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Cat in the Hat: Follow the Pasta Path

What's The Point

Helping your child recognize shapes and how they relate to one another by flipping and rotating them is key to developing the spatial reasoning skills necessary for doing geometry later on. Your child uses these skills everyday – for example, when she determines if a shoe goes on the left or right foot and then positions it so it goes on correctly.

Related Game:
Meerkat Jubilee – Help the Cat in the Hat tunnel deep underground to deliver invitations for the annual Meerkat Jubilee.

This Activity Will Help Your Child

  • Learn spatial reasoning skills

Book Suggestions

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
    by Michael Rosen
  • Rosie’s Walk
    by Pat Hutchins

Supplies

How Do I Do It?

  1. Oh dear! The Cat has become separated from his friends Thing One and Thing Two. Ask your child to help them get back together.
  2. Print out the picture of the Cat separated from Thing One and Thing Two
  3. Use a marker or crayon to draw a loose, curvy line between the Cat in one corner and his friends in the other. The wavy line should be done in a way that your child can easily follow it with pieces of pasta.
  4. Give your child a handful of dried rigatoni pasta and ask her to line the pieces up end-to-end so they follow the curvy path you drew. Before she puts down each piece, tell her to look carefully at the path and decide if she needs a straight piece, a piece that curves right, or a piece that curves left.
  5. When she finishes building the pasta path, praise her and say, “Great job! Now the Cat can follow your pasta path get back together with Thing One and Thing Two!”

Take It Further

Make a pasta face. Create a circle out of the pasta pieces, and then use other pieces for the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. Ask your child if her pasta person is happy or sad.