Learn how to make a Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat paper plate craft with this easy DIY tutorial anyone can do with little time and minimal supplies. It's designed so that moms and teachers can create multiple hats FAST for children to put together and play with.
Dr. Seuss's books inspire children around the world, and this kid craft makes for one of the most simple activities you can do at home or school to celebrate his legacy.
This Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat craft was designed to be extremely quick and easy, so that moms and teachers could put it together in no time, whether it's for one or several kids.
For example, while the tutorial below is written to make one craft, if you are preparing several paper plate crafts you can simply grab a few pieces of construction paper or poster board and cut the supplies in one snip for several hats.
Ultimately, based on the age of the child and how much you want him or her to participate, the child can focus on: cutting, gluing, decorating and/or playing.
I hope you love these Dr. Seuss craft ideas!
How to Make a Cat in the Hat Paper Plate Craft
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- one white poster board
- one white paper plate(s) (9" or more inches wide)
- one piece of red construction paper
- one piece of black construction paper
- black marker
- ruler or yardstick
- 1" hole puncher (optional)
- Carefully cut out the inner circle of a paper plate, leaving both the inner circle and the paper plate's edge intact. The edge of the plate will be the face of your Cat in the Hat paper plate craft. The inner circle will become the hat.
- Use the marker and ruler to measure, then cut off 1" on the left and right sides of the inner circle of the paper plate to make the shape of the hat (straight on the sides, and rounded on the top and bottom).
- Using one piece of red construction paper and the marker and ruler to measure, cut off two 3" corners (in the shape of triangles) and one 1" circle for the Cat in the Hat bowtie. (If you are short on time, use a 1" circle hole puncher.) Cut three 1" strips for the stripes of the hat (as wide as the hat).
- Using one piece of black construction paper and the marker and ruler to measure, cut off two 2" corners for the Cat in the Hat's ears (in the shape of triangles). Cut three ½" strips across the paper, then cut those strips in half, to make six ½" strips for the Cat in the Hat's whiskers. (There will be three whiskers on each side of the paper plate.)
- Glue the red bowtie pieces on the bottom center edge of the paper plate in the shape of a bowtie (with the red circle in the middle and the two triangle pieces pointing inward).
- Glue the red strips on the hat so that they have white space between them and look like stripes.
- Use the marker and ruler to measure, then cut a long 1" thick strip across the poster board and glue it onto the bottom center of the hat. This poster board strip is the brim of the hat (and it will later become a headband so that a child can wear the hat).
- Glue the brim of the hat onto to top edge of the paper plate.
- Glue three black whiskers on the left middle side and right middle side of the paper plate.
- Glue one black ear on each of the top left side and top right side of the paper plate, pointing upwards.
- Measure the brim of the hat (the poster board strip) around the head of the child who will be wearing it. Trim any excess poster board and tape it together so that it fits snugly around the child's head.
- Curl up with one of Dr. Seuss's books to read and enjoy wearing your Cat in the Hat paper plate craft!