Monday, February 27, 2017

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Interactive Reading - Cat in the Hat with DIY Thing Puppets

Make these adorable - and super easy - DIY Thing Puppets!! We have loved using them for interactive reading with Cat in the Hat! It's an easy way to integrate movement, and child involvement as you read!

I honestly made a set of four of these in less than ten minutes, and we have spent far, far, far more than that playing with them!

You need very few supplies: red felt, blue felt, white fabric, wiggly eyes, a permanent marker, scissors, and a hot glue gun. Optionally, I used a lighter too...see below. :)

You could also use construction paper instead of felt...I just like felt because they last longer...I made owls and pumpkins years ago that we still use!

First, cut your red fabric bodies into squares or rectangles about 2" on each side. 

Glue them into a tunnel body shape:

Fold down the top and glue it:

Now make the head! First cut out a spiky blue head:

Cut out a white face. You can use white felt, but I didn't have any. So, I used a white cotton and burnt the edges so it wouldn't unravel:

Glue the face onto the head! Add wiggly eyes and use a permanent marker for the mouth:

Glue the head onto the body:

That's it! Super easy!!

Now you can use them to act out the Cat in the Hat or let your kiddos use them to act out the Thing parts as you read the story. Or just use them to play with!!

I'm sharing this as part of this week's Dr. Seuss theme for the Virtual Book Club!

Since there are somany amazing Dr. Seuss books available, everyone is choosing one of their own to share! We made these puppets to go with the Cat in the Hat:

Amazon affiliate link:

I also have a HUGE collection of Dr. Seuss activities HERE and science activities inspired by Dr. Seuss books HERE!!

AND, you'll want to check out all these fun Dr. Seuss activities from this week's co-hosts too:

Green Eggs and Ham Letter Practice from Still Playing School

Alphabet Puzzles from Sea of Knowledge

Dr. Seuss Sensory Play with Kinetic Sand from The Educators’ Spin On It

Lorax Cause and Effect Matching Game from Inspiration Laboratories

Happy Educating,

Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!

I may share at any of these parties!

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Growing Book by Book said...

Oh my goodness, these are super cute!