We love so many of Dr. Seuss’ books but The Cat In The Hat is one of our all-time favorites. From the unpredictable cat to the wise fish, this classic book if full of learning opportunities. Many children can recognize the cat’s hat even when it’s not on the character’s head, so we used that iconic symbol to create The Cat’s Hat Pattern Activity. Children will use the red and white stripes on the cat’s hat to create different patterns during this fun book-inspired center.
The Cat’s Hat Pattern Activity:
The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
Craft Sticks (1 jumbo craft stick and 12 or more regular craft sticks)
- Paint half of the craft sticks red and the other half white.
Hint: Store the sticks in a pencil box or pouch for a quick and easy center if you are a classroom teachers or busy bag to take on-the-go if you are a parent.
How To Play:
Read The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss and look at all of the illustrations. Talk about what the cat is wearing and ask your students to describe the cat’s hat.
During centers, have your students place the jumbo craft stick on the table and use the other red and white craft sticks to create an ABAB pattern like the cat’s hat.
Extend the Learning:
You can use this activity to differentiate and challenge your students by asking them to create additional patterns like ABBABB or red, white, white or AABAAB or red, red, white.
Since you are talking about patterns in this activity, you can also look back through the story and find rhyming words. Then, have your students identify the patterns in the rhyming words.
The Cat’s Hat Pattern Activity could be used as a fun, hands-on center in a early elementary classroom, childcare center, or homeschool.