Monday, March 1, 2010

Dr. Seuss: "Cat in the Hat" hat

Happy March! Finally! I always feel like March is the light at the end of the tunnel every year. By the end of the month, hopefully the snow will be gone and the days will start warming up enough for us to go outside again. You know... in like a lion, out like a lamb, and all that stuff?

March is also traditionally a good month for celebrating Dr. Seuss, as his birthday is tomorrow! I have a handful of Dr. Seuss projects in my files, but I think I'm going to limit what we do this year and save some of the more involved crafts for next year. But we'll definitely hit a few this month, and we'll be reading some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, I'm sure. :)

For the "Cat in the Hat" hat craft...

You will need:
  • One white hat cut out (cardstock is preferable)
  • One long band in either white or red (cardstock is preferable)
  • 4-5 red construction paper stripes
  • Glue
I opted to cut my daughter's red stripes, but if your little one is already practicing cutting skills, you may want to use a Sharpie to simply draw lines on the construction paper. It's great cutting paper practice because it's just straight lines... nothing complicated. :)

Have your child glue the backs of the stripes...

...and attach to the hat.

What's really funny is to see how crooked their lines are!

Trim the edges of the paper stripes for your child.

Then use their head as a measurement for how wide to make the band part of the hat.

Attach with glue... or use a stapler if your little one is not going to be patient enough to wait for the glue to dry. We went with glue (or "blue," as she calls it :) and I did have to fix it a couple of times.

This is a quick and easy way to celebrate Dr. Seuss month that all ages can participate in!

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