The Cat in the Hat - I Can Do That! Game

This Cat in the Hat game gets young players moving (and reading too).

Cat in the Hat I Can Do That game
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The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That game brings a classic book to life in an active new way. It's not your typical "roll the dice, move your pawn" board game! Instead, it lets players try to recreate the exciting, silly world of Dr. Seuss.

Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game - Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Encourages active play
  • Clever interpretation of beloved book
  • Rules and game play are easy to understand
  • Fun for kids of varying ages to play together (recommended for ages 4-8)
  • Low-tech: No sound effects or batteries

Cons:

  • Lots of pieces to store or keep track of
  • Requires some simple reading (this could be a pro or a con!)

Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game - Review

This game from Wonderforge is based on one of my favorite books to read aloud, The Cat in the Hat. It's a simple premise: Can you, the player, do some of the crazy stuff the Cat in the Hat might do, like balance a boat on your nose or a cake on your knee? While also jumping up and down or doing the limbo?

The game comes with small, sturdy cardboard or plastic game pieces that look just like the illustrations in the book: the cake, the rake, the fish, the gown, and so on. The game also includes activity cards and the "trick-a-ma-stick" foam bar (see photo). The trick-a-ma-stick, which you need to quickly assemble before each game, adds extra challenges to several of the game actions. You may have to go over it, under it, or around it, for example.

My testers and I found the game play easy to grasp (no spending 20 minutes reading the instructions before you play, while the kids spontaneously combust) and fun to play for a 3-, 6-, and 30something-year-old. (It's recommended for ages 4-8, because of the small pieces and the fact that bigger kids/parents won't fit under the trick-a-ma-stick!) Simply turn over three cards and perform the action they describe.

A nice bonus was that my 6-year-old tester got some reading practice by reading the to-dos on the cards for everyone.

One minor caveat: Even though this game doesn't use a board, its box is a little bigger/taller than your typical board game box. Be aware if storage is an issue for you. However, you could probably stash all the parts in a large plastic zipper bag and ditch the box to save space.

Buy this game at Amazon. It is also available in a card-game version (not reviewed).

Disclosure: A review sample was provided by the manufacturer.

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