Make a Towel Rope Dog Toy
Supplies Needed; Old (clean) hand towels, and scissors
Directions; Cut the towel into 2"+ strips. Take three strips and tie them in t a not at the top, braid the strips and then tie a knot at the bottom. Repeat until you have enough toys for all of your favorite pups.
Pet Photo Frame Decorating
Supplies Needed; Photo frame (we found ours at JoAnn for $1), paint, pompoms, and a photo of your pet.
Paint your frame a solid color and allow to dry. Next, use a second color of paint and pompom to paint paw prints on your frame and allow the paw prints to dry. Finally, add your pets name to the frame. Once everything is dry, add your pets photo to the frame.
Pet Critters and Critter Homes
Directions to make Pet Critters
Supplies Needed; Pompoms, glue and wiggly eyes.
Glue wiggly eyes to critters. Consider using other art supplies to create clothing or attributes to your critters.
Directions to make Critter Homes
Supplies Needed; Toilet paper roll, cupcake wrappers, glue, and paints.
Cut a small door shape at the bottom of your toilet paper roll. Paint your toilet paper roll house, and allow to dry. Once dry glue cupcake wrapper to the top of the house, to create a roof.
Gold Fish Counting
Supplies needed; Print out of template (below) and Gold Fish crackers.
Assist children in counting out gold fish crackers to the amount listed on each fish bowl.
Design Your Own Fish Tank
Supplies Needed; Print out of template (below), water colors, goldfish crackers, and glue.
Assist children in decorating their fish bowl, and allow to dry. Have children select a few gold fish crackers to glue inside their fish bowl.
Create a Pet Cloud
Supplies needed; Print out of template (below), cotton stuffing (or shredded cotton balls), wiggly eyes, and glue.
Print out the template, we printed it on blue paper to look like the sky. Have the children create a cloud shape using the cotton. Glue the cotton to the blank space on the page, then glue on wiggly eyes and allow to sry.
Pet rocks are a great way to spend time outside with children, then bring them in for some creative release. We used temper paints and wiggly eyes to create these little critters.
Perfect Paw Prints
Our sweet gal was more than happy to comply with this fun project.
All you need is 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 cup baking soda, 3/4 cup water, a small saucepan, and a spoon.
Mix the cornstarch and baking soda in a saucepan. Add the water slowly, stirring as you pour. Heat the mixture over medium heat and stir constantly. After a minute or two you'll notice the mixture begin to thicken on the bottom and it's important to stir, stir, stir.
Remove from the heat and let the clay cool until you can handle it comfortably. It's surprisingly smooth and pliable! Knead it for a minute to make it really smooth.
Make the paw prints by separating a small piece of clay, rolling it in your hands to make a ball, then pressing it to flatten. Tip-toe over to your pet and quickly press their paw into the clay. Press as firmly and evenly as you can. Use a bamboo skewer or toothpick to make a small hole at the top if you'd like to turn your paw print into an ornament.
Place your paw prints on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Bake at 250F (121C) for 30 minutes. One of my prints was a little thicker than the others and the back wasn't totally hardened at this point, so I just flipped all of them over and baked for 20 more minutes. When they are cool you can use a Sharpie marker to write your pet's name on the back (especially if you're like me and have more than one pet!).
All about my pet coloring pages
These are a fun and interactive way to incite imaginary play with children. Ask them to invent a pet cat or dog, and to tell you about their imaginary pet.
National Pet Week is May 4th -10th for 2014