Baby Animals
Cotton Ball Baby Sheep
Have your child glue cotton balls onto a piece of paper. Then draw on the feet and heads as if the cotton balls were the sheep bodies.

Black Baby Sheep 
Cut out sheep designs out of white construction paper. Let your child glue black yarn onto the paper, or let them use a black crayon to color the sheep.

Sponge Print Farm 
You can find already shaped sponges at most art and craft stores, or you can make your own. Obtain sponges shaped as baby cows, pigs, farm houses, fences, clouds, etc. Have your child dip the sponges into paint and press on a piece of paper to create a farm scene.

Piglet Painting 
Cut a pig shape from pink construction paper. Let your child paint on the "mud" with black or gray tempera paint.

Baby Chicks 
Give each child one egg cup cut from an egg carton and two cotton balls. Put a mixture of baby powder and yellow powdered tempera paint into a plastic bag. Allow each child to place two cotton balls and shake for a minute or two. Then carefully take them out of the bag, and gently tap the extra powder off. Have your child glue their cotton balls in their egg cups, one on top of the other. Then let them add an orange construction paper beak, and black construction paper eyes.

Duckies
Trace a duck shape on a piece of paper and have children glue on different colored feathers onto the duck.
This Little Pig Went to Market
Featured on Kid's Favorite Songs By Sesame Street
Also Features "Old MacDonald," "Ring Around The Rosie," "Turkey in the Straw," Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," "Home On The Range," and "The Farmer and the Dell."
This Little Pig went to market
This little pig stayed home
This little pig had roast beef
This little pig had none.
And this little pig went wah wah wah all the way home

Mary had a Little Lamb 
Mary had a little lamb,
Featured on Kids Favorite Songs, Vol. 2 By Sesame Street

Little lamb, Little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went
Mary went Mary went
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
School one day, School one day,
It followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule.

It made the children laugh and play
laugh and play laugh and play
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

Had a Little Chickie
sugn to "Turkey in the Straw"
Had a little chickie
And she wouldn't lay an egg;
So I poured hot water
Up and down her leg,
Oh, that little chickie cried
And that little chickie begged;
Then that silly little chickie laid
A hard-boiled egg!
Baby Animal Parade
Have the children pretend to be their favorite baby animal and have a parade in your outdoor play area.

Nesting Hen 
Place some plastic eggs under a pillow. Have the child sit on the pillow and guess how many eggs are under the pillow. Count the eggs with the child.

Baby Animal Play
Use play baby cows, pigs and other animals and a box for the barn. Have your child pretend with the animals.

Lacing Cards
Cut colored poster board into baby animal shapes and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.

Stamping Patterns
Use baby animal rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

Chick Sequence Cards 
Make simple sequence cards for your child. Draw the different stages of a chick hatching from an egg. Draw an egg in its nest, an egg cracking, a chick partly out of the egg, and a chick that is completely hatched.

Be a ?? Race 
Have the child pretend to be a baby animal, and race from point A to B.

Animal Sort
Collect plastic baby animals, let the children sort them according to type, or size.

Musical Baby Animals
Cut out baby animal shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor. It is best for younger children to have more animals than children. Play music and have the children walk around the room. When the music stops, each child needs to find an animal to stand on.

Baby Animal Day
Invite each child to bring in a stuffed animal.

Vote and Graph it
Have the children vote for their favorite baby animal and graph the results. Which animals did most children like the best?
Animal Cracker 
Serve animal crackers (farm animals type) with cheese for a snack.
Go to a farm
Visit a farm or a petting zoo with your child. Make sure to name the animals you see and listen to the sounds that they make. Point out the baby animals.

Kitten Toy Ball Art
First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container. Place a few drops of paint into the container with a cat toy ball, then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child.
Paw Pals Lattice Ball

Kitten Charmers
Create kitten charmers by attaching ribbon or string to a pencil, dowel or Popsicle stick. Have the children dance with the charmers when they are finished.

Kitten Collages 
Have the children cut out pictures of kittens from magazines, and glue them onto a piece of paper for a collage.
Yarn Collage 
Allow your child to use scraps of yarn to create a collage.

Paper Bag Kitten Masks
Let children use yarn, paints, crayons and paper scraps to create their own kitten mask. You may have to cut out the eyes, mouth and shoulders for younger children.

