Cat Theme
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Theme Ideas

Bring a gift bag that is decorated with cats to circle each day. Inside have a different item that would be used for or by a cat. Have circle discuss what, how or why it is used.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Read The Three Little Kittens. Cut out two matching mittens per child from either different colors of construction paper or different patterns of wallpaper, mix them up and have children match up the correct pairs. If using wallpaper, play a form of Memory Game, having children try to remember which mittens match when placed face down on a playing surface.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Extend your unit to include all types of cats, pets to zoo.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Have a vet come to school to discuss care of all types of cats.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Visit an animal shelter to learn about cat adoption and the need to be responsible pet owners.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Alley Cat

Invite children to pretend they are cats. Children can walk like cats, arch up with their backs, pounce, pretend they are cats playing with balls of string, or curl up like cats in the sun. Play recording of Alley Cat. Encourage children to dance freely to the music.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat Playground

Props: climb-through barrel, balance beams, big balls, and a hanging yarn ball.

Ask children what they think cats like to play with. Use their suggestions to set up a CAT obstacle course. Invite children to maneuver through the course. Encourage children to demonstrate cat-like movements, such as batting the hanging yarn ball with their claws.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cats To The Vet

Props: examining table, phone, appointment book, tongue depressors, splints, strips of cloth, wide masking tape, cotton balls, gauze, boxes, doctor kit, clipboards, and paper.

Set up a veterinarian's office in your room. Use boxes to create animal cages and an x-ray machine. Encourage children to use the props in ways they think a veterinarian might. For example, children can attach a clipboard to each cage for the patients chart. Invite children to bring stuffed toy cats from home.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat Puzzles

Cut large cat shapes out of posterboard. Cover the shapes with clear self-stick paper and cut each one into several large interlocking puzzle pieces. This activity is perfect for small fingers. For older children, increase the difficulty by cutting each puzzle into smaller pieces.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Large Muscle Activities

Cat Movements - Write down all the words that describe how cats move. Allow the children to demonstrate the movements. Also, use music in the background.

Climbing Cats - Bring into the classroom or outside a climber. The children can pretend to be cats and climb on the climber.

Cat Pounce - Lay jump ropes on the ground. Have the children pounce over the lines.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Color Cats

Cut at shapes out of red, blue, yellow, brown, green, black and white construction paper. Let the children decorate the cat shapes with crayons or felt-tip markers. Attach Popsicle sticks to the backs of the shapes to make puppets. Have the children sit in a circle. Ask them to name the colors of their cat puppets. Then read the poem below. As the children hear the names of colors that are the same as the colors of their cats, have them raise their cat puppets and say "Mee-ow".

When the cat that is red
Is finally fed,
He raises his head
And says- "Mee-ow"

When the cat that is blue
Has nothing to do,
He comes up, too,
And whispers- "Mee-ow"

When the cat that is yellow
Is feeling mellow,
He tends to stretch
And bellow-"Mee-ow!"

When the cat that is brown
Starts stalking the town,
You'll hear his sound
When he cries-"Mee-ow"

When the cat that is green
Is finally seen,
You'll know what I mean
When I say he can really "Mee-ow!"

When the cat that is black
Arches his back,
He has an uncanny knack
Of screeching-"Mee-ow!"

When the cat that is white
Comes into sight,
You very well might
Hear his famous-"Mee-ow!"

Okay, little cats,
Let's hear some "Mee-ows!"
And now it's time
For curtsies and bows.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Read the nursery Rhyme "The Three Little Kittens" with the children. Cut three kitten shapes out of felt. Then cut three pairs of mitten shapes out of three different colors of felt. Place the kitten shapes on a flannelboard. Mix up the six mitten shapes and place them below the kittens. Have the children help the kittens find their lost mittens by placing a matching colored pair on each kitten.

Variation: Instead of matching colored mittens, have the children match mittens of different shapes, sizes, or patterns.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kitten, Kitten

This poetic activity will help children develop vocabulary and learn to follow a simple story line.

Materials Needed:
A copy of the poem; appropriate flannel board pieces; felt in grey, light blue, green, tan; fabric paints in black, white, red, blue, brown; glue; scissors; flannel board; brown, red, or yellow yarn.

What To Do:
1. Cut a cat from grey felt and embellish with black and white fabric paints.
2. Cut a pair of draperies and a ball of yarn from light colored felt.
3. Cut a little boy or girl from felt. Use fabrice paints to make smiling faces. Glue on yarn for hair.
4. During circle time, recite the poem "Kitten, Kitten" for the children.
5. Place the story pieces on the flannel board as the poem progresses.
6. Encourage the children to say the poem along with you.
7. Make the flannel board pieces available to the children for play and/or to retell the poem.

      Kitten, Kitten by Cory McIntyre

      Furry and white
      With stripes of misty grey and black.
      Soft and cuddly,
      Purring as you sit with me when I read.
      Explore and examine,
      When no one is around.
      Getting into things that you shouldn't
      Climbing mom's curtains,
      Digging in her favorite plant,
      Chasing a ball of yarn.
      Deciding all of a sudden...
      You need to be somewhere else.
      Kitten, kitten,
      You make me laugh and giggle
      When I watch you run and play.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Cat of Many Colors

Once there was a cat all white
Who wished that he were black as night.
He was as thirsty as could be,
And in the cupboard, what did he see?
Grape juice right before his eyes!
He drank it. Then, to his surprise,
He turned from white to something new:
Deep dark purple was his hue.
He peered into his little cup,
Saw tomato juice, and lapped it up.
He soon became the brigthest red.
He thought,"Maybe I should go to bed;"
But he wasn't tired, and so
He looked for somewhere else to go.
He spied an orange on the floor,
And pounced in it, and played some more.
As he played this little game,
Orange was what he became.
He played with some blueberries, too,
So suddenly the cat turned blue.
A sour lime sat on the ground.
The kitty licked it, and he found
That he felt strange and not so keen,
For he had turned the color green.
Now he was a sad little fellow,
So he ate a banana and turned bright yellow.
Just then he saw a tasty treat,
Another food he had to eat.
A long black piece of licorice
Gave the little cat his wish.
He ate it all, and soon he was
Black from his head down to his paws!
Why did this happen? You guessed right,
If you blamed it all on Hallowee'en night.

Cut a cat shape out of white, purple, red, orange, blue, green, yellow, and black construction papter. Cut out a shape for each of your children (or if children are old enough have them do it) and attach each shape to a craft stick to make a stick puppet. Give a stick puppet to each child. Before you read the poem, ask the children to listen carefully for the color of their cat puppet. When they hear the colour, have them wave their puppet in the air.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cat Stretches

1. Have your children get on their hands and knees.
2. Tell them to slowly "walk" their arms out in front of them, one at time, until arms and upper body are fully extended.
3. Have them stretch like cats by leaning each shoulder one way, then the other.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

List rhyming words on a chart or chalkboard: cat, hat, rat, mat, pat, sat, fat, bat.
Make two-line rhymes:
The big yellow cat is old and _________.(fat)
Hurry, cat, catch that __________.(rat)
Did you see that cat in mother's best ________ ?(hat)
The tiny cat sat on a tine ___________. (mat)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Discuss the different sounds that cats make and what their sounds tell us about them. Imitate the sounds a cat makes when happy, contented, angry, frightened, hungry. Stress the differences in cat's moods and why it is important not to tease an angry or frightened cat. Act out cats as they might behave in these various moods. Point out that lions and tigers are members of the cat family. Ask the children. "How would you like to meet an angry lion? How would you feel if you met a hungry tiger?"

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kritter Kare

Materials needed:
Cat care: cat bed or cat furniture/cubby, collar and bell, catnip ball, rubber mouse, brush, canned food

What to do:
Introduce pet care items explaining or demonstrating how ea item is used and allow the children to examine the items.

Including the items above, have the children set up a cat care area using stuffed animals brought from home. The children will pretend to care for their kittens.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links

Cat Activity Ideas - Activity Idea Place
Cat Theme - First School
Cats & Kittens Magazine
Cats, Cats, and More Cats
Kristi's Kitty Korner
The Cat's Meow
Online Cat Tic Tac Toe Game!


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