On March 2 the National Education Association will celebrate Read Across America Day. The event coincides with the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourages kids to read through many events, partnerships, and reading resources. If your kids love The Cat in the Hat, they will have fun creating the Wikki Stix Cat in the Hat inspired crafts! Read the book and set out your own Wikki Stix for a day of reading and crafting adventures!
Kids can choose one (or all) of the special Wikki Stix Cat in the Hat crafts below to celebrate Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day!
Cat in the Hat Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids:
- Wooden craft sticks or popsicle sticks – 8 per craft
- Red/White/Black Wikki Stix
- Heavy weight mounting paper (scrapbook paper or heavy construction paper)
- One paper plate (cut out the inner circle) for each cat craft
- Kids should entirely wrap 4 craft sticks with white Wikki Stix and 4 craft sticks with Red Wikki Stix.
- Kids can use black Wikki Stix on the inner circle of a paper plate to create any cat features desired (eyes, ears, whiskers, or a mouth).
- To assemble the cat craft: press one white Wikki Stix wrapped craft stick to the top portion of the paper plate circle. Continue adding the Wikki Stix wrapped craft sticks in alternating red and white colors. Press each of the Wikki Stix covered craft sticks firmly to the mounting paper.
Miniature Cat in the Hat Recycled K-Cup Crafts for Kids:
- One recycled K-cup for each craft (emptied, washed, and dried)
- Red and White Wikki Stix
- Invert the K-Cup so the opening is on the bottom.
- Invite kids to wrap red and white Wikki Stix in an alternating pattern to resemble the cat’s hat. Note: Kids can use as many (or few) of each color Wikki Stix as desired. To make the pattern larger, use more strands of each color of Wikki Stix when wrapping the K-Cup.
- Kids can use red Wikki stix to cover the top of the K-Cup (outline the top of the cup and then fill-I the circle with additional red Wikki Stix – see photo).
Cardboard Tube Cat in the Hat Crafts:
- One empty cardboard tube per craft
- Red and White Wikki Stix
- Using alternating colors of red and white Wikki Stix, wrap the entire cardboard tube to resemble the cat’s hat. Kids can use as many, or few, of each color Wikki Stix when wrapping the tube as desired (more of each color will create a larger red/white pattern). The Wikki Stix will slightly overlap at the back of the cardboard tube, just press the ends of the Wikki Stix together.
- When finished wrapping the cardboard tube, kids can create a brim for the hat with white Wikki Stix. Wrap white Wikki Stix around itself to form a tight pinwheel. Continue adding white Wikki Stix around the initial pinwheel until the shape is larger than the base of the cardboard tube. Press the Wikki Stix covered cardboard tube firmly to the white pinwheel (see photo).
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