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20 Wacky Wednesday Ideas: Easy, Low Prep Activities & Surprises!

Celebrate Read Across America week with these fun, low-prep Wacky Wednesday ideas! You’ll create a fun and memorable day that will surely become your favorite wacky tradition!

20 simple, low prep Wacky Wednesday ideas to help create a memorable and wacky day for your kids! Find Wacky Wednesday STEM activities, wacky crafts, and wacky surprises!

20 simple, low prep Wacky Wednesday ideas to help create a memorable and wacky day for your kids! Find Wacky Wednesday STEM activities, wacky crafts, and wacky surprises!

Wacky Wednesday is one of our favorite traditions. Wacky Wednesday was always the week of March 2nd, when we celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

It began when I was teaching elementary school. Wacky dress-up and a few surprises throughout the day made the day a memorable favorite for the students. And, of course, every year we would share the Wacky Wednesday book and find all of the wacky surprises there, too.

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I love celebrating Wacky Wednesday because you can have a lot of fun with very little preparation. The silly things we do don’t take away from our regular school routine, it just makes it a little more fun.

Read on to find 20 Wacky Wednesday ideas:

  • 5 surprises
  • 5 simple craft ideas
  • 5 links to wacky STEM actvities
  • 10 wacky dress-up ideas

Hey, one more thing. No pressure to be extra wacky today. Your wacky day should be enjoyable for everyone – including you!

5 Fun Wacky Wednesday Surprises

Whether you’ve already read the book or you’re going to on Wednesday, it will be fun to put a few simple surprises to remind your kids that it’s Wacky Wednesday. Set these up on Tuesday night, and when your kids wake up they’ll know something is wacky!

Wacky Wednesday ideas to surprise your kids:

  1. Pick up a pack of command strips and stick a few shoes to the wall and ceiling
  2. Add long socks to your chair legs
  3. Turn furniture around or upside down
  4. Put hats on your lamps
  5. Turn pictures on your walls upside down or to the side

5 Easy Wacky Wednesday Craft Ideas

Almost every kid’s craft has the opportunity to get a little wacky. Especially if you have glitter around the house! Let’s keep the wacky a little more low key and less mess:

  1. Switch out painting supplies: use a toothbrush, stick with leaves at the end, or celery and green onions instead of a paintbrush to make a wacky painting
  2. Draw or color upside down: tape paper to the underside of your table or desk and draw on the “ceiling”
  3. Wacky open ended craft: create an invitation to play with scissors, glue, tape, construction paper, and googly eyes and let your child make whatever wacky creation that comes to mind
  4. Wacky photography: take a photo of your kids or use an old image, print them out on letter size paper, draw, paint, or add construction paper to create wacky hair, glasses, mustaches, and glasses
  5. Wacky gallery: make a display of your wacky artwork on the ceiling!

5 Wacky Wednesday STEM Activities

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics activities to enrich your Wacky Wednesday activities and encourage a bit of hands-on learning.

  1. Make fluffy slime chemistry  with instructions from Mom Dot Com.
  2. Watch the Frankenworms come alive in a simple chemistry experiment from Playdough to Plato.
  3. Learn about coding and cause & effect with this fun and wacky glowstick coding activity from Teach Your Kids to Code.
  4. Challenge your kids to a Dr. Seuss STEM cup stacking challenge with instructions from Little Bins for Little Hands.
  5. Can you un-wack this wacky mixed-up hundred chart? Simple instructions for this math challenge from Creative Family Fun.

10 Wacky Wednesday Dress Up Ideas

Display your level of wacky by dressing wild on Wacky Wednesday! I love having a dress-up day. It’s an easy, low prep way to make the day special – and it’s less distracting that you might think.

You may be dressed a bit wackier than usual,  you can still get things done. If you don’t want to take much (or any) time off from your regular routine, a wacky dress up day is ideal.

A few Wacky Wednesday ideas for dress up themes:

  1. Inside out day
  2. Pajama day
  3. Backward day
  4. Dress from a specific era (80s and 90s work well!)
  5. Haul out the old Halloween costumes
  6. Rainbow day – wear rainbow items or choose each item of clothing in a different color
  7. Silly socks day
  8. Wacky hair day
  9. Dress like a favorite Seuss character
  10. Mix and clash day – anything that doesn’t match: polka dots, plaids, stripes, wacky colors!


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