At Parkland Players, we have been loving the STEM challenges lately! This week we are sharing a fun Dr Seuss inspired STEM activity. Activities like this one can be good for early in the school year in order for children to build teamwork and social skills and get to know each other a little better. Give it a try!
Dr Seuss STEM Challenge: Stack the Cat’s Hats
Developmental Goal/Activity Objective: To practice cognitive skills associated with problem-solving and planning and fine motor skills.
- Red and white large and small cups
- Construction or computer paper
- “The Cat In The Hat” by Dr Seuss
Procedures/Strategies: (how to present activity and what children will do)
- Read the story “The Cat In The Hat” by Dr Seuss.
- Cut squares of paper appropriate for the size of cup you are using so that the pieces of paper are slightly larger than the circumference of the cup.
- Invite kids to stack the cat’s “hats”. See how tall they can make the stack.
- Challenge them to make other structures as well.
- Kids should work in teams to do this task.
- If you want to make it competitive, add a time constraint and see who can stack the tallest tower in that period of time.