Celebrate the wide and wacky world of Dr. Seuss with some kid-friendly crafts. Recreate the author’s most beloved characters and motifs with a few basic art and household supplies. Then display your kids' creative endeavors in a reading nook, craft room, or bedroom for further inspiration.
Here are 15 kid-friendly, Dr. Seuss-inspired crafts.
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Thing 1 and Thing 2 Handprint Painting
Let the kids get a little messy with this simple handprint artwork tutorial. Use your kids' painted handprints to capture the chaos of Thing 1 and Thing 2, and add details with marker. Encourage kids to add their own Seuss-inspired backgrounds for their characters.
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Tissue Paper Truffula Trees
Capture the colorful, fluffy truffula trees of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax with bits of tissue paper and cardstock. You can substitute the painted craft sticks for striped paper straws if you’re short on time (or don’t want to clean up after a potentially messy painting session). These trees also can make the perfect background for a larger Seuss craft project.
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'One Fish, Two Fish' Paper Plate Craft
Paper plates are an ideal simple base for this quick kids’ craft. Paint or marker works to color your paper plate fish. And this project can double as a fun counting and color-naming lesson for little ones too. Create a whole school of rainbow-hued fish to count.
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The Lorax Wall Hanging
Zoom in on the little creature who “speaks for the trees” with this adorable wall hanging. Some parts of this craft might be a bit difficult for young children. But little ones can definitely help when placing the Lorax's simple felt facial features.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Fox in Socks Handprint Art
Use kids’ handprints once again to create a fox in socks that will trot along across a blank canvas or piece of cardstock. Kids can enjoy adding Seuss-like details in the background. Hang the artwork in the laundry room as a cute reminder to match your socks.
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Thing 1 and Thing 2 Flower Pots
Have you been meaning to clear a few neglected houseplants from their terra cotta pots? Consider this cute craft your incentive. A fuzzy faux feather boa works perfectly for the Things’ bright blue hair, and kids will love slathering the pots in bright paint. The finished flower pots look lovely nestled with books on a bookshelf.
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Cotton Ball Truffula Trees
Nothing captures the fluff of the truffula trees better than a standard cotton ball, so round up a bunch for this clever project. This tutorial uses watercolor paint to color each treetop, but you can try sidewalk chalk for a more pastel (and potentially less messy) experience. These truffula trees work great as cake toppers for a Seuss-themed kids' birthday.
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Yarn-Wrapped Cat in the Hat Hat
Recreate the iconic Dr. Seuss red-and-white striped hat with a recycled cardboard tube and a few lengths of yarn. This craft is absolutely wearable too if you want to dress like the Cat in the Hat. Simply glue the hat to a headband or length of elastic that fits the wearer's head.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Paper Plate Grinch
Another quick and easy option for a kids’ craft, this paper plate Grinch is a fun holiday decoration. Encourage kids to create their own sneering Grinch. Then, settle in for a reading of Dr. Seuss’ original story or for a screening of one of the Grinch movies.
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The Lorax Cupcake Liner
Dr. Seuss’ original characters are wonderful for many reasons, and one is definitely that they’re relatively easy to recreate. Using simple shapes (and kitchen supplies), construct the Lorax guarding his truffula trees. Kids can draw a Seuss-inspired colorful background for their little scene, too.
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Green Eggs and Ham Chocolate Lollipops
There’s not much better than a simple, kid-friendly activity that also doubles as an edible treat. Cue these green eggs and ham pops. These simple lollipops are made of just melted chocolate, so they’re easy to create. To up the ante a bit, use sprinkles and colorful paper straws.
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Cat in the Hat T-Shirt
This super simple DIY works as a last-minute Halloween costume or a festive Dr. Seuss Day outfit. No sewing is required for this Cat in the Hat T-shirt, but leave the hot-gluing to the adults. Finish the look with a pair of red-and-white-striped knee socks.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Thing 1 and Thing 2 Corner Bookmark
Create a clever bookmark inspired by the beloved Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss’ "Cat in the Hat." This craft is quick and simple, so encourage little ones to make a few bookmarks for their favorite stories. They can even try the same bookmark design with other Seuss characters.
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Styrofoam Cup Horton
Use a styrofoam cup to make the base of the beloved Horton character, and then paint on his expressive features. Encourage kids to find (or create) something to represent Horton’s speck to add to his trunk. After all, a good Dr. Seuss craft should utilize a bit of imagination.
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Cupcake Liner Cat in the Hat
Circles can be tricky for young crafters, so supply them with premade ones in the form of cupcake liners. Use a couple cupcake liners for this artwork of the Cat in the Hat, and encourage kids to add their own design riff on the famous character. Try changing up the colors of his iconic hat or giving him different facial expressions.