Dr. Seuss’ iconic Cat in the Hat has been rhyming his way in and out of mischief for years now, and has taken on a number of different forms since he first debuted in 1957, including a lifelike rendition in the live-action movie starring Mike Myers a few years ago. These days, the Cat in the Hat can most commonly be seen (outside of your local library or bookshelf) on a PBS kids’ television show, but of course kids can also interact with him online with some free Cat in the Hat games.
There are a couple places we recommend to play free Cat in the Hat games and activities online. One has games and activities based on the book, and others are based on the current television series.
Kidzui makes it easy to find and play all these free Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss activities with their free, kid-safe web browser and Zui.com search engine. By simply typing “Cat in the Hat” in the Kidzui search box, you’ll be able to visit sites with games based on the PBS Kids television show as well as games based directly off the Dr. Seuss classic. Just make sure to look for the selections that contain either “Seussville” or “PBS Kids” in order to get there.
For games based on the PBS Series “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That,” there’s the PBS Kids site. Here you can find six different games which focus on learning more about animals and the environment, similar to the themes of the PBS show.
The Cat in the Hat: Migration Adventure
Use the mouse to fly the thingamajigger through cloud rings, around storm clouds and to various resting spots as kids travel with a flock of birds to help find their missing friend Melvin. As kids fly farther, the weather gets warmer and the birds can find more food and water to give them energy.
The Cat in the Hat: Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Play hide and seek to help find animals who use camouflage to hide. Find geckos in the jungle, butterflies in a flower fields and fish in the ocean.
The Cat in the Hat: The Great Nocturnal Hat Hunt
With the help of nocturnal animals, kids can find the Cat’s hat in a nighttime scene. Use owl goggles to look around like an owl. Use bat ears to “listen” for the hat. As kids play, they’ll learn about different characteristics of nocturnal animals.
The Cat in the Hat: Such Great Heights
Use the mouse and keyboard to help climb a tree to find the mischievous monkey that stole the Cat’s Hat. Kids will climb as different animals such as snakes, tree frogs and even a swing like a monkey.
The Cat in the Hat: Thing 1 and Thing 2’s Weather Transformer
This sticker book game lets kids place objects and characters into the backyard scene, and then change the weather by selecting snow, rain, wind or more. After they’re done, they can even pretend to take a picture of their backyard scene.
The Cat in the Hat: Flower Finder
This elimination game has children helping animals choose the correct flowers for their needs by narrowing down the choices based on the clue. Kids will help bumblebees pollinate flowers, butterflies choose flowers which have big leaves and strong stems which are great for laying their eggs on or help bats find nectar from flowers that are open at night.
For an experience based more off the familiar Cat in the Hat book, make sure to check out Seussville.com, where you can find Cat in the Hat games alongside activities from other Dr. Seuss favorites such as Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, Lorax, Oh the Places You’ll Go, How the Grinch Saved Christmas, Green Eggs & Ham and Horton Hears a Who.
The Cat in the Hat Cleans This and That
Move the super clean upper around the house to clean up the messes made by Thing 1 and Thing 2. Along the way, kids can vacuum up rhyming words in order to speed up. This game does require a tricky use of keyboard buttons and combinations in order to not only maneuver to each mess but to switch to the right tool to clean it up.
Other Activities at Seussville.com
At Seussville, you can also find a number of printable activities and coloring pages, too. With more than 100 options, there’s actually quite an extensive selection of fun “real-world” activities to complement the online games.
We think there’s a great variety of Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss games available via the KidZui browser, but they also expose a number of interesting questions about online gameplay for kids? Do you prefer your kids to play online games based on the books or on a TV show (Cat in the Hat offers the opportunity for both)? Also, would you rather your children played the games online, or are you more comfortable printing out activities and having them perform them “in the real world?” We’d love to hear from you!
“Family Game Guy” Johner Riehl is the founder and editorial director of FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com and FamilyFriendlyApps.com, sites dedicated to offering families easy-to-understand information about family-friendly games and apps. He lives in San Diego with his wife Christina and three sons.