Hooray for Dr. Seuss. With Read Across America coming up soon, we took the opportunity to try out this fun and easy Dr Seuss STEM challenge. Inspired by the cat’s hat, I put together a simple STEM activity to stack the cat’s hat! How tall can you make the cat’s hat with just cups and paper. Easy to do at home and school, this Dr Seuss STEM idea is loads of fun. Our Seuss inspired Slime, Art, and LEGO ideas are also easy to set up!
Dr Seuss STEM Challenge: Stack The Cat’s Hat
Turn a classic STEM activity into a Dr Seuss STEM challenge inspired by the book, The Cat In The Hat. Everyone knows about the cat’s hat! Can you stack the cat’s hat with just cups and paper? How tall can you make the cat’s hat. Take the Dr Seuss STEM challenge and find out!
Prep this Dr Seuss STEM activity by cutting squares of paper appropriate to the size of the cups you will be using. We used two very different size cups, so I cut two different size squares of paper in red and white. Set out the stack of cups and the paper squares. Invite your kids to stack the cat’s hat! make sure to read the book too! Dr Seuss STEM and literacy in one easy and fun activity!
I presented this Dr Seuss STEM challenge to my son. At first he just tried to stack the cups in various ways, but nothing really worked out all for him. I suggested he test out the other supply that was set out for the activity, the paper. After a few tries, he got it. This is fun for multiple ages! Try not to jump in too quickly with the solution. Trial and error is a wonderful learning experience for young kids.
GRAVITY AND STABILITY
Why do we use the paper squares for this Dr Seuss STEM challenge? The paper squares create a stable base to help disperse the weight of the cups. To some extent gravity helps to keep the tower up if the weight is properly distributed! What happens when it get’s top heavy? Gravity can also make the tower topple over. We got to see both in action quite a few times.
Are the bigger cups easier than the smaller cups? Can you build a tower with just cups?