11 Creative Dr. Seuss Crafts Ignite Imaginations Making Learning to Read So Much Fun

Dr. Seuss crafts bring literary characters to life. Creating arts and crafts projects with preschool and elementary school-aged children strengthens and builds their love for reading. Making Dr. Seuss crafts forms a hands-on connection for children with the characters like the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, or Sam I am. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss.

11 Creative Dr. Seuss Crafts Ignite Imaginations Making Learning To Read So Much Fun

Then again, sometimes making Dr. Seuss crafts is about being silly, and embracing the moment. Arts and crafts for children and with children can be about exploring imagination while bringing characters and settings to life from story books. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” – Dr. Seuss

Have Fun Making Cat in the Hat and Lorax Dr. Seuss Crafts

Of course, everyone has a favorite Dr. Seuss book. The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax are at the top of the favorites list for many. The clever, flow of repetition captures children’s attention when the Cat in the Hat is read out loud, which helps build a love of the written word even before a child can read. The Lorax keeps older elementary students engaged as they learn to protect and care for the environment.  

The Cat in the Hat Paper Roll Cat is an adorable, quick craft. Stef from Non-Toy Gifts offers a simple tutorial to make the inexpensive craft from a toilet paper roll, some construction paper, googly eyes, and glue. It’s as simple as that to make the Cat in the Hat.

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Of course, when bringing the Cat in the Hat to life, you must take the good with the strife from Thing 1 and Thing 2. The template for the Thing 1 and Thing 2 Windsocks made from tin cans, paint, and blue streamers will surely make everyone smile. Windsocks are great to make because it’s not a popular project your kiddos will already have done in school. Hang the windsocks in a window or decorate for a Dr. Seuss-themed party.

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Hand-print crafts of any kind always are treasured as you preserve your little’s tiny handprint frozen in time for a moment in paint. Kids love creating the Thing 1 and Thing 2 Handprint Art because they can get messy! Sarah from Must Have Mom explains on her blog how to first paint your child’s hand teal and white, and then red.

It’s so cute if you have two children to create a canvas with the firstborn making the Thing 1 Handprint Art and your second child making the Thing 2 Handprint Art (If you have more than two kiddos just keep doing your “thing” creating a beautiful collage of your children’s handprint works of art labeling them Thing 3, Thing 4, etc…!). This will be a Dr. Seuss craft to treasure forever!

The Lorax shares lessons about the environment and standing up for what is right. A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean,” says the Lorax. In addition, the book is filled with the fabulous Truffula trees. Dr. Seuss crafts inspired by The Lorax can be a bridge to a variety of discussions from literature, art, the environment, and doing what is right even when no one else agrees.

Quilled Paper Truffula Trees are the perfect Dr. Seuss craft for all ages. Even your middle school and high school-aged children will enjoy the art of quilling with their younger siblings. It is so relaxing and rewarding to roll the tiny strips of paper and transform them into beautiful artwork on paper or canvas. Shruti Acharya from Artsy Craftsy Mom walks you through a tutorial on how to make Quilled Paper Truffula Trees with pipe-cleaner stems so that your family “can speak for the trees.”

11 Creative Dr. Seuss Crafts Ignite Imaginations Making Learning To Read So Much Fun
Lorax Moustache Mug

A Lorax Moustache Mug is a unique Dr. Seuss craft that makes a great gift for Father’s Day or for Teacher Appreciation Week. RedTedArt features a template for a mustache that you trace and paint/color on a mug making it the unique Lorax-yellow color. The whimsical mug is fun for coffee, hot cocoa, soups, or even a pencil caddy.

Dr. Seuss Crafts Celebrate Characters from Many Books

11 Creative Dr. Seuss Crafts Ignite Imaginations Making Learning To Read So Much Fun
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Dr. Seuss crafts can be created around any of the 45 books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss: The Sneetches, Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, Horton Hears a Who!, Hop on Pop, etc… What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Is it the same as your child’s?

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The Styrofoam Cup Horton made from foam cups, paint, pipe cleaners, pop poms, and googly eyes will be an adorable centerpiece for a Dr. Seuss celebration. Jackie from I Heart Arts N Crafts walks you through how to make this easy craft on her blog. Children whose favorite animals are elephants will love this craft, too.

For young readers who love to rhyme with Dr. Seuss, “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” is the best. “All those NUPBOARDS in the CUPBOARDS they’re good fun to have about. But that NOOTH GUSH on my TOOTH BRUSH… Him I could do without.” The Wocket in My Pocket Craft by 30-Minute Crafts brings the cover of the hilarious book to life. Carolina from 30-Minute Crafts will help you create the Wocket and tuck him in an actual jean pocket! So fun! Your kiddos will love this Dr. Seuss craft.

One Fish Two Fish Crafts by Amanda from Big Family Blessings are easy Dr. Seuss crafts for toddlers. Brightly colored fish with googley eyes swim across an ocean of blue on a paper plate aquarium. It’s so fun for families to bring the funny fish to life from Dr. Seuss’ One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish book.

Edible Dr. Seuss Crafts Make Snacktime Fun!

Edible Dr. Seuss crafts make snack time amazing. Made to Be a Momma‘s recipe for Cat in the Hat Cookies is so simple, yet so fun. Read the Cat in the Hat or watch a few episodes of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That while munching on the Oreo, banana, and strawberry hat cookies! Slice and stack. Make one or two sample hats and then let the kiddos build the treat themselves.

Red Fish Blue Fish Jell-O Cups bring the beloved book front and center for dessert. Nicole Hood shares her recipe for this easy, delicious dessert at For the Love of Food. Candied Swedish Fish are the stars of the show jumping and swimming in the pool of blue Jell-O.

Of course, Green Eggs and Ham beg to be made, but your little one might not like the looks of green scrambled eggs next to their pancakes! But, if you make Avocado Deviled Eggs with a side of ham, you will be the hit of lunchtime. The scrumptious Dr. Seuss appetizer recipe can be found at Easy Family Recipe Ideas.


Dr. Seuss crafts bring barrels of laughs as you bring characters to life in the form of art and snacks. Dr. Seuss arts and crafts encourage young readers’ love for the written word. When you bring literature and art into the kitchen to create Dr. Seuss-themed treats, imaginations grow three sizes in one day! “Think left and think right, think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think if you only try.” – Dr. Seuss

Source: 30-Minute Crafts, Artsy Craftsy Mom, Big Family Blessings, Easy Family Recipe Ideas, For the Love of Food, I Heart Arts and Crafts, Made to Be a Momma, Must Have Mom, Non-Toy Gifts, and RedTedArt.

Photo Credits: Pexels, Unsplash, and Pixabay.

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Carla J. Eskew
Carla J. Eskew
Carla J. Eskew is a freelance writer, wife, and mom of two children who are nine years apart. She is a Scout leader with 17 years of experience in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She serves as a volunteer at school, church, and with the homeless population. She loves road trips, sightseeing, camping, Pilates, and her black standard poodle, Midnight Shadow.

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