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Easy How to Draw the Cat in the Hat Tutorial Video and Cat in the Hat Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw the Cat in the Hat and a Cat in the Hat Coloring Page. Now students can draw a cat just like the one they recognize from the famous Dr. Seuss book.

A drawing of the Cat in the Hat

A drawing of the cat in the hat, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

Cat in the Hat Tutorial Video

This how to draw the Cat in the Hat tutorial is meant to keep this very famous character looking as familiar as possible, without being too frustrating for young artists to draw. His face is very different from the usual cats students may be use to drawing, but if they follow the nine easy steps shown in the tutorial, they’ll be on their way.

The Cat in the Hat is a children’s book written and illustrated in 1957 by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Mr. Geisel apparently was not a big fan of the trendy Dick and Jane books of the day, and decided to create an alternative. The Cat in the Hat was met with immediate critical and commercial success, and reviewers praised it as an exciting alternative to traditional primers. 

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Cat in the Hat Coloring Page

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Materials for Cat in the Hat Drawing

  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. *Affiliate link. If you take action with this link, I may be compensated in a small way.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables. *Affiliate link.

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Time Lapse drawing of the Cat in the Hat

Step by Step Directions for Cat in the Hat Drawing

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw the Cat in the Hat

  1. Make guidelines. Draw a center oval.

  2. Add the mouth to one side.

  3. Add eyes, nose and hat rim.

  4. Draw the top hat and stripes.

  5. Add ear, brows, and whiskers.

  6. Draw the neck and shoulders.

  7. Add neck curves and a bow.

  8. Erase the extra lines shown.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

Cat in the Hat Coloring Project

Here’s an easy idea to both review some art history, and join the Dr. Seuss festivities that happen in early March. Give students a copy of the empty hat template shown below, and ask them to fill it with the style of their favorite artist. A fun lettering title in all the space on the right leaves lots of room for creativity. Look for the template with a download button below.

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