With Dr Seuss’ birthday coming up on March 2nd, and World Book Day coming up on March 3rd this year,  it’s the perfect time for some Dr Seuss crafts! My kids love The Cat in the Hat, if yours do too then try this simple Thing 1 and Thing 2 handprint craft inspired by these characters from the book.

Easy Dr Seuss Thing 1 (or) Thing 2 Handprint Craft

Easy handprint Thing 1 and Thing 2. This Dr Seuss craft is great for celebrating Dr Seuss' birthday or if you're looking for book inspired crafts for World Book Day

There is not very much needed to create this craft, but it doesn’t make it any less adorable!


  • Non toxic Kid’s craft paint in red, blue, white and black
  • Thin tipped paint brush
  • A wide paint brush
  • A helping HAND!

materials for thing 1 thing 2 handprints


The Thing 1 Thing 2 handprint is basically 2 handprints. One creates the body and one , the head/hair.
To make these handprints, the easiest thing (no pun intended, ok.. I meant to say that!) to do is paint
the hand red first.

Have the white paper vertically, press the hand down on the piece of white paper. Place the fingertips
at the edge of paper.

making dr seuss thing 1 and thing 2 handprints

For the head/hair – Paint the fingers blue and the palm of the hand white.

making dr seuss thing 1 and thing 2 handprints

Press the hand down just at the top of the palm of the red handprint. Let dry.

Paint a white circle on the palm each handprint.

Paint the words Thing 1 or Thing 2 on the bottom circle and a face on the top circle !

making dr seuss thing 1 and thing 2 handprints

You could make a pair of these to show both Thing 1 and Thing 2 next to each other.

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