If you have read the wonderful book Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera, you know that cat sticks his nose and whiskers into each aspect of his world to share it with the book‘s readers. He shares how a variety of colors are found on his favorite things and in this favorite places.
Kids will love hearing about Cat’s favorite rug. It is red and sits by a fire. He loves the black of night because that is when cat can see bats swoop and soar. Which of the colors is Cat’s favorite? You will have to read the book to find out!
You will love reading the words of this fun book to your kids They have an easy rhythm and flow. Each page starts with “Is it…?” and then shares why Cat likes that color.
Preparing the Activity
A fun extension to this book is to have kids give Cat a variety of different colors of whiskers. Cat could have whiskers that are all one color or a rainbow of colors.
- Chenille craft stems in a variety of colors (cut into fourths)
- Black Marker
- Square of contact plastic
Create the Cat’s Head
I printed out an outline of a cat’s head I found online. I traced the cat head onto the contact plastic with a black marker. (I used a Sharpie marker.)
Or you could draw your own cat’s head. Draw it with pencil on a piece of paper to get it just right and then trace it onto the contact plastic.
When done, take the paper off the contact plastic. Lay the plastic sticky side up on the table.
Exploring Colors with the Cat’s Whiskers
Set out a bowl filled with a rainbow of chenille stems beside the cat’s head. I invited my son to explore them. My son explored the whiskers as he chose.
Allow children to explore how the whiskers stick to the paper. They may want to explore sticking and removing the whiskers randomly. After a short time, you could read the the book again and invite your children to place the correct colors on their cats.
For older children, print the names of colors on cards or paper strips. Read the words and show the children each word. Mix the words; show a word to the children and pause. Say the word for children and they can add a whisker of that color to their cats’ faces.
This activity would be a fun follow up to reading the book Cat’s Colors or a fun addition to a color theme.
BIO: Deirdre is the author of JDaniel4’s Mom where she shares other learning activities, printables, crafts, and food creations. She loves growing and learning beside her son. You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.
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