Author: Dr. Seuss
One miserable rainy day, two children sat inside their house with nothing to do… until the Cat in the Hat showed up! He very quickly turned their day upside-down and provided them with adventure, mayhem and excitement!
Here are my top Cat In The Hat activities you can do with your child to help support his/her speech & language development:
1. This wonderful story is filled with lots of repetitive positional language e.g. on, in, out, up, down. Print and cut out the picture of the cat in the hat attached below and ask your child to put him on/ in objects in the room or to move him up and down. You can then encourage your child to give you instructions using the picture and the targeted positional vocabulary.
2. This book is a great way to target new verbs with your child. As the cat in the hat and thing one and thing two get up to lots of mischief, they do lots of actions along the way, for example:
When you come across a new action word in the story act it out with your child, labelling it as you do it. Once your child is familiar with the verbs you can give each other instructions e.g. “hop like a frog” “shut the box” “shake your arms”.
3. Due to the number of rhyming words in this story it makes it the perfect opportunity to work on your child’s awareness of rhyming words. When you initially read the book, you can place an emphasis on the rhyming words on each page.
“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all the cold, cold, wet day“
“I will not let you fall, I will hold you up high as I stand on a ball”
On your second and third readings of the story you can point out the rhyming words as you come across them e.g. “Listen. “pot” sounds like “not”. They rhyme. The end of the words sound the same”.
Encourage your child to find the words that rhyme in the story. You can explain to them that you are looking for words that sound the same at the end, but remind them that these words might not be spelt the same.
When your child is consistently able to recognise the rhyming words in the story you can then encourage him or her to come up with their own words. You can say “Can you think of another word that rhymes with lit and bit?”.
4. Due to the number of words containing the /k/ sound in this story, it is the perfect book to read with your child if they are working on this sound at the beginning or end of words. Encourage your child to find words that start or end with the /k/ sound. Don’t put pressure on them to say the words, but model them to him/ her instead.
I hope you enjoy reading the book and carrying out these activities with your child. I’d love to know which activity was your favourite?