How to Draw Dr. Seuss Inspired Houses




Whether inspired from Oh, The Places You’ll Go, The Lorax or the buildings in Who-ville, the common thread is fun!

Kids will LOVE creating their Seuss-Inspired line drawings. Using plain paper, a black marker a pair of scissors and a glue stick, this lesson uses the most basic of supplies. If you don’t have colored drawing paper, use construction paper or even colored photocopy paper. The point is, the paper doesn’t have to be thick or heavy weight.

This project looks relatively easy, but older students (grades 6-8) will be able to achieve detailed drawings and an intricate background.


  • Black marker (I like Sharpie markers)
  • Assortment of colored sulphite paper or any other type of colored paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Watch Patty’s Facebook Live tutorial, demonstrating how to teach this lesson to your classroom of students. This video has been edited from the original Facebook tutorial.


Give each child 1 sheet of white paper and 2-4 smaller sheets (6” x 6”) of colored paper. On each colored paper, draw a Seuss-like house. The general guideline is to start at the base and move up.

Dr. Seuss Inspired Houses

The lines don’t have to be straight, but demonstrate how to achieve a smooth curved line. Children have a tendency to draw a very jagged line if given no restraints. While this is fine, it is very difficult to cut out. This can lead to frustration.Dr. Seuss Inspired Houses

To cut out shapes inside the house, fold paper in half and cut a slit in the negative space. Open house and slip scissors through slit to cut out window, etc.

Don’t stop with just one Seuss building, create an entire city of them using different colored paper.

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  • Mary Chaney

    I have watch you segment of guided drawing and put several on my pin page. Trying to put together the different age groups to instruct them next year. Your projects helps tremendously.

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  • Jacky Bertz

    LOVE this so much!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • jgandara1983

    How do I get to the video?

  • V York

    This project will be so fun to add to our Seuss collection. We are studying buildings and landscapes in the coming weeks.

  • Cindy Marshall

    So,could you do this with Grade 2s and 3s? I’m not an art teacher but am looking for connections with other literacy and geometry even.

    • Patty

      I think you could but if you are new to teaching art, I would see if you could try a lesson designed for a younger student. Here’s a lesson I think you’ll enjoy: https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/dr-seuss-day-art-activities/

      • Cindy Marshall

        Thanks so much for the link!

  • Marni

    This is such a cute and simple project for my third graders. We are going to watch the Lorax (original version) then make the Seuss city. Our school is starting our Seuss week off tomorrow. I start off my week with a Masterpiece Monday Art Activity each week…this will be perfect. I enjoyed watching as Patty drew the Seuss houses. I’ve loved DSS for several years. Patty is always updating and sharing her talent.

  • erika

    Thanks for the great resources!

  • Genevieve

    I love this lesson! I think my 4th and 6th graders will too!

  • Florence

    Great to have this resources! Thank you for making teaching art in the classroom something achievable.

  • Becky

    This is great – we are about to begin Dr Seuss week at my school – this is great!!!

  • Kim Harac

    thank you!!

  • Gloria Salazar

    I love it

  • Sharon Britt

    I do a version of this project with middle school and I get some really great results. They draw a Seuss city using the buildings etc. from this lesson. Then they paint or use colored pencil. Some are incredibly detailed. I love it. I always have a Seuss assignment for around his birthday.

  • Linda Dahl

    I used this last year in kindergarten and misplaced the guides for drawing the houses! They were a huge hit!

  • Lisa Curry

    Link to access tab doesn’t work for me on the email or the website?

    • Bethany

      Hi Lisa! The download links are working on our end. You should receive the email directly to your inbox. We’ve recently learned that our downloads aren’t working with the Firefox browser, so I’d suggest using Chrome or Safari instead. Enjoy.

  • Mary Fitzgerald

    I’m unable to access the Seuss Cities project. Could you please help?

  • Lisa Wood

    I clicked to access the free handout, but nothing happens.

    • marni

      Hi Lisa! If you click the download button and add your email address we will send the lesson directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folders to make sure it didn’t end up there. Enjoy!

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