Cat Theme





Book List

Amelia's Nine Lives - Balian
April's Kittens - Clare Turlay Newberry
Archie Follow Me - Lynne Cherry
Cat Next Door - Elizabeth Koda-Callan
Cats Do Dogs Don't - Norma Simon
Cat's Kittens - Paul Rogers & Emma Rogers
Cats Know Best - Eisler
Feathers For Lunch - Lois Ehlert
Harry's Night Out - Pizer
Have you Seen My Cat? - Eric Carle
Henry's Wild Morning - Margaret Greaves
Hi, Cat! - Ezra Jack Keats
I Am A Little Cat - Francois Crozat

Kitten For A Day - Ezra Keats
Leo the Late Bloomer - Leo Lionni
Millions of Cats - Wanda Gag

My Cat Buster - Donna Bryant
My Darling Kitten - Collington
My New Kitten - Joanna Cole
Tabby, A Story in Pictures - Aliki
Taking My Cat to the Vet - Susan Kuklin
The Dog Who Had Kittens - Polly Robertus
The Little Kitten - Judy Dunn
This And That - Julie Sykes

Up A Tree - Ed Young
Where's My Kitten (lift the flap book) - Michelle Coxon



Songs & Fingerplays

Pussy-Cat - Nursery Rhyme

Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, where have you been?
I've been to London to visit the Queen.
Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, what did you do?
I frightened a mouse from under the throne.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Little Kitten - sung to "I Have a Little Dreidel"

I have a little kitten
With soft and shiny fur.
And when I pet my kitten,
She goes purr, purr, purr, purr.

Oh Kitten, kitten, kitten
With soft and shiny fur.
I love to pet my kitten,
And hear her purr, purr, purr.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Carrie had a Little Cat - sung to "Mary had a Little Lamb" (substitute any childs name)

Carrie had a little cat, little cat, little cat,
Carrie had a little cat, Its fur was white as snow.

other verses:
Everywhere that Carrie went...the cat was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day. Oh, yes, the cat knew how
It made the children laugh and play...to hear the cat meow

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pussycat Creeping

Pussycat creeping and crawling along (Right hand fingers creeping along)
Little bird chirping and singing a happy little song (Left hand sitting on left shoulder)
Up jumps pussy, right into the tree. (Right hand onto left shoulder)
Away flies the bird so glad to be free. (Left hand flies away)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

A kitten is hiding under a chair, (hide one thumb in other hand)
I looked and looked for her everywhere. (peer about with hand on forehead)
Under the table and under the bed, (pretend to look)
I looked in the corner and then I said,
"Come Kitty, come Kitty, I have milk for you." (cup hand to make dish and extend)
Kitty came running and calling, "Mew, mew." (run fingers up arm)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Five Kittens

Five little kittens standing in a row, (Hold up five fingers.)
They nod their heads to the children so. (Bend fingers)
They run to the left; they run to the right. (Run fingers to the left and then to the right.)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight. (Stretch fingers out tall.)
Along comes a dog who's in for some fun. (Hold up one finger from opposite hand.)
ME-OW! See those little kittens run! (Let fingers run.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pussy - Nursery Rhyme

I love little pussy,
Her coat is so warm
And if I don't hurt her
She'll do me no harm,

So, I'll not pull her tail
Nor drive her away,
But pussy and I
Very gently will play.

She shall sit by my side,
And I'll give her some food;
And pussy will love me
Because I am good.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Have A Pet... - sung to "Bingo"

I have a cat who's cuddly soft
And Beau-Jo is her name, oh!
Beau-jo is her name,
Beau-jo is her name,
Beau-jo is her name,
I love to rub her ears.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Kitty, Kitty...

I have a little kitty, (Extend first and fourth fingers like ears)
He is as quick as he can be. (Make a side way motion with one hand quickly)
He jumps upon my lap, (Cup one hand in palm of other)
And purrs a song to me. (Make purring sound)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Soft Kitty

(