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
How to Make it:
- Glue white construction paper to the outside of the oatmeal container.
- Cut strips out of the red construction paper, then glue red strips onto the container to create a striped hat.
- 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.