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Arts & Crafts

Halloween Candy Cats

black film container
cord for necklace
black and pink craft foam
black pipe cleaners (1 cut in 6 even pieces)
wiggle eyes
pink pom pom
jelly beans

Punch hole in bottom of film container, thread through container bottom and cut cord long enough to string around your neck. Tie off string and hot glue inside container. Cut black ears with pink insides out of craft foam. Hot glue 2 wiggle eyes to film container, pink pom-pom for nose and 3 black pipe cleaners on each side of the nose. Shape tail out of black pipe cleaner and hot glue to back of container. Fill with jelly beans --- Eat and wear!

Difficult for little ones to make, but you could use these as a favor for a halloween party!

~Submitted by Cindy in MD

Sock Puppet Cats

Make sock puppet cats using felt for ears and quilting or heavy thread for whiskers. Use marker pens for eyes and any other decorations.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat Collage

Have children make a cat collage from pictures cut from a magazine.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Using faux fur from a craft/fabric store have children/adult cut out cat shapes, children can glue on button eyes and have a pet of their own. Use yarn and a piece of fancy paper to make a license/nametag. Write out adoption papers with child's name, cat's name and date of adoption.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat Costumes

Cut construction paper into strips and a variety of triangular and circular shapes. Invite each child to glue two ear shapes to a strip to make an ear headband. Carefully staple the finished headbands around each child's head. Help children use washable markers or eyebrow pencils to draw whiskers on their faces. Use safety pins to attach yarn tails to their clothing.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kitty Cat Yarn Designs

Give each child a sheet of dark construction paper and several pieces of yarn in a variety of colors and sizes. Invite children to dip the yarn in the glue and place the yarn on the colored paper to make creative designs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kitten Baskets

Give each child a small cardboard box and a cat shape cut from posterboard or calendars to fit inside the box. Set out materials such as construction paper scraps, felt tip markers, cat stickers, cotton balls, fabric pieces and glue. Then let the children decorate their cardboard boxes and line them with soft materials to make sleeping baskets for their kittens.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Calico Cats

Supply fabric or wallpaper scraps for cutting out the head and body of the cat. Have the children add features with markers and/or crayons.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Calico Cats

Supply your students with large textured, striped, and patterned wallpaper pieces to make calico cats. Cut out of large construction paper a cat silhouette. Have each child place the cat on the wallpaper of their choice and trace around the cat shape. Glue eyes, nose, whiskers and a tail with construction paper, yarn, or curling ribbon.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Yarn Animals

Prepare animal cutouts with lines of yarn horizotally glued to them. Give chidren short pieces of yarn to glue in the valleys to serve as fur.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat Masks

You can make cat masks from paper plates.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat Ears

Attach construction paper cat ears to a headband and wear as you say the three little kittens rhyme.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat Handprint

Use a wallpaper sample book to let the children cut out a rug for their cat to sit on. Then put their handprint upright on the "rug" (fingers together, thumb outstretched a little becomes the tail). Then use the top of a liquid detergent cap to make a circle at the top of the handprint (to become the cat's head). Add facial features, whiskers, etc. Have the children name their kitten.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



In The Kitchen

Cat Face Sandwiches

Let the children make cat face sandwiches for snacktime. Give them each a slice of bread and let them spread on peanut butter. Let them place raisins in the centers of their toast to make eyes and noses. Then give them thin slivers of pickles to add for whiskers and grated carrots to sprinkle on for fur.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kitty Warm Milk

Heat a panful of milk, until is just warm. Pour a small amount into a bowl for each child. Invite children to sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon over the warm milk. Then join the children in lapping up the milk with a spoon.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Food Experience - Milk

Discuss why milk is good for you. Which pets love milk? Serve each child a glass of milk.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Games

Who Has The Ball?

At circle time have a child sit in a chair with his/her back to the rest. Have a ball of yarn on the floor behind the child. Choose another child to hide the yarn behind his/her back. When child has hidden the yarn and is ready Chant with the group, "Meow, Meow. Who has the Ball?" On this signal the child in the chair has to try to guess who has the yarn. the child who had the yarn is the next to sit in the chair and try to guess, proceed this way until everyone has had a turn.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mother Cat

The children should sit in a circle. One child is selected to be the MOTHER CAT. After MOTHER CAT has left the room, choose several other children to be KITTENS. All of the children cover their mouths with both hands and the KITTENS start saying MEOW, MEOW, MEOW. When the MOTHER CAT returns, she should listen carefully to find all of her KITTENS. When she has found them all, another child should be chosen MOTHER CAT and the game can continue.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Copy Cat

Have one child be the CAT and clap a rhythm for the group. The other children listen and then be the COPY CATS. They clap the same rhythm as the CAT did. Another child now becomes the CAT and creates a rhythm for the COPY CATS to imitate.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Funny Animals

Place a stuffed animal for each child on the floor. Have the children sit in front of the animals in a semicircle. Let one child at a time walk around the animals as everyone recites the rhyme below. Then let the child choose any animal take it back to the semicircle and give it a big kiss. Continue the game until everyone has had a turn.

One day while walking down the street,
Some funny animals I did meet.
Some made a sound, just like this (Child makes an animal sound)
So I took it home and give it a kiss.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

File Folder Game

Make about 10 sets of cats and kitten pairs. Each pair should be a different color. For example a cat and kitten that are red and a cat and kitten that are blue, etc. Glue the cats to the file folder and laminate for durability. Have the children match the same color kitten to it's mommy cat. I just made this up so I hope I explained it well enough.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat And Mouse

Cut and glue together a simple cat shape from black paper. Cover a coffee can-the mouse hole-with another piece of black paper. Make up enough small mice out of felt by cutting them out in teardrop shapes. Add a pompon and length of yarn for the tail. Glue sequins on for eyes or draw them on with markers. Next, turn a coffee can on it's side and place it on top of a table. Place a dozen crackers leading up to the mouse hole. Have each child choose a mouse and the teacher picks the cat. Then let each child roll the die and move his or her mouse or cat that number of crackers. Let play continue, encouraging the children to try to move their mice into the mouse hole before the cat gets there. The game ends when the cat reaches the mouse hole or when all mice have safely entered.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Listening Game

Have the children sit in a circle. Choose one child to be the mother or father cat and to sit in the middle of the circle. While the cat hides his or her eyes, pick several children to be baby kittens by tapping their shoulders. Have the baby kittens quickly find hiding spots in the room and make soft mewing sounds. Then have the mother or father cat search for the kittens, listening carefully for their mewing sounds as clues to their locations.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



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