Thing 1 and Thing 2 Puppets

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Since Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up soon (March 2), I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a few crafts and activities.

The Cat in the Hat is one of our favorites. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we’ve read that book!

So, using that book as our inspiration, we made these fun Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft stick puppets.

Make Thing 1 and Thing 2 Puppets inspired by Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

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Supplies Needed:

Jumbo craft sticks
Red paint (or red marker)
Blue & white craft foam
Black marker (we used a Sharpie)


We began by painting our puppet’s clothes.The girls painted about 2/3 of their craft sticks red, leaving the top 1/3 for the faces.

The girls then used the black Sharpies to draw their faces.


Using our sticks to help with the size, we drew our hair onto the blue craft foam.We also used a penny to trace our circles for our shirt labels.


After we cut out the hair and circles, the girls glued them to their puppets.Then came the agonizing wait for the glue to dry before we could play.

The wait is always agonizing for the girls! Is it the same for your kids?

Thing 1 and Thing 2 have been having fun all over the house now and we’ve been having a blast with them!

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?


You can find more Dr. Seuss ideas here: 10 Ways to Have Fun with Dr. Seuss

Find more book inspired fun here: 

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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