This month at our momstown Milton Crafty Kids program, our theme is all about Dr. Seuss. One of his most popular books is The Cat in the Hat, so it only made sense that we pay homage to Dr. Seuss with a craft based on that book. We had our little ones decorate their own Cat in the Hat picture using ribbon, yarn, cotton balls and imitation snow.
We began our program by giving our little ones the opportunity to put together a Cat in the Hat puzzle. Puzzles are a beneficial tool for children’s learning. It helps develop cognitive skills, problem solving, fine motor development, eye hand coordination and self esteem. Overcoming the challenges of solving a puzzle gives a child a great sense of achievement!
For the craft, we made one up an example for our little ones to follow. They were each given their own hat picture and were instructed to emulate the pattern on the hat. Pattern recognition is an important learning skill that will help children to solve problems and learning how things work together. This pattern in this particular case is the colour pattern and following which item comes first.
They began by cutting the hat out (with help from mom and dad), they then glued their pieces of fabric and other items in the order found on the original picture. Our little ones were very proud of the work they created.
Dr. Seuss books are very entertaining but they are especially wonderful for their rhyming schemes. It keeps kids interested because they are fun to listen to and to say. Rhyming is a great teaching tool because they are easy to remember.