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Handprint Thing 1 Printable Craft [Free Template]

With Dr. Seuss’s birthday just around the corner, we’ve created this cute handprint Thing 1 printable craft to celebrate!

It’s an easy, quick, and fun paper craft for kids that works well with preschool, kindergarten, and elementary children.

We’ve included the free printable template for this simple craft, so there are no artistic skills needed to recreate Thing 1’s iconic face!

Take a look at our directions below or watch our short video tutorial to see how simple this card is to make! And don’t forget to check out all of our Dr. Seuss crafts for kids.

Easy Thing 1 Face Craft

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Handprint cards are tons of fun for children because they love seeing their little hands turn into a fun character they recognize, like Thing 1 or Thing 2.

Moms and teachers love them because they’re super simple and cheap to make. There are no crazy materials needed to make them. In fact, you just need colored paper, glue, and scissors!

Not to mention, that the free printable template makes this Dr. Seuss craft easy and quick to make.



Start by downloading the Thing 1 template and printing it out. Once you have the template printed, gather the materials needed for this fun activity. Get those scissors ready, and let’s help the kids bring this Thing 1 template to life!

Hands holding Thing 1 craft template

Grab a piece of blue card stock. Fold it in half like you’re closing a book. This will be the base of our craft.

Hands folding piece of blue paper in half

Now, for the fun part. Have your child place their hand on the folded card stock, with either their pinky or thumb gently touching the fold line. Trace around their hand. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. What makes it truly special is that it’s theirs.

Carefully cut out the handprint you’ve just traced. This step might require a bit more adult supervision, but it’s all part of the fun.

Adult hand tracing child hand on blue paper

Let’s give Thing 1 a face! With the fold line to the left, find the perfect spot for Thing 1’s head right in the center of the handprint. A little bit of glue, a gentle press, and there we have it!

Hands gluing Thing 1 face onto blue handprint

Every character needs a little flair, right? Glue the red collar to the backside of Thing 1’s neck. It’s these small details that make the craft pop.

Hands gluing Thing 1 collar onto handprint Thing 1

And now, for the final touch. Open up your handprint card and, together with your child, decide on a message to write inside.

Hands writing message on inside of Thing 1 craft

We couldn’t love the look of this Thing 1 printable craft any more than we already do!

This activity is perfect for young children. It seems like all kids love Dr. Seuss and what kids don’t like Thing 1 & Thing 2?! Because of the simplicity of this craft, it’s a great classroom activity. We bet they’d look so cool on a bulletin board outside the class. And, it fits in perfectly with Read Across America Day!

Although these directions are for making this into a handprint card, if you simply want it to be a handprint craft, you can do that as well. Instead of tracing your child’s hand along the folded paper, just trace it on a flat piece of paper and cut it out.

If you enjoyed making this with your kids. Don’t forget to check out some of our cool handprint crafts for kids!

Write a sweet note inside and surprise your favorite teacher with one.

Hand holding Thing 1 handprint craft

More Fun Ideas For Kids

Dr. Seuss Ideas For Kids

Dr. Seuss has long been a beloved figure to generations of children, and there are so many great ways to incorporate the goodness of Dr. Seuss into any day.

Whether you’re looking for something educational like reading one of his classic books together or if you’re looking for a more creative activity like making cool crafts based on his stories, we have all sorts of ideas to make this awesome author part of your life.

Two handprint Thing 1 crafts

Dr. Seuss Books For Kids

When it comes to developing our kids’ comprehension skills, there’s no better method than reading to them! Not only will you be introducing them to wonderful stories and characters, but you’ll also be helping with their literacy.

Get your voice out there by imitating the character voices, making sound effects and using funny accents! Kids love it when we can make them laugh!

Check out these fun Dr. Seuss books from the library or buy them from Amazon for your home collection!

Are You My Mother? is a cute book about a little bird who’s trying to find his mom in a big world!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – This book is a classic Dr. Seuss book about the ups and downs of life. It’s such a great read and will soon become your kid’s new favorite book!

