Download a free Cat in the hat drawing guide

Dr. Seuss Day Art Activities




Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day in Deep Space Sparkle style with this easy-to-draw Cat in the Hat. Start with a pencil, eraser, black marker and a white piece of paper and use the following media suggestions to complete the piece:

Download a free Cat in the hat drawing guide

Kindergarten through Second Grade

Give children a white piece of paper (12″ x 18″) and use the free drawing instructions (download below) to draw the cat in the hat. The cat drawing is a bit tricky for Kinders so try this adjustment: follow the instructions by folding the paper, drawing the eyes and adding a nose but draw a large letter U instead of the ¾ view head.

This makes more sense for a Kinder and the next parts (mouth, neck, bow tie and hat) will be easier.

I like to give the children another price of white paper to paint the background. If you have a fairly independent group, allow them to create any type of pattern background they want. Try polka dots, stripes, chevrons, etc.

Take a look at this adaptation of a simpler version of the Dr. Seuss cat made by my friend Kathy and her Kinder students in Santa Barbara.

Kinder draw The Cat in the Hat for Dr. Seuss Day

Third and Fourth Grade

Many second graders and all third and fourth graders are able to draw the ¾ view Cat very well. Have some fun with this lesson by adding different patterns to the hat.

Perhaps your students can decorate the cat’s hat in a style made famous by an artist. Imagine a Van Gogh Starry Night hat or a Romero Britto Pop Art hat. Or maybe try a Georgia O’Keeffe close-up flower or a Matisse inspired organic shapes.

Another option for a background is to paint colorful stripes with a little bling. I have to admit that adding some glitter here and there really is fun for the kids 9and me!).

Download this drawing handout to help your students draw The Cat in the Hat by clicking the red banner below the drawing.

How to draw the Cat in the Hat: free drawing guide from Deep Space Sparkle

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  • Smarty Arty

    This looks like a fun craft activity for my kids! Thanks for sharing.

    • Andreina Martins-Calderon

      my cat has 4 colors white,peache,brown and gray and I love it a lot art is the best!💛🧡💚

  • Cindy S

    I would love to do this with my littles, but the link doesn’t seem to work…am I doing something wrong?

  • Deep Sparkle Fan

    I love learning and trying out projects. Always surprised by student outcomes.

  • Arlinda Crossland

    I love this lesson as an introduction to reading month. The kids really enjoyed being successful with something they were so familiar with…. Keep it coming

  • Janna Pike

    This looks great. Thank you!

  • lkuoppala

    Fantastic, I can’t say enough about how DSS helps me on a daily basis! I am LOVING my first year as ART teacher! Thank you!

    • Patty

      The first year is the hardest an date BEST…we’re glad to be her to help you out!

  • Betty Daniels

    This is a cute craft and I can’t wait to use it in my classroom.

  • Katie P

    I have done this project with my class every year during Read Across America Week. They always come out so well and the kids have a great time. Thanks Patty for such a fun lesson!

    • aleigha

      that is pretty cool

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  • amy

    Love this!

  • Renee Bartos

    Great Ideas !

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