I love the rhyming and learning you can do with Cat in the hat. I’m sure we have at least two copies of the book in the house. It is one that I read a lot when my girls were younger.
For this month’s activity, I thought I would go back to a favorite at our house: gross motor. There are always so many ways you can do gross motor with books. I love changing up how we read the book and what we do.
I always do the gross motor activities with my girls. I love being active and moving around with them. Plus we have a whole lot more fun when everyone is doing the activity.
We talked about what way we were going to do a gross motor with my youngest. She decided that she wanted to do the action words from the book. Those words were: run, jump, hop, bow, kick, sit, and fall. Those are the words that she picked out from the book.
You can do these activities two different ways. You can do them as you read the book or doing them after you read the book. We have fun reading the book and doing the activities.
Run: We did running in place, forward, and backwards. We also did some running in place for a different amount of time. An example would be that we ran in place for 10, 15 or 20 seconds.
Jump: We varied the jumping that we did. We jumped in place, forward, backwards and side to side.
Hop: We did hopping on one leg. We would hop for a number of times and then switch legs and repeat the same number of hops of the other side.
Bow: We did our bows that went to our waists our bowed and touched the floor.
Kick: We did some alternating kicking our legs. We would pick how many kicks we were going to do.
Sit: We would sit and stand a certain amount of time.
Fall: We would do some pretend “falling” to the ground. Then we would stand up and do it again. The activity was fun to see who could do the silliest fall to the ground.
These gross motor activities are easy to do. They work so well with The Cat in the Hat. We did these activities several times and repeated when we read the book again.
This is also something you can do without any equipment and works great for when you are stuck inside during the winter or a rain storm.
Check out all the Cat in the Hat Activities:
- Cat in the hat number lines and sequences by Rainy Day Mum
- The Cat in the Hat Breakfast Hash Browns by Growing Book by Book
- Cat in the Hat Science by Toddler Approved
- Cat in the Hat Center of Gravity Preschool Science by Preschool Powol Packets
- Build the Hat activity by I Can Teach My Child
- Cat in the Hat Name Puzzles by Still Playing School
- Cat In The Hat Fine Motor Hats by The Pleasantest Thing
- Cat in the Hat Shape Activity by Mom Inspired Life
- Sweeping Colors Sorting Activity by Inspiration Laboratories
Be sure to check out more of the Virtual Book Club Books for 2015-2016. See all the books that we have completed already and the activities that we did with them.
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com