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Dr. Seuss's Thing

Posted by  ·  March 2, 2009  ·  Last Updated: March 2, 2009

In honor of Dr. Seuss Birthday today  we made some “Thing” pencils.  When I was little I think they were called ‘Worry Pencils.’


Do you remember them and what they were called?  You smooth out the hair and then you quickly roll the pencil between your hands and the hair flairs out.

I thought they would be perfect to go along with the ‘Thing’ in the Dr. Seuss book.


I looked everywhere for blue fur and the best I could do was this scarf from the $$ store. I easily found the white fur at JoAnn’s.


I cut a piece of fur about 2″ X 4″.  When cutting make sure you only cut the back of the fabric, this will allow the fur to remain long. Using a low temp glue gun (so kids can help with supervision) hot glue the fur to the pencil.

thing-pencil-3Roll the fur around the pencil and fasten off at the bottom with a dot of hot glue.  Next add some wiggly eyes and the ‘Thing’ is finished!

thing-pencil-4Roll quickly between your hands to give the ‘Thing’ a wild do!


If you would like a sweet treat to celebrate. Becky H. sent me these pictures of the Cat in the Hat cupcakes.  She said, “I used a mini cupcake for the head, but you could also use a doughnut hole.  The had is a marshmallow glued on with frosting.  The eyes and nose are M&M’s.  The whiskers and hat stripes are just frosting that I tinted and piped on.  The original called for twizler type candy, but I had a hard time getting it to curl around the hat and stay there even with gobs of frosting, so the piping was much easier for me.”

cake-decorating-001Don’t forget to whip up some Oobleck and make a cool Cat in the Hat hat!

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  1. Lisa O'Connor
    Friday, March 31st, 2017
    The are call frustration pencils. My Mom was a Librarian at my elementary school. She would make a ton of these cute pencils each one of the students and give them as prizes when kids would read their books. I'm teaching my son to make them, for his 3rd grade market. =0.)
  2. Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
    THANKS for the super creative and easy last minute idea!!! I posted about my version of your crafts on my blog here:
  3. Monday, March 1st, 2010
    Am writing an entry for http://www.therainbowandsunshineplace.blogspot.com
    and have given you a special mention and link to this wonderful page.
  4. Sunday, February 28th, 2010
    This is so very cute! I'm linking at Dollar Store Crafts.com
  5. Saturday, February 27th, 2010
    Such a cute idea. We need new pencils anyway, so might as well make them into things!! (we have thing 1&2 at our house. We didn't find out what the twins were, so they were thing 1 and thing 2.)
  6. Tricia
    Thursday, February 25th, 2010
    Oh Thank You! My son's birthday is the same day as Dr. Seuss so I needed an idea for treats to send to school. And since they are celebrating Dr. Seuss all week this also ties into the theme! He is in kindergarten so this is my first time doing this kind of thing! The craft and snack looks easy and he is excited to help! Wish us luck!
  7. Thursday, March 5th, 2009
    I love the pencils! My kids are slightly obsessed with Dr. Suess so these will be perfect to make. I think I actually have some fuzzy blue fur and googly eyes in my (much too neglected now) craft closet. Thanks for the great idea!
  8. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
    I wish I had read this sooner! Too cute! My kids and I made Dr. Seuss hat treats, bookmarkers and oobleck for their classes at school. I will be making these next year. Love your ideas. Check out my treats at my blog.
  9. Misty
    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
    I love the cupcake idea. My kindergarter is celebrating Read Across America this week and we have snack on Thursday. I was wanting to make a Dr. Suess themed cupcake and here it is. Can't wait to send them in to school. I think I'll also make some with piped on fish for Red Fish, Blue Fish.
  10. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
    Love it!!
  11. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
    Those are so cute, I will have to remember them for next year. Fun!
  12. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
    Love this cute little pencils! Make great gifts for children. But I will call them hairy ones! Thanks!
  13. Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
    They were definitely called worry pencils!
  14. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    Love the pencils, we did a lot of Dr. Seuss activities too..posted on my blog. I love the treats too!
  15. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    LOVE EM!
  16. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    I remember these too!! I think we did call them worry dolls! What fun!!
  17. Debbie from Illinois
    Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    I really like your blog! I miss my kids being little, I used to love making stuff like this with them but they are 17 and 19 now!
  18. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    OMG! How cute! I have a friend who needs to see those cupcakes! Awesome!
  19. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    I totally love your thing pencils - great idea!
  20. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    Those pencils are great!
  21. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    Too cute! I love Thing 1 and Thing 2 ... so cute, and naughty too!
  22. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    Adorable - especially the blue one!
  23. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    Love it! I remember having pencils like that as a kid - my son would LOVE these!
  24. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    Really cute. I especially like the blue ones.
  25. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    Love the Dr. Seuss stuff. I sent it to my family! Go check my latest entry and then go to her site. I put you as a favorite bc you rock! Hope you are having a great Monday!

  26. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    that is so adorable!! will have to do these next year
  27. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    too much! very very cute! my jk would eat the fuzz...stilly kid!
  28. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    I LOVE your pencils and think I'll whip some up for my children right now! My kids school is having a Dr. Seuss week. Today is Green Eggs and Ham day. They had to wear green for it. This proved to be interesting because it's also PE day for one daughter and her PE shoes are pink! She didn't care, though! Thanks for a quick and easy idea!
  29. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    Wonderful! I remember these, I loved these. I'm going to the craft store today anyway, and some fur will be coming home with me. (I know I've got some eyes somewhere....)