Dr. Seuss Second Book Collection– This boxed set of five Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Oh Say Can You Say?, Oh the Thinks You Can Think!, and I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! is a great addition to your home library.

Two handprint Thing 1 crafts

Dr. Seuss Crafts For Kids

It’s amazing how many benefits there are to crafting. Not only does it help with fine motor skills, following directions, and using scissors but also creativity! That’s why we love making kids’ crafts!

Try out one or all of these fun Dr. Seuss crafts today:

Horton Hears A Who Paper Plate Craft – Kids will have fun making this Dr. Seuss day paper plate craft inspired by the lovable, fearless elephant Horton from the classic book “Horton Hears a Who!” This easy and creative project is great for kids of all ages!

Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree Craft – Celebrating Dr. Seuss and his beloved story, The Lorax, is a great way to learn about the importance of protecting our environment and saving our trees!

This fun truffula tree craft is perfect for kids of all ages and will have them dreaming about their own Thneed. Not only is it a great Lorax craft activity, but with the power of imagination, kids can join in to help save the planet from the Once-ler’s destruction!

Dr Seuss craft ideas image collage

Cat in the Hat Craft – It’s Dr. Seuss Day, which means it’s time to celebrate with a Cat in the Hat craft for kids! This simple project lets kids paint, cut, and glue one of their favorite characters from Dr. Seuss’s books. It’s a great craft for kids of all ages!

Fox In Socks Paper Bag Puppet Craft – Looking for a fun and easy craft to keep the kids entertained? This paper bag puppet is perfect! All you need is a few basic supplies and our free template. Plus, it’s based on one of our favorite childhood books, Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. Let the fun begin!

Dr. Seuss Ideas For Kids

These Dr. Seuss color by number printables are perfect for a quick and easy no prep activity! Kids will love practicing their fine motor skills and number recognition with these fun pages.

We have put together the best selection of Dr. Seuss shirts for kids, featuring all the classic characters from Cat in The Hat to Thing 1 and Thing 2! These shirts will be sure to bring out the inner kiddo in your little ones and make them stand out from their classmates.

collage of dr seuss activities for kids

Kids everywhere will have a blast with these free printable Dr. Seuss hats! Not only are they adorable, but they also introduce your children to the beloved characters of The Lorax, Thing 1 & Thing 2, and Horton from Horton Hears A Who.

Wanting to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd in a fun and educational way? These Dr. Seuss preschool printables are perfect for teaching your little ones the alphabet, counting, and more!

With bright colors and familiar characters, they’re the best way to celebrate this special day and encourage learning at the same time.

Two Thing 1 handprint crafts

Share With Us

Did you make this handprint craft with your child or students? We get super excited to see kids making these crafts, so we’d love to see your results!

Take a quick picture and post it on our Facebook page wall or join our private Facebook group and show us there.

Activities For Kids

Hand holding Thing 1 handprint craft

Handprint Thing 1 Printable Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this easy handprint Thing 1 printable craft to celebrate Read Across America Day!


  • Colored card stock
  • White card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Thing 1 Template


  • Scissors
  • Pencil


  1. Download the Thing 1 template, print and cut out the pieces.
  2. Fold a piece of blue card stock in half and place your child's hand on it with the pinky or thumb along the fold line.
  3. Trace your child's hand and cut out the handprint.
  4. Position the handprint with the fold line to the left and place the Thing 1 head in the middle of the handprint. Glue to secure.
  5. Glue the red collar to the backside of Thing 1's neck.
  6. Open the handprint card and write your message inside.

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Wednesday 8th of May 2024

Looks like fun


Wednesday 8th of May 2024

Good, I hope it is!


Wednesday 17th of April 2024

So cute!


Wednesday 17th of April 2024

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Tuesday 5th of March 2024

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Saturday 2nd of March 2024

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Monday 4th of March 2024

Thank you!


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I need the thing 1 template


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