Fun-in-a-Box! Activity

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Updated on Mar 28, 2013

The main character in the whimsical Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat, is famous for concocting a day filled with mischievous entertainment; the shenanigans escalate with the release of Thing 1 and Thing 2 from his "fun-in-a-box." Get your child thinking: If he were the Cat in the Hat, what would he keep in his fun-in-a-box?

In this Seuss-inspired activity, he'll make his own fun-in-a-box and create whatever he wants to fill it with, too! This project celebrating a wonderfully imaginative children's book is a great way to boost his fine motor skills and inspire his imagination.

What You Need:

  • Cardboard box ( a cereal box or shoe box would work)
  • Glue
  • Red paper
  • Scissors
  • White paper
  • Markers or crayons

What You Do:

  1. Help him measure the red paper so that it will cover all sides of the cardboard box. Ask him to cut a piece of paper to fit each side.
  2. Have him take the cardboard box and glue the red paper to each side, to make it look like a real fun-in-a-box. Have him trim any excess paper, and let it dry.
  3. If the box doesn't have an opening, cut one using the scissors, so that one side of the box folds back to reveal the inside.
  4. Now, encourage him to find or create anything he wants to go inside the box! Using white paper and markers or crayons, he can draw anything he wants. Suggest that he creates his own versions of Thing 1 and Thing 2, or uses his stuffed animals as models for different creatures.
  5. Invite him to cut out each drawn image and place it in his fun-in-a-box!

Try reading The Cat in the Hat together, and having him act out the fun-in-a-box scene as the Cat in the Hat himself. Urge him to also devise his own stories using his homemade fun-in-a-box.

This activity was inspired by the book "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss. Random House, Inc. New York. 1957.

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