This is an educational printable
craft that showcases shapes, and the legs and tail are letter C's.
Review the animal cat lesson plan and alphabet lesson plan that incorporates various activities to complement this craft.
- paper, construction paper or card stock
- coloring tools for B&W template
- glue stick
For children ages 2 to 4 you may want to try the simpler Sleeping
Cat Craft featured separately and your choice of alphabet
materials for C Cat or K Kitten.
Printing and assembly:Note: The body (half circle) can be substituted with half of a small paper plate
Activity - Part 1: Learning activities to conduct before
Choose from the activities below you feel are are appropriate for the children.
Shapes & Color Activity: (before template is cut-out)
Identify the shapes that are on template
#1: circle (face and small circles inside eyes), half circle (body), ovals (paws/feet),
ears and nose (triangles).
- Discuss the colors, on the template
(orange or dark gray) or the
colors chosen by the children for the B&W template.
- Some children like to discuss the colors as they choose them while coloring or painting the templates.
Numbers/Pre-Math Activities - Learning activities to conduct when pieces are decorated and cut out.
- Sorting/Sizing/Categorizing: Have the children sort the
shapes by size. Arrange the sorted shapes in piles from smallest to largest.
- Counting: Count how many shapes are in each pile/size. You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
- Identify the letter C on template #2.
- Count how many letter C's are on the template.
- How many letter C's does the cat need for legs?
- Go over five letter C words for each leg/tail - refer to worksheet in the letter C Cat activities.
Show the small image of the finished craft featured in the template or show them the alphabet poster to help the children see how the finished craft looks. Allow the children to assemble the craft from memory without glue, and they can use their own creativity and imagination to complete the craft. After completing the craft the children can proceed to start gluing the pieces as suggested below.
- Glue ears and eyes on smaller half circle.
- Glue head on body (half circle)
- Children may need assistance pasting the legs and tail. Make sure to refer to the legs as letter C's. For younger children (3 to 4 years old) you may want to disregard the paws (ovals) if the children are tired at this point. Suggestion: use painter's tape first to position legs behind the body, and then glue when satisfied with the positioning.
- Glue oval paws
- Paste tail - the remaining letter C.
- Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero (minimum) if you have trouble fitting the template on one page or review Print Help.
- Tape a ribbon or string to use as decoration or holiday ornament.
- Glue yarn over whiskers or use a hole punch next to whisker on either side, insert the yarn and tape in place. Older children can also use pipe cleaners using the same method.
- Add stripes or spots to resemble your pet or favorite cat.
- Make a Halloween scene with the cat on top of a pumpkin or jack-o'-lantern (see this image for an example of the scene), Assemble and glue over a dark background: black or dark blue construction paper with a moon in the background.
- This craft looks great in a grouping hanging at different lengths facing out windows or on bulletin boards for Halloween decorations with pumpkins and bat cut-outs as well.