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.
Dr Seuss’ birthday is coming up on March 2nd, and World Book Day coming up on March 3rd this year, so it’s the perfect time for some Dr Seuss crafts!
But Dr Seuss book inspired crafts are great for preschool all year round.
Easy Dr Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 Handprint Craft
Little hands can make their own Dr Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 Handprint craft in just a few simple steps.
There is not very much needed to create this craft, but it doesn’t make it any less adorable!
Materials and Craft Supplies You Will Need
- Non toxic Kid’s craft paint in red, blue, white and black
- Thin tipped paint brush
- A wide paint brush
- A helping HAND!
Grab some Dr. Seuss Board Books too if you need to refresh on some of the popular Dr Seuss stories.
Instructions – How to Make Thing 1 and Thing 2 Handprints Step by Step
The Thing 1 Thing 2 handprint is basically 2 handprints facing in opposite directions.;
One creates the body and one creates 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.
For thing 1’s head and hair, Paint the fingers blue and the palm of the hand white.
Press the painted hand down just at the top of the palm of the red handprint.
Let the paint 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!
Your Thing 1 and Thing 2 Handprints are done!
You could make a pair of these to show both Thing 1 and Thing 2 next to each other.
This is such an easy Dr Seuss craft for preschoolers.
If you would like to print out the step by step, use our create card below for easy printing.
Make your own easy thing 1 and thing 2 handprint craft with the kids.
- Red Kid's craft paint
- Blue Kid's craft pain
- White Kid's craft paint
- Black Kid's craft paint
- Thin tipped paint brush
- Wide paint brush
- Helping hand!
- Paint your child's hand red
- Press onto the paper facing downwards for the body
- Paint your child's hand blue and white
- Press onto the paper facing upwards for the hair
- Allow the paint to dry
- Paint a white circle on the body
- Add details in black - face and thing 1 or thing 2 writing
- You're done!
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Which Book are Thing 1 and Thing 2 From?
The twins thing 1 and Thing 2 are from The Cat in the Hat, one of Dr Seuss’ most famous books.
The Cat in the Hat* was first published in 1957
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A dreary day turns into a wild romp when this beloved story introduces readers to the Cat in the Hat and his troublemaking friends, Thing 1 and Thing 2.
A favorite among kids, parents and teachers, this story uses simple words and basic ryhme to encourage and delight beginning readers.
Then he said “That is that.”
And then he was gone
With a tip of his hat.
World Book Day Crafts and Ideas
Looking for more book-inspired ideas? Here are some fun crafts and activities to do with the kids, connected to some of your favorite children books.
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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.