Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat Family Activity Guide

          February 15th, 2017

          Welcome!  We are thrilled that you have decided to bring your family to Carousel Theatre for Young People!  We hope the activities and resources on this page will be helpful to you before and after your adventure to the theatre. 


          Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

          Nicol Spinola, Allan Zinyk, Mack Gordon and Kayla Dunbar in Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2013). Photo by Tim Matheson.


          Suggested Books for Further Reading

          (Kindly Supplied by the Children’s Library of the Vancouver Public Library)

          Dr. Seuss and Beyond! Have you read The Cat in the Hat? Wonder what can follow that? When you need more to read, you can take a look at these favourites!

          More from Dr. Seuss

          The Cat in the Hat Comes Back / Dr. Seuss
          When Sally and her brother are left at home on a snow day, the cat returns to cause more mischief and mayhem.

          Green Eggs and Ham / Dr. Seuss
          A classic Seuss tale featuring Sam-I-Am and his reluctant companion who refuses to try green eggs and ham.

          Hop on Pop / Dr. Seuss
          Silly rhymes and catchy repetition make this, “the simplest Seuss for youngest use.”

          Oh, the Places You’ll Go! / Dr. Seuss
          Dr. Seuss shows readers of all ages that life is full of amazing adventures.

          One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish / Dr. Seuss
          Rhyming stories about fish and unusual animals such as the Nook, Wimp, and Zeds.

          The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins / Dr. Seuss
          Most people wear just one hat on their head at a time, but not Bartholomew Cubbins – a wacky read for children 4-9 years old.

          More Whimsy & Mayhem

          If You Give a Mouse a Cookie / Laura J. Numeroff
          A clever little mouse stops by to ask for a cookie but his visit quickly gets out of control.

          Jonathan Cleaned Up – Then He Heard A Sound, Or, Blackberry Subway Jam / Robert Munsch
          In this hilarious story, Jonathan must find a way to keep his apartment clean when it becomes an unexpected stop for the subway.

          Mouse Mess / Linnea Asplind Riley
          A hungry mouse looking for a midnight snack makes a real mess of a house!

          Where the Wild Things Are / Maurice Sendak
          When Max is sent to his room without supper, he visits the land of Wild Things only to learn that being wild may not be what he wanted after all.

          More Mischievous Cats

          Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray: the uproar at the front door/ Nick Bruel
          Kitty’s owners are taking a week off and leaving Uncle Murray in charge. It isn’t long before the shenanigans begin – a hilarious beginning chapter book. 

          Garfield. Volume 1 / Mark Evanier
          This is the first graphic novel in a new series about this famously lazy and wise-cracking orange cat and his friends.  It is full of laughs and fun.

           When Cats Go Wrong / Norm Hacking
          A boy finds a stray cat and begs his mother to let him keep it. She agrees, but warns that if the cat causes any trouble, out it’ll go. Chaos soon ensues; can they get the house cleaned up before mother gets home?  CD included.

          Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons / Eric Litwin
          This very groovy cat with a very groovy tune is back with a new story about the four groovy buttons on his snazzy shirt.

          Chester / Mélanie Watt
          Chester is a cat with an attitude and a red pen. He uses that pen to rewrite the mouse story that his author Mélanie Watt is working on.

          Prepared by the Children’s Library, Vancouver Public Library, 2016

          Fun in a Box

          Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

          Mack Gordon and Amanda Testini in Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2013). Photo by Tim Matheson.

          The story takes place on a “cold, cold wet day” when it is “too wet to play” so Sally and the Boy “sat in the house” and “did nothing at all.” To keep Sally, the Boy, and the Fish entertained, The Cat in the Hat brings in a huge red box containing a game he calls “Fun in a Box.” The Cat’s box contains Thing One and Thing Two. Kids in Vancouver are no strangers to wet weather! Why not make your own red box with things that are fun to play with on a rainy day.

          What You Need:
          Cardboard boxes (such as cereal boxes or shoe boxes)
          Red paper or paint
          Drawing paper
          Markers or crayons

          1. First, turn your box red. Use paint or cover the box with glued-on red paper. Let dry.
          2. What are some things that are fun to play with or do on a rainy day? Find some small amusements that you can keep in your box. Or, if the fun won’t fit in the box, draw pictures of your ideas as a reminder.
          3. Cut out the pictures and put them in the box with the toys and games. Encourage kids to look in their box when it’s a rainy day and they need an idea for something fun to do!


          Up In the Air

          Our version of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat is filled with movement, physical comedy, and magic. With this activity, you can get active, too, and learn the basics of juggling.

          What You Need:

          Lightweight scarves for each person. You could also use beanbags or even plastic grocery bags.

          1. Start with one scarf. Hold the scarf by the end, pull it up into the air, and let go. Grab it to catch. Next try clapping hands while the scarf is in the air before catching it. How many times can you clap while the scarf is in the air? Once you’ve mastered this, try catching the scarf with one hand. Next, practice throwing the scarf up in the arc of a rainbow from one hand to the other. Now throw it back to the other hand.
          2. Now it’s time to add a second scarf! Start by throwing each scarf into the air, one after the other and letting them fall to the ground, then try to catch each one in the throwing hand. Then, try tossing one scarf into the air, passing the other scarf across to the throwing hand, and then catching the original scarf in the second hand, making the scarves move in a circle. When you’re ready, move to the next step of throwing the scarves in an X shape by practicing tossing the scarves across the body and try to catch them with the opposite hand of the throwing hand.
          Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

          The company of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2013). Photo by Tim Matheson.

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