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! Easy to do at home and at school. Our Seuss inspired Slime, Art, and LEGO ideas are also easy to set up!
There are so many fun ways to pair your favorite, classic Dr. Seuss books with cool STEM and science activities. Take a look at our suggestions to find a few ideas to try for Dr. Seuss’ birthday this year. Of course, Dr. Seuss is in style all year round!
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 STEM Challenge with just cups and paper?
How tall can you make the cat’s hat?
Take the Dr Seuss STEM challenge and find out!
DR SEUSS STEM CHALLENGE SUPPLIES
- Red and White Large Cups and Small Cups
- Construction/Computer Paper/Index Cards
- The Cat In The Hat Book
- Grab a free STEM Design Process Pack (click here)
DR SEUSS STEM CHALLENGE SET UP
Prep this Cat In The Hat 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!
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Now present the Seuss STEM activity to your kids. 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 and a valuable lesson to learn for later.
What else can you find to stack the cat’s hat?
WHAT’S THE SEUSS SCIENCE 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 gets 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? Measure the height of your “hat”
TAKE THE DR SEUSS STEM CHALLENGE AND STACK THE HAT!
More fun Cat In The Hat Inspired Activities and STEM for all year long! Click on the photos for more information.