How to make the little ones in your life happy with three fun projects
By Anne Zoet
What could be more fun than to please your child and your kitty at the same time? Create a fun cat toy with your child with one of these three projects. Supervision required: these need to be safe both for your child in the making and for your kitty to play with til they it to shreds (which is what they attempt to do with every toy).
Great reasons to make cat toys at home with your kids:
- The more you involve children with cats, the stronger bonds will form and the greater understanding your children will have about cats and play
- Most cat toys found on the market are made in China with unverifiable contents, thus the safety for cats chewing them is unknown
Three fun toys to make:
Project 1: Pom-pom Pull Toy (ages 5+)
This is a simple project that can be done with young kids. All imperfections can be masked in the trimming process: if you don’t have enough of a lead string after cutting, just trim that one down and tie a longer one to the pom-pom. For a lopsided ball, just trim-down the longer pieces.
For downloadable instructions, please see the Pom-pom Pull Toy.
Project 2: Half Moon Mouse (ages 7+)
Sewing and crocheting takes some skill, but at around age 6 or 7 kids really start to have some dexterity. This is a great, simple project to start off both boys and girls on seeing the results of their craftsmanship in a very short time. If you want to eliminate the crocheting, the tail can be left as a string.
For downloadable instructions, please see the Half Moon Mouse.
Project 3: Crochet Octopus (ages 9+)
This project is very forgiving: a few missed or extra stitches or a longer or shorter octopus leg will go unnoticed. Essentially, my crochet skills are that of a 9 year old’s, so if I can do this, they can too.
For downloadable instructions, please see the Octopus.
Have fun creating joy for both you children and your cats!
About the author:
Anne: Her passions are art, words, travel, the environment and animals. In addition to her human family, she shares her home with three domestic cats (though sometimes she wonders if they’re not just a bit wild). Since cats are so scrumptious, hers are always named after Italian foods: Panino 15 years old, Nutella 8 years old, and Trofia 1 year old. Anne created Radlilcat to share projects and a passion for felines. She would love to pass along her love of animals to children with her new children’s picture book, Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil.