Is it too cold to play outside today? Do you like to cut, glue and scribble away? We’d like to think this might be a little diddy Dr. Suess might say! In honor of the author’s birthday we’ve dug deep in our hats and pulled out the most awesome ways to make that loveable (but oh so troublesome!) rainy day visitor. Scroll down to see five different and easy ideas for crafting the Cat in the Hat.

catinthehathat_kimberlynightowl_drseuss_national_redtricyclephoto: Kimberly via A Night Owl

1. Paper Plate Cat Hats
Parents, you’ll love watching your kids prance and dance like that mischievous feline. Mama Kimberly of A Night Owl offers up an easy way to explore The Cat in the Hat with (what else?) mile-high cat hats. Paper plates, red and white paint, glue and eager Seuss fans are all you’ll need, as well as the complete tutorial over at A Night Owl.

catinthehatpuppet_wendypiersoll_drseuss_national_redtricyclephoto: Wendy Piersall via Woo Jr.

2. Cat in the Hat Puppet
Grab your red, white and black pipe cleaners, googly eyes and glue–hot glue works best but Elmer’s will do the trick–and get to creating a Cat puppet. It’s the perfect prop for re-creating that rainy day tome. Got a few extra minutes? Hope over to Woo Jr, where blogger mama Wendy overs up the how-to for not only the Cat in the Hat but his partners in crime, Thing 1 and 2.

catinthehatpencilcup_victoriaobseussed_drseuss_national_redtricyclephoto: Vic Saley via Obseussed

3. Cat in the Hat Pencil Cup
Vic Saley is Obseussed, as you can clearly see with a quick click over to her blog. We are obsessed with her adorable Cat in the Hat pencil cans. A Seuss worthy project, it’s also a great way to reuse old cans—the Lorax would approve! Have the kids color the cat’s hat, then work with other materials including felt, glue and marke pens. For the whole she-bang, hop over to Obseussed.

footprintcatinthehat_sherbees_drseuss_national_redtricyclephoto: via The Stuff We Do

4. Cat in the Hat Foot Prints
Footprint art anything is always a hit and we love how blogger/teacher Sherry transformed little toes into a liking of the classic Seuss character. Grab some construction paper, red and green paint, googly eyes and get steppin. For more about how to create this craft, head over to The Stuff We Do.

catinthehatpaperplate_melissacoleman_drseuss_national_redtricycle photo: Melissa Coleman via This Girl’s Life

5. Classic Cat in the Hat
A fine design, oh what a find! We are loving this classic Cat in the Hat paper plate craft (those whiskers!) Melissa Coleman offers up a tutorial using those go-to supplies all kids can use, including markers or paint (pick one!), pipe cleaners, googly eyes, paper and of course, paper plates. We love the extra bowtie added for a little pizzazz. Find out how it’s done over at This Girl’s Life.

What is your favorite way to make The Cat in the Hat? Share with us in the Comments!

–Gabby Cullen