Jon Austria/The Daily TimesIsaiah Lee make a tree of nonsense using pictures of dinosaurs during, Seussabration at the E3 Childrens Museum & Science Center
Jon Austria/The Daily Times Isaiah Lee make a tree of nonsense using pictures of dinosaurs during, Seussabration at the E3 Childrens Museum & Science Center on Tuesday. (Jon Austria)
FARMINGTON — Children and their parents gathered at the E3 Children's Museum on Tuesday to turn old magazines and scrapbooking paper into "Trees of Nonsense."

"Trees of Nonsense" was the first activity in a series of activities leading up to Dr. Seuss' birthday, which is Saturday. The children's museum is calling the series of events "Seussabration."

"Seussabration" was put together by Cherie Powell, the children's museum education coordinator.

Powell said she chose to put on the series of activities because Dr. Seuss "is cool and almost all kids know who he is."

Powell said she got the idea for "Trees of Nonsense" after seeing a tree that was decorated in a way that reminded her of Dr. Seuss. She said the craft is based on a Dr. Seuss quote "I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells."

Powell said she loves her work at the E3 Children's Museum because she gets to work and play with kids.

"I'm the boss of fun," Powell said.

Tiffany Lee brought her two children to make the trees. She said she attends craft activities with her children all over town because it provides her an opportunity to spend time with her kids while they have fun.

Blake Walkan, 9, used striped scrapbooking paper to create the trunks on his trees. He said he liked the stripes and that the paper was "full of colors."

Walken said his favorite Dr. Seuss book is "The Lorax" because "its teaching me to save trees."

Throughout the week, the children's musuem will be hosting other crafts to celebrate Dr.


Seuss. Powell said all the other crafts are based on books.

Simply Science, also part of the Seussabration at the E3 Children's Museum, will be making Oobleck on Thursday. Powell said Oobleck is equal parts water and corn starch. Simply Science is held every week as a way to inspire children to explore science.

"It's neither a solid nor a liquid," Powell said.

She said the kids like it and it's messy, so she warned not to wear black.

Today's craft in honor of Dr. Seuss will be making Cat and the Hat finger puppets. Powell said the finger puppets will include Thing One and Thing Two.

Another event Powell said children generally enjoy will be making some "Schlopp," which takes place as part of Family Art Saturday at the E3 Children's Museum. Powell said "Schlopp" will involve making ice cream using bags and eating cake.

"Seussabration" will be taking place at 3:30 p.m. every day this week and will conclude with "Schlopp" on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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