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Cat and Kitten Theme
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AlphabetLetter C > C is for Cat
or
Letter K > K is for Kitten

Animals > Pets > Cat or Kitten

Character Education > Caring

Crafts >
Cat or Kitten

Holidays and Events > Cat events

Online story time > Fables | Fairy tales Nursery Rhymes

Online Coloring > Halloween > Cat

Online Jigsaw Puzzles > Cats




During these activities children can experience the following learning activities:

1.  Introduce or practice letter C for Cat with matching printable materials and cat or kitten craft that features a tail or legs shaped like letter C or letter K for Kitten. 
2. Learn basic facts about domestic (house) cats.  The domestic cat is the most popular pet in the U.S.A.
3.  Shapes practice: circle, half circle, triangles and ovals featured in the craft templates.
4.  The cat or kitten crafts are appropriate to include during Halloween holiday activities, a theme related to pets or in conjunction with related literature, nursery rhymes or educational online story, preschool video or TV programming.
5.  These activities can be conducted separately over a number of days.

Activity 1:  Story time > Cats

1. Decide what book, story time online or educational video/TV program can be introduced to generate enthusiasm for the topic of cats.  Once your theme is selected prepare for discussion and dialogue. 

Suggestions:
1. Character education:  Caring 
Read and print the online story Carrie the Caring Cat, and visit the parent and teacher resources.

2.
Aesop Fable > Print and read Belling the Cat.

3. PBS's Online Activities > Sagwa:  The Chinese Siamese Cat for children 5-8, don't miss the caregivers area.  These program and activities are suitable for Chinese New Year Celebrations.

4.  Nursery RhymeThree Little Kittens with illustrations, great for toddlers and preschoolers.

5.  Fairy talePuss in Boots Ages 6+
Version #1:  Puss in Boots > part of the KIDOONS Network adapted for young children
Version #2: Puss in Boot with illustrations  
*Puss in Boots theme coloring pages:  1, 2, 3

Activity 2: Alphabet Lesson Plan Printable Activities Letter C is for Cat or Letter K Kitten

Comments/Suggestion
:  Since the crafts features letter C on the tail template or legs template, perhaps you would like to consider presenting the letter C alphabet activities or letter K for Kitten.  There are various materials for both letters. Make sure to explain the difference between a cat and a kitten.

Activity 3:  Select a Cat or Kitten Craft 

Review printing and assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested. 

Activity 4: Learning about Cats (Pet): Animal Facts Activity (online) Ages 3+ - after cat craft is assembled
1. Encourage a discussion and dialogue:  
* Demonstrate the cat or kitten poster, children are holding their finished craft.
* Ask the children if they have ever seen a real house cat or have one as a pet and discuss comments.  
* What do they know about cats, write their comments in board. 
* What sounds does a cat make.  
*  Discuss some fun basic cat facts, here are a selection of resources:
1.  Wikipedia.org
2.  National Geographic - Cats

Activity 5:  Online Jigsaw Puzzles:   Cat and Kitten and yarn
Skill:  Problem solving, letter recognition.
Enjoy these online puzzles.  These are great for a break and the whole family can enjoy them by adjusting the amount of pieces from 6 to 247 - click on the shape button. 
Alphabet >
Letter C Cat and Clown
Bilingual:  English and Spanish >
Cat | Kitten and yarn

Activity 6:  Online Coloring and Print > Halloween Cat on a Jack-o'-Lantern
Skills:  Using the computer mouse and color recognition

Additional printable materials related to cats & kittens:
Cat Coloring Pages
Use for display, bulletin board, or a homemade coloring book.  The images are large and can even be used to make awards or take home activities.

 Select a Cat or Kitten Craft

illustrations only

Alphabet lesson plan and printable activities

Letter C Cat


Letter K Kitten

Cats coloring pages


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