Dr. Seuss’s birthday is around the corner and CKA’s President-Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille, has you covered with an adorable craft perfect for marking the occasion.  We love how this kind of directed art activity is part ELD, part math and all fun – with an ELA connection no less!

The Cat in the Hat directed art activity.

The Cat in the Hat project
(measurements for ONE cat)

Red –  four strips cut 4 1/2 X 1 (3 for hat, one for bow tie)
Red- one rectangle 4 X 8  (for book)
White- one strip 5 1/2 X 1 (for the brim of the hat)
White- one rectangle 4 1/2 X 6 (hat)
White- one rectangle 4 X 5 1/2 (tummy)
White- one rectangle 4 X 4 (face)
Black- four strips 1 X 6 (arms and legs)
Black- one rectangle 4 1/2 X 6 (body)
Black- one square  4 1/2 X 4 1/2 (head)

Step one:  pass out black large rectangle, place name on back.

Step two:  pass out black square, cut four corners off and glue to the top of the rectangle.

Step three:  pass out white square, cut corners off and glue into head.

Step four:   pass out white rectangle, cut corners off and glue onto body.

Step five:   pass out white rectangle, glue to the top of the head (for hat)

Step six:  pass out white strip and glue onto the base of the hat (brim)

Step seven:  pass out three red strips.  Glue one just above the brim, glue the next to the top of the hat and glue the last strip in the middle (this order helps kids space out strips evenly to look more like stripes)

Step eight:  pass out last red rectangle.  Fold and cut edges off on the FOLDED side only to make bow tie.  Glue onto cat.

Step nine: have students use pencil to draw face of cat.

Step ten:  pass out four black strips, teach accordion fold and glue on as arms and legs.  (when students are done, allow them to trace cat face with black marker)

Step eleven:  pass out red rectangle.  Fold and write words that rhyme with cat on the inside of the book.  Staple book to cat’s arms.

How will you be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday this year?  We’d love to hear all about it!