Paper Plate Kitten Mask
Have the children paint a paper plate brown. When dry have the children add pipe cleaners for whiskers and brown triangles for ears. Cut out holes for the eyes and add a Popsicle stick to the back of the plate near the bottom with glue.

Kitten Puppets 
Ask the parents to donate pictures of kittens. Cut out the kittens in the pictures and attach the pictures to a popsicle stick or a straw with tape to make a puppet.

Kitten Placemat
Have the children cut out pictures of kittens from magazines. Have the children glue the pictures onto a piece of paper. Laminate the paper and use for a placemat.

Sponge Print
You can find already shaped sponges at most art and craft stores or you can make your own. Obtain sponges shaped like kittens. Have your child dip the sponges into paint and press on a piece of paper.

Kitten Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Cut from brown paper two ears. Then, either staple or glue the ears to the headband.

Kitten Necklaces
Have the children cut out kitten shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. Add colored noodles to the necklace.

Kitten Rubbings
Cut kitten shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these shapes to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the shapes and rub a crayon over the shape.

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the kitten shaped cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print.

Sticker Art
For a very simple art project, supply the children with a piece of paper and stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.

Kitten Spray Paint Art:
Obtain a few clean spray bottles. Add water and a little bit of liquid or powdered tempera. Then, place a large piece of kitten shaped paper on an easel, and have the children spray the colored water onto the kitten shaped paper.

Kool Aid Art
Sprinkle a little dry kool aid mix onto a kitten shaped piece of paper. Have your child spray water from a spray bottle onto the paper. For added adventure, you may choose to take your children out into the rain with a piece of paper that has kool-aid on it.

Yarn Art
Set out a piece of yarn for each color of paint you intend to use. Have the child dip the yarn in one color of paint, and run it across the paper. Use a new peice of string for a different color.
 
Stamping Patterns
Use kitten shaped rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated kitten patterns.


Picture Matching 
Find kitten stickers. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut in a jig-jag form. Use a highlighter to highlight the edges. Do this with many different stickers. Have the child match the stickers, and line up the two halves of the index card.

Kitten Memory
Find kitten stickers. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut the index card in half. You can use these cards to play memory.
 
Three Little Kittens' Mittens 
Cut out three pair of mittens from different colored felt. Have the child pick out one mitten, and then find it's match.

Yarn Ball Toss
Place
 a masking tape line on the floor. Set a laundry basket on the floor. Have your child stand on the line, then throw a ball of yarn into the basket. Try different distances.

Whiskers

Draw 5 kitten faces without whiskers. Write a number onto each kitten 1 through 5. Provide the children with 15 pipe cleaners, and have the children place the appropriate number of whiskers onto each kitten.

Kitten Sizing
Draw different sized kitten shapes and laminate them. Have the children arrange the kittens according to size. 

Kitten Sort 
Draw different kinds of kittens, black, calico, siamese, and have the children sort the kittens by breed. Or you can cut out pictures of kittens and glue each onto a separate piece of paper. Have the children sort the kittens by breed.


Kitten Bat 
Have the children pretend to be kittens... hang a piece of string from the ceiling... just out of the children’s reach, and have the children bat at the string.

Talk about Kitten/Puppy Care
 
Talk about what a kitten eats, going to the Vet for shots, grooming, and the things an owner needs to do keep the kitten healthy.


Field Trip Ideas
Visit a Pet Store or a Veterinarian's Office
Have a parent bring in a kitten or puppy
Have a Veterinarian visit your center
Have A Humane Society Member visit your center
Have a parent read a story about a baby animal.

Kitten Says:
Played like simon says.

Kitten May I?
The old game, mother may I take three little steps forward?

Kitten: Duck, Duck, GOOSE!
Substitute kitten, kitten, duckling for duck, duck, goose.

Love Song
by chicky
Love my kitty,
Yes I do,
Love my kitty,
Yes I do,
Love my kitty,
Yes I do,
Love my kitty,
And she loves you!

Special Song
by chicky-ma-ma
sung to "Where is Thumbkin?"
My kitten is special,
My kitten is special,
Yes he is,
Yes he is,
My kitten is special, 
My kitten is special, 
Yes he is, 
Yes he is. 
Pretend to be a Kitten 
Provide your children with balls of yarn, kitten toys, empty boxes of kitten food, and boxes for the children to crawl into.