A Week of Dr. Seuss: Cat in the Hat Toss

27 02 2012

I adapted this activity from an idea I saw on Seussville.  The Seussville activity has kids make their own Cat in the Hat hats out of paper bags, and use them as a container for a hat toss.  I decided instead to make a hat out of an old oatmeal container for Trevor.  I figured it would be easier for him to use a stiff container, as opposed to a flimsy bag for a hat toss.

What You Need:

  • Oatmeal container (or other cylindrical container)
  • Red and white construction paper
  • White paper plate
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors

How to Make it:

  1. Glue white construction paper to the outside of the oatmeal container.
  2. Cut strips out of the red construction paper, then glue red strips onto the container to create a striped hat.
  3. Cut the middle of a white paper plate out, then glue and/or tape it to the rim of the container to create the brim of the hat.

Trevor thought this activity was pretty neat.  He loved the hat I made for it.

He decided to carry it around for awhile:

Ready to start the Cat in the Hat Toss:

His motor delays make throwing difficult, so for him this was more of a Cat in the Hat drop, not toss:

Even though he couldn’t throw, he enjoyed dropping and watching the balloons fall:

I decided to up the ante on his dropping skills.  Since we’re working on stairs with him I put the container next to the stairs and helped him climb and then drop:

Helping him climb and drop.  He thought that was really cool:

You can use small balls or beanbags for this Cat in the Hat toss.  I made some homemade balloon balls by putting Moon Dough into balloons.  They’re squishy, yet solid.  It was a nice sensory addition to this activity.

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7 responses

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5 03 2013
Abby G

I’m using this activity with my speech therapy kiddos this week. I wrote about it here: http://slp123.blogspot.com/2013/03/happy-birthday-dr-seuss.html

Thanks for a great idea!

Schoolhouse Talk!

8 03 2013

I’m glad the kids enjoyed it so much!

11 02 2014
Cindy deRosier

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