What better way to embrace the world of Dr. Seuss than to dress up like one of his classic characters? This accessory making activity channels perhaps the most famous of all—the Cat in the Hat. Help him make a fun and simple hat that is similar to the one worn by the Cat in the Hat in the book by Dr. Seuss. It gets even better: This Seuss-inspired flair can be made with materials found around the house.
Cut out thick red and white strips from your paper. Measure the circumference of the oatmeal canister so that you know how large to cut the strips.
Glue the strips in a red and white striped pattern onto your oatmeal canister, just like the Cat in the Hat’s hat!
On the open end of the canister, punch a hole through either side about an inch from the opening. Tie a few feet of ribbon to each hole, letting the ends hang loose for now.
Have him create a rim for the hat by cutting out a circle from white paper. Make sure the circle is larger than the opening of the hat and then cut out its center (like a donut) so that it will fit on the canister like a hat’s rim. Glue the white rim to the open end of canister. Let dry.
After the hat is dry, help him model it by placing it on his head and tying it securely around his chin with the ribbon. Trim any excess ribbon, and he's ready to go! Encourage him to do his best Cat in the Hat impression, perhaps making use of another activity inspired by the book: his very own fun-in-the-box.
This activity was inspired by the book "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss. Random House, Inc. New York. 1957.