifts in mid-May. The perfect length of time exists for a beautiful gift of life to be given in appreciation of someone who gave life to another. Therefore, this activity can stretch across several weeks, and it can only take a little bit of time each day to make observations, record a few notes, and provide some care to a living being.


Deciding to do something that will help humanity is the perfect way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday as he wrote books on so many key issues about life. Learning how to take care of life around them is essential for preschoolers to appreciate early on in life. Pairing these lessons with those taught in this book means setting up bright minds for a future that practices simple tasks like recycling and also believes in patience as a guiding tool for life. Planting flowers and trees in connection to this book will be sure to drive those values where they belong in a person’s life.


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