Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America with a fun Cat in the Hat movie playdate! Or make one of these Cat in the Hat crafts at home with your toddler, preschooler, or kindergartener. Plus see the simple Cat in the Hat food ideas including Thing 1 and Thing cupcakes that are super easy to make. *Originally published on 3/5/2012 and updated on 2/24/2019.
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Cat in the Hat Crafts For Preschoolers and Toddlers
The kids made two cute crafts and then watched the Cat in the Hat movie. The crafts turned out cute!
Paper Plate Cat in the Hat Mask Craft
First, each kid made a paper plate Cat in the Hat mask. I thought it would be cute to cut out the center of the paper plates to create a place for them to put their face up to. I love how it turned out!
After cutting out the center of the paper plate, the kids happily colored the remaining part with black markers. I printed the Cat in the Hat’s bow from here and used it as a template for creating bows from red construction paper. Then you can either staple it to the paper plate or have the kids glue it in place.
I printed the hat from the A to Z Teacher Stuff website which the kids colored ever other stripe with a red marker (except my son who decided to color more 🙂 ) When they finished, I stapled each of their hats on top of their plates, opposite the red bow.
Next, the kids glued on whiskers and ears cut from black construction paper. Glue the whiskers on the side of the plate and the triangle cat ears on the top (to each side of the red and white hat).
Finish by taping a popsicle craft stick to the backside.
My son and his friends loved the craft and we actually got all of them to pose for us using their Cat in the Hat mask. Baby Sister even got in on the fun!
Thing 1 and Thing 2 Handprint Art Projects
For our second craft, I helped each kid make a handprint and arm print Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft. Head over to our other blog to see full instructions for the craft → Arm and Handprint Thing 1 and Thing 2
Cat in the Hat Food Ideas For Party
We had a red, white, and light blue party theme. I printed Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 party printables from Catch My Party. Stick the cut party printables on toothpicks and then poke them into the food.
The Dr. Seuss-inspired food for our playgroup party was mainly all red and white:
- cheese ravioli
- red apple slices
- white powdered donuts
- goldfish crackers (to represent the fish in the movie)
- Thing 1 & Thing 2 cupcakes
- red and white polka dot paper plates
- red cups for the drinks
Thing 1 and Thing 2 Cupcakes
The kid’s cupcakes had blue Thing 1 and Thing 2 hair! I used blue spray frosting to swirl a pile on top of each cupcake and then placed a Cat in the Hat cupcake topper in each. The cupcake wrappers and toppers are from Catch My Party
Did you do anything fun to celebrate this great author? We’d love for you to share in the comments!
More Cat in the Hat Activities And Dr. Seuss Craft Ideas
- Take a peek at the Cat in the Hat book.
- This Cat in the Hat inspired slime makes a fun playgroup activity.
- See more Dr. Seuss Handprint Craft ideas.
- Here’s another Dr. Seuss theme that would be fun for a playgroup: Horton Hears a Who crafts, book, and movie.
- A fun art project that is great for groups with different ages is this 3D Handprint Lorax.
- Oobleck playgroup activity – This was a huge hit!
See also: Book Themed Crafts for Read Across America