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A Hat for the Cat

We made a Cat in the Hat craft last year and wanted to try a new approach this year. With Dr. Seuss’s birthday approaching, it seemed like a great time to try!


  • white poster board (oak tag)
  • painter’s tape
  • red paint
  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • tape
  • stapler


1. Measure your poster board and create stripes 1.5-2 inches wide.

2. Use painter’s tape to mark off the stripes and paint the exposed poster board red.

My son also made one but he was feeling sick that day so he just drifted in and out of the crafting.

3. Let dry. Then, remove the painter’s tape.

4. Fit the poster board to your child’s head and staple (the poster board, not your child’s head).

5. Trace the crown of the hat (the tube) on a paper plate.

6. Cut out the center of the hat and glue or tape it to the top of the crown.

7. Tape or glue the crown of the hat to the brim.

Cause some (wholesome) mischief…but make sure you clean-up after yourself!

Educational Connections:

  • Literacy: Use refrigerator magnets or building blocks with painter’s tape to make groups of rhyming words found in the book (for example: mat, cat, hat).
  • Mathematics: The bands on the cat’s hat form a pattern. What color would come next? Find other examples of patterns.
  • Physical Education: Play a game to see home many objects you can balance on plate.  Now see how many you can balance on your head.
  • Pro-Social Skills: What games do you play inside? What games can you only play outside? Why? Why is it important to always clean-up after you play?
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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9 Responses to "A Hat for the Cat"

  1. April R says:

    Thanks so much for this post! My twin kindergartners are having a Dr. Seuss week at school coming up and requested Cat in the Hat hats for Monday’s dress up day. This tutorial saved my day! Thanks again!!!

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