Cat Hat

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The craft that I will sharing with all of you today is called the CAT HAT. I named it the CAT HAT because I think it rhymes :)

The Cat Hat is not too difficult to make and is suitable for young kids. The many pictures below shows my daughter who has just turned 4 couple of months back tackling the craft.

As with my format, I started off by reading a simple storybook about cats with her. I am writing this a couple of months late and I don’t have the book with me anymore as it has been returned to the library… I know.. my fault :( But the brainwave of starting this blog came to me only a few weeks ago and since then I have spent quite a lot of time setting it up.

Anyway, let’s get on with what we are going to do today. It’s not difficult to google up some fun facts regarding cats :)
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Find more difficult facts for older kids and simpler facts for younger kids. Or find a more difficult book for older kids and a simpler book for younger kids. If you wish your child to be proficient in languages other than English, by all means find a book that is in that language.

Read the story to your child, exaggerating the voices (Children love that!). If they know how to read, invite them to participate as one of the voices or perhaps you can ask them to read a paragraph all by themselves. Remember to heap praises on them if they do it well :) Praise them for their effort if they don’t. :)

Then, it’s time to make our Cat Hat!

What you need is a strip of thick paper/plain cardboard which is longer than the circumference of your child’s head. And another 2 triangles(or ovals, squares etc) for the ears. For younger children who would have difficulty in cutting materials thicker than paper, have these ready. For older kids, they can cut out the ears in the shape they desire.

Ah.. now comes the creative part! Depending on your story, you might want to emulate the colour of the cat. Story of a blue cat and your child wants to have a Blue Cat Hat? No problem! Perhaps at this stage, you can teach your child on the different shades of blue!

My girl opt for multicolour and I have got ready paints and crayons. She drew some heart/love shapes on the strip of paper and coloured them with crayons first. Hehe.. I know, after colouring it just looks like blobs of colours… it’s OK, it does not need to look perfect! As long as they are having fun! The colouring skill will improve through time once her motor skills are more developed. So, I am not too concerned about that(yet)!

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Then she coloured the background with water colour. Again, I let her creativity lead the way. I asked her what colours does she like, and she rattled off a list. Helped her “dig” out the colours from individual jars and gave her instructions on how to use the brush, wash it and dry it in between colours. Then I left her to it, only gently prompting her when she forgets or did something wrong. Otherwise, I left her to it and started snapping pictures. And she really concentrates.

She really experimented and found out that purple and yellow mix together gave a brownish hue… so she told me, “Mummy, Purple and Yellow makes Brown!”

Next, paint or colour the ears… same way as the strip of paper.

When she finished, it’s time to clean up while waiting for the paint to dry…. and if it is not too wet, it will dry up very fast. Staple the ears to the strip of paper. Assist your child if he/she is not able to handle the stapler. Then staple the 2 ends of the strip of paper together. Make sure you hold it against your child’s head and measure it first!

It’s done! My little girl had a good time wearing and parading her new hat around pretending to be a cat for the rest of the day. And if you have more time, you could act out the story from the book with your child and let him/her take the character of the cat!