Cat in the Hat Party Games

by Tracey Bleakley
Games are a fun way to keep guests busy at a children's birthday party.

Games are a fun way to keep guests busy at a children's birthday party.

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If you are planning a birthday party that is inspired by Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat, " you have probably already chosen decorations, food and party favors. Now it's time to start thinking about what the children will do during the party. Consider planning a few party games with a "Cat in the Hat " theme to keep your young guests entertained during the celebration.

Pin the Hat on the Cat

Play Pin the Tail on the Donkey with a twist. Before the party hang a large picture of the Cat in the Hat on a wall and make a red and white striped paper hat for each child. To play the game, blindfold each child, spin him around and give him a hat with double-sided tape on the back to try to place on the cat's head. When all of the children have had a turn, the winner is the one who gets the hat closest.

The Cat Says

Instead of Simon Says, play The Cat Says. Choose one child to be the Cat and give instructions to the other children. If you have a red-and-white-striped hat like the Cat In the Hat's, let the leader wear it. When the Cat says to do something like jump up and down or put your hands on your head, the children have to do it or they are out. If he doesn't start with "The Cat says," any child who follows the instruction is out.


Here's a game that's sure to get kids laughing at its silliness. Have the children sit in a circle. Whisper a Cat in the Hat-inspired phrase, like "The cat wears a tall, red-and-white-striped hat." in one child's ear. Then that child whispers that phrase (or the phrase she thinks she hears) to the next child. Keep going until each child has whispered to the person next to them and the phrase has made its way around the circle. The last child says what they heard out loud to the group. Chances are it will be quite different from the original phrase.

Hat Toss

To play this game give each child a white paper bag and show him how to roll the top down to make a brim for his hat. Then have the children use red markers or crayon to make red stripes on their hats. When the hats are finished, give each child a few pieces of paper to wad up into balls. Then line hats up on the floor with the hole facing up, and let the children try to toss their balls into them from about 3 feet away. See who can get the most balls in his hat.

Cat in the Hat I Can Do That!

If you don't mind purchasing a game for your party, Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game is a fun one. To play, children choose three activity cards of different colors to make a silly challenge, like taking four giant steps with a (pretend) cake on your head. It's recommended for ages 4 to 8 years and for two to four players. If you are having a larger party, you can just let the children take turns drawing the cards and doing the challenges without playing the whole game.

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