Printable "Cat in the Hat" templates include striped hat templates, finger puppets and graphic organizers for writing. These templates increase comprehension of the text by allowing children to retell and respond to the story and make text-to-self connections.
Striped hat templates can be colored in or painted and cut out. Students can use the same red and white striped pattern as the Cat in the Hat wears in the story, or they can create their own colorful patterns. The hat template is stapled to a sentence strip and worn around the head like a crown.
Children can use finger puppets to retell the story of the Cat in the Hat. Finger puppet templates are colored in and cut out. The tabs are taped or stapled shut, and the puppets are worn on the children's fingers.
Graphic organizers for writing allow students to respond to the story by connecting events from the book to themselves. For example, students can draw and write about what they would keep in a big, red, wooden box just like the Cat's. Additional templates for writing activities prompt students to come up with ideas for rainy day activities or to decide whether they would tell their mothers about a visit from the Cat in the Hat.