There is something about a girl and her cat. I think our cat, Salena, gets the most love from my youngest daughter.
So we knew when our preschool co-op made it to “C” week we had to do a “Cat Day.” Here are some of the activities we did. They could be incorporated into a small preschool, homeschool preschool, or even cat themed birthday party.
We made these “treat holder cats.” It could be a fun halloween craft! I used a half circle template I created with a half of lid. I traced the top of the two plates and cut out the half circles. I painted the plates black with poster paint. I also did a couple orange ones. I stapled the two plates together. Older kids could do this on their own, but we have kids ages 3 - 5. Then I made triange ears, green circles for eyes, black rounded diamonds for pupils, a small diamond nose, and whiskers. I had all the kids glue all the parts of the cats on with glue sticks or regular glue.
We read several “cat book.” I had no problems finding any in the library. The children section was full of them. C is for Curious was one of their favorites. The book is an “abc” book of feelings. We talked what each feeling meant and when we might have felt that way. Other great cat books:
and one of our family’s absolute favorites: Cookie’s Week If anyone has a crazy hat like ours who was stuck under the house for five hours, you will relate to this one!
We did “Show and Tell” cats. Each child brought a cat stuffed animals or picked one from a pile in my daughter’s bedroom. They had to come up with a name for their cat, choose if it is a boy or girl, and say one thing they like about it.
I usually sing a few songs with them. We sang, “If you’re happy you know it.” We changed some of the verses to “If you’re happy and you know it, pet your cat” and “If you’re happy and you know it jump like a cat.” You could even do “lick your paws,” “stretch your legs,” “purr,” or “meow.”
I always read a Bible story as a devotinal. We read the creation story and talked about how God made everything including the vast sky and small things like little cats.
We did not get to it (partially we because ran out of time and also because it was a nice warm morning and I wanted to give the kids some “backyard playtime”) but I had planned on showing some funny cat videos from AFV. We will have to save that for another time.