Cat in the Hat Bookmarks Craft

Dr. Seuss books are always a big hit with the kiddos and what’s not to like? There are fun characters, silly stories, and rhyming words galore! If your kids love Thing 1 and Thing 2, then this Cat in the Hat bookmarks craft is perfect for your little readers.

Who is Dr. Seuss?

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist most famous for his children’s books. He published over 60 books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. His work includes such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and The Lorax.

For years, his books have been delighting young readers and helping them to learn to read. The Cat in the Hat is one of his most famous books, and it has become a staple in many homes and classrooms.

Dr. Seuss Movies

Many of his most popular books have been made into movies. The Grinch Stole Christmas has even become a holiday tradition in millions of homes. Here are some other Dr. Seuss movies that your family might enjoy:

  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • The Lorax

Dr. Seuss Week

Every year, schools and libraries across the country celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2) by hosting special events and activities. This weeklong celebration is known as Dr. Seuss Week or Read Across America Day.

During this week, people of all ages are encouraged to read books by Dr. Seuss and other authors.

Dr. Seuss Characters

Dr. Seuss’s books are full of fun characters and some of the craziest of these characters causing mayhem wherever they go are Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Thing one and thing two are the twins that the Cat in the Hat releases from the box to introduce to Sally, Conrad, and the fish in the Cat in the Hat.

The Cat in the Hat is the only book written by Dr. Seuss himself that features Thing one and Thing two, but they have so many fans that they do have their own book How Do You Do? by Thing One and Thing Two (as told to the Cat in the Hat) by Christopher Moroney. 

If your kids are fans of the beloved Cat and the Hat story, they’ll love the Thing 1 and Thing 2 book and it goes great with this Dr. Seuss craft!

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat bookmarks sitting on a white painted wood surface

Printable Thing 1 and Thing 2 Bookmarks

This Cat in the Hat craft features thing one and thing two as bookmarks, that the kids can use in all of their favorite Dr. Seuss books!

This preschool craft would be perfect as part of a Dr. Seuss themed classroom unit, or in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. You could also use it as a stand-alone craft or an adorable party favor/activity for a Dr. Seuss themed birthday party. 

How to Make Cat in the Hat Bookmarks

This Cat in the Hat craft for preschoolers comes with a printable that you will use for thing one and thing two’s number from their clothing, as well as some Dr. Seuss quotes that you can choose from to add to your bookmarks.

In addition to the printable, you will need red and white cardstock, googly eyes, and turquoise yarn. The other supplies you will need like scissors, a hole punch, and glue you probably already have on hand. 

  • Yarn, turquoise or lake blue
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Cardstock, white and red
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors 
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Paper trimmer

Gather all your supplies.  Measure and cut a 3” by 2” section of heavy weight cardboard to use as a tassel template. 

blue yarn wrapped around a piece of cardboard on a white wood surface

Next, place a 20” length of yarn across the top of the cardboard, and then wrap the yarn around the cardboard 75-100 times.  

blue yarn wrapped around a piece of cardboard with scissors on a white wood surface

Tie off the top of the tassel, cut the bottom of the tassel and remove from the cardboard.  

blue yarn wrapped and scissors laying on a white wood surface

Measure and cut a 12” length of yarn and tie off a section approximately one-inch from the top to create the tassel.

Use scissors to trim the ends of the tassel.

blue yarn tassels with a glue gun and googly eyes on white wood surface

Rotate tassel so that the fringe end is at the top.  Attach two wiggle eyes to the top edge of the ball section of the tassel with a glue gun and glue sticks.   

red cardstock with a paper cutter on white wood surface

Measure and cut red cardstock into 2 1/4″ by 8” rectangles using a paper trimmer.  

blue yarn tassels with googly eyes and a hole punch on white wood surface

Punch a hole in the top center of the bookmark, thread the yarn ends from the tassel through the hole, and then tie in a bow.  This will attach the Thing head to the Thing body.

blue yarn tassels on a red bookmark with scissors on white wood surface

Download and print the Bookmark Patterns onto white cardstock.  Cut out Thing 1 and Thing 2 emblems with scissors and attach to front of bookmarks with adhesive runner.

To finish, cut out Dr. Seuss quotes with paper trimmer and attach to the back of the bookmarks with adhesive runner.   

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat bookmarks sitting on a white painted wood surface

This Cat in the Hat craft is probably too difficult for preschoolers to do on their own, however, it would be a perfect craft for older children or tweens. You can always have the older kids help the younger kids with their own bookmarks if necessary. 

Younger kids should have no problems with cutting and gluing the printable, but creating the tassel out of the yarn may be a bit more than little hands can handle. If you wanted to use this as a preschool classroom craft you would probably want to cut the cardstock, and prepare the tassels for the heads in advance. 

Not ready to make these Cat in the Hat Bookmarks? Pin them to your Dr. Seuss Pinterest board so you can find them easily when you need them.

These Cat in the Hat bookmarks are absolutely adorable when they are completed, and will encourage children to use them and read more!

Having something that they helped make themselves to mark their place in their favorite Dr. Seuss book, or any other book will have them wanting to come back to it again and again.

How do you plan to use these Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat bookmarks in your classroom or at home with your own preschoolers? 

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