7 Dr. Seuss Craft Ideas

On March 2nd we celebrate the birthday of the Doctor of Silly, the Master of Imagination—the incomparable Dr. Seuss. Classrooms across America celebrate our beloved Wizard of Words and Fabricator of Fun with reading events that foster a lifelong love of stories. Looking to celebrate National Read Across America Day with playful activities that honor the fun and fantasy of Seuss? These 7 craft ideas will bring the magic of the iconic Cat in the Hat to life! 

1. Baking Cup Cat in the Hat

Animation of a Dr. Seuss kids' craft
Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat craft using baking cups and construction paper

Supplies

  • Red or assorted color pom-poms
  • Red Polka Dot baking cups
  • Black baking cups
  • Mini White baking cups
  • Plastic eyeballs
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • School glue
  • White, Black and Red construction paper
Glue, scissors, construction paper and baking cups displayed against a flat surface

Steps

1. Place the smaller white baking cup inside the larger black baking cup. Glue in place. 

2. Add plastic eyes to create the Cat in the Hat's face.

3. Draw a mouth, nose and whiskers using a black pen or marker. 

3. Cut the pipe cleaner into two smaller strips and glue onto the face to make eyebrows. 

4. Cut out two triangles from white construction paper to make the ears. 

4. Cut a hat shape out of the red construction paper and white stripes out of the white construction paper. Glue the white stripes so they alternate with red to create the striped hat. 

5. Cut the red polka dotted baking cup into the shape of a bow tie. 

6. Add a pom-pom in the center of the bow-tie. 

7. Enjoy your handy work with a smile! 

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2. Ice Pop Stick Cat's Hat

Animation of a Dr. Seuss kids' craft
Glue, paint, paintbrushes and popsicle sticks displayed on a flat surface

Supplies 

  • Ice pop stick
  • Tongue depressor
  • School glue 
  • Washable paint 
  • Paint brushes
Glue, paint, paintbrushes and popsicle sticks displayed on a flat surface

Steps

1. Paint half of your ice pop sticks red and the other half white. 

2. Glue red and white painted sticks horizontally in an alternating pattern.

3. Paint a tongue depressor white and glue it to the bottom of the stacked red and white sticks to form the brim of the hat. 

4. Give your widest cat grin and pat yourself on the back! 

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3. Paper Plate Fox

Animation of a Dr. Seuss kids' craft
Orange and yellow fox paper plate craft supplies displayed against a flat white surface

Supplies 

  • Assorted pom-poms 
  • School glue 
  • Sunshine Yellow Paper lunch plates 
  • Orange Paper lunch plates 
  • Scissors 
  • Plastic eyes
Paper plate fox children's craft

Steps

1. Cut large triangles out of the orange and yellow paper plates so they look like pizza slices. These will form the heads of two foxes. 

2. Cut smaller triangles to form the ears. Glue the ears to the rounded edges of the plates. 

3. Add plastic eyes. 

4. Draw eyebrows to frame the eyes. 

5. Glue pom-poms to the tip of the triangle face to create fox noses. 

6. Congratulate your foxy self! 

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4. Plastic Cup Lorax

Animation of a Dr. Seuss kids' craft
Supplies to create a plastic cup and paper plate craft idea displayed against a flat, white surface.

Supplies 

  • Assorted pom-poms
  • Sunshine Yellow paper lunch plates
  • Royal Blue paper lunch plates
  • Orange plastic cups, 12 oz
  • Caribbean Blue striped paper straws
  • School glue
  • Ice pop sticks
  • Scissors
  • Plastic eyes
Photo showing how to create a plastic cup children's craft

Steps

1. Use an orange plastic cup as a base. Turn the cup upside down and glue on plastic eyes. 

2. Cut a mustache shape out of the yellow paper plate and glue it on. 

3. Glue on a pom to create a nose. 

4. Cut a pom into hairy strips to create bushy eyebrows. 

5. Glue ice pop sticks to the sides of the cup to create outstretched arms. 

6. Glue pom-poms to the ends of striped paper straws. 

7. Channel your inner Lorax and spread a message of conservation! 

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5. One Fish, Two Fish

Animation of a Dr. Seuss kids' craft
Paper plates, scissors, school glue and plastic eyes displayed against a flat, white surface.

Supplies 

  • Royal Blue paper dessert plates
  • White plastic dinner plates
  • White paper dessert plates
  • Red plastic dinner plates
  • School glue
  • Big plastic eye
  • Scissors
Red and Blue paper plate fish children's craft

Steps

1. Cut a triangle shaped slice out of the blue and red paper plates. 

2. Add a single plastic eye to each "fish".

3. Paste the triangle cut-out to the back of the plate to create a fin. 

4. If you like, Use Swedish Fish candies as feeder fish for your blue fish, red fish! 

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6. Goldfish Bowl

Animation of a Dr. Seuss kids' craft
Scissors, glue, goldfish shaped crackers in a bowl, blue paper plate and a green baking cup displayed against a flat, white surface.

Supplies 

  • Caribbean Blue plastic dinner plate
  • Kiwi Green baking cups
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers
  • School glue
  • Scissors
Glue and paper plate with goldfish crackers and baking cup clued onto it displayed against a flat, white surface.

Steps

1. Cut a rounded slice off the side of your blue paper plate. This is now the top of your fish bowl.

2. Fold a green baking cup in half to create the look of an underwater plant. Then glue the baking cup to the bottom of your fishbowl. 

3. Add a few Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers to your plate so they look like they are swimming inside your fishbowl!

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7. Seussilicious Tasty Treat

 Animation of a Dr. Seuss kids' craft
Can of Whipped Cream, Box of blue Jell-o, box of Swedish Fish candies, clear plastic cups displayed against a flat, white surface.

Supplies 

  • 9 oz Clear plastic cups
  • Swedish Fish candy
  • Berry Blue Jell-O
  • Whipped topping in a can
Whipped cream being applied to a clear cup with blue Jell-o inside it and red Swedish Fish candies displayed against a flat, white surface.

Steps

1. Make Berry Blue Jell-0 in 9 oz clear cups.

2. Spray canned whipped topping onto the top of the Jell-O treat.  

3. Garnish with a Swedish Fish candy.

4. Enjoy all the places your taste buds will go! 

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