Whether or not your child has a pet, cats and dogs work well for craft themes. Your child can craft her own furry friend or pet-related items with these simple art projects.
A paper plate creates the base for a cat or dog mask. Start by cutting eye holes out of the plate for your child. This helps her figure out how to decorate the rest of the plate based on the location of the eyes.
Let her cut out details from construction paper and glue them onto the plate. String or pipe cleaners work well for whiskers. Cut out ears from construction paper and glue them to the top edge of the plate. A length of stretchy cord connected to both sides of the plate creates the band to hold the mask in place.
A little clay is all your child needs to make her own tiny cat or dog. Help her work the clay so it is soft and pliable. Let her make her own cat or dog figure using the clay. Show her how to shape the individual sections of the animals and press them together.
Once the clay animals harden according to the package directions, pull out the paint. This is your child’s chance to add color and details to the clay cat or dog.
Who says the pets should be the only ones to have a custom collar? Let your child make her own collar with this craft. Cut a wide strip of construction paper as the collar. Let her cut out the ID tags from construction paper or cardboard. Add the details to the tag and tie it to the collar with string. Pair this craft with the pet mask to encourage pretend play.
This simple craft lets your child make her own mini dog house. Start with a small box or milk carton. Have your child glue craft sticks to the outside of the box to create the look of a dog house. She can then paint the sticks to make the dog house whatever color she wants. If you use a regular box, make a slanted roof from a rectangle of paper folded in half and glued in place.