Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Craft [Free Template]

This Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat craft is the perfect activity to do with your kids after reading The Cat in the Hat book. The free template makes this craft easy for young kids!

Cat in the Hat Craft

When you think about Dr. Seuss, it’s hard not to picture the book, The Cat in the Hat. I have to admit, when I was a kid, I was a little nervous about the Cat in the Hat. After all, it made a huge mess in the book and I was so worried that the kids were going to get in trouble.

But my son has no such worries! He loves The Cat in the Hat as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2. He thinks they are fun and silly and definitely wouldn’t mind them showing up at our house.

Here is a simple Cat in the Hat craft that captures the iconic character in the popular book. With Dr. Seuss’s birthday and National Read Across America Day coming up on March 2nd, it’s the perfect time to read (or re-read) The Cat in the Hat and make this Cat in the Hat craft with your kids.

Cat in the Hat Craft


Supplies for cat in the hat puppet


1. Download and print out the free Cat in the Hat template. Cut out all the template patterns.

Note: The Cat in the Hat template provided has the face of the Cat in the Hat drawn on the face template pattern. You can use the face pattern as is, or you can draw your own face on the face cutout.

2. Trace the template patterns on construction paper. You can use the hat, inner ear, face, and hand patterns as is on printer paper, or you can trace them onto white construction paper. Trace the strips, bow tie, and the small circle on red paper. Trace the rest of the template patterns on black paper.

Cut out all template pieces.

Cutting traced patterns - Cat in the Hat Puppet

3. Glue the white face template on the head cutout. Glue the inner ear pieces on the ear part of the head cutout.

Glue the white circles (hands) on the round part of the arms. Glue the red strips on the hat, spacing them evenly.

To make the bow tie, glue the small red circle in the middle of the bow pattern.

Attach White Face - Cat in the Hat Puppet

4. Glue the arms and head to the body cutout.

Attach the head pattern

5. Glue the bow tie underneath the face cutout. Use scissors and trim the strips along the outline of the hat.

Attach the bow - Dr Seuss Puppet

6. Glue the hat on top of the head. Draw the face on the Cat in the Hat with a black marker or Sharpie, or you could use the face template with the face already printed on the paper. It might be fun to see what your kids come up with!

draw the face

7. Glue the tail on the backside of the paper cat, and you are done!

Cat in the hat puppet

I hope you and your kids enjoyed making this DIY Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat craft. What a fun way to celebrate Dr. Seuss!

What book will you be reading with your kids on National Read Across America Day? Whatever Dr. Seuss books you choose, these adorable Thing 1 and Thing 2 bookmarks can help you keep your place in the book!

For preschoolers who love to color, we also have The Cat in the Hat bookmark that you can print, color, and use. There is an option to make a simple tassel to go along with the bookmark as well.

Happy reading!

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