Friday, March 2, 2012

Easy Dr. Seuss Hats

Dressing up for Dr. Seuss week seems to be a popular activity in preschools and elementary schools around the region :) Today, I made these super simple Cat in the Hat hats with the kids out of construction paper and paper plates. The kids were so excited about wearing them while we read The Cat in the Hat. Big Brother will be making one next week when his class dresses up for their Seussical celebration.

To make these hats, we used:
Red and White construction paper
paper plates
Scissors
Glue
Stapler

To prep for this activity, I took large sheets of red paper and cut them lengthwise into 2 inch strips (no, I didn't actually measure them) and cut the middle circles out of the paper plates. Older children could cut their own red strips.
1. Give each child a large sheet of white construction paper.
2. Show them how to spread their red strips out on the paper to create a red and white stripe effect. Allow the kids to glue their strips of red to the white paper.
3. Once dry roll the paper into a cylinder and slide through the opening in the paper plate. Using the plate to guide how wide to make your cylinder, staple the paper to make a hat shape.
4. Cut 2 inch slits around the bottom of your paper cylinder. Fold them under the rim of the paper plate and staple them to secure your hat as shown.

5. If you plan to have your child wear this throughout the day, you may want to hole punch the sides and tie some yarn beneath their chin to help hold the hat in place.
And there you have a super simple hat to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday :)

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16 comments:

  1. thank you for this Idea. My daughter has to dress up like her favorite character for School. The cat in the hat is her favorite. This is the first site that I found that made sense, had pictures. thank you for that. God bless you!

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  2. Thank you for being so clear in the directions and for the pictures! This is one I can do. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Brandon! I'm going to share this with my husband :) Hope your little one enjoys their Dr. Seuss hat!

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  4. Hope that this is easy enough for the little ones at daycare! :)

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    1. Let us know how it turns out for you! For my daycare kids, I did the stapling and they did the gluing and wearing :)

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  5. Quick question, that looks like extra large red/white construction paper, where did you find it? Michaels, don't think I have seen that at Walmart. Cute idea and super easy, will be great for our Homeschool Preschool Dr. Seuss day.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion Tina. I would rather use what I have too then buying new. I might have some larger scrapbook paper floating around I could use. Thanks for all the great ideas, love your blog and all the ideas you share, very inspiring :)

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  6. Thanks so much ! I'm a teacher and I love your directions for an easy- to- make hat! I made mine by putting white stripes onto a large pieces of red paper, and that turned out really cute, too.

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  7. Loved this. My son's school had a wear a Dr Seuss hat day and my son wanted me to buy him the hat, but I wasn't going to waste money for just that one day. This was the first site I found on how to make one, and both my son and I enjoyed the time making the hat together. Thank you so much.

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  8. We made this today in my Kindergarten class and the students loved it! Thanks for the easy instructions and pictures.

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  9. We made this today in my Kindergarten class and the students loved it! Thanks for the easy instructions and pictures.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Wendi and I'm so glad they liked them! We made them this week, too and my little ones loved them. We added yarn to tie them on and the kids wore them while we read Cat in the Hat. I just love Dr. Seuss week :)

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  10. Do the precut plates fit all of the kids' heads? Thank you!!!

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  11. Hi Danielle,
    I just responded to your email. The plates will fit some kids better than others. When my kids wore them to school, I secured them by adding holes on the side and typing them under their chins with string. I also sent you an alternate idea using the same technique for the stripes on a cardstock hat shape and then attaching it to a construction paper headband. That would allow you to personalize perfectly for each head size. Hope that helps :)

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  12. Thank u!!! I actually ended up doing these myself as a surprise for my kiddos!!! Cant wait to see their faces in the a.m.!!! I know that we will be making more this wknd for her friends...lol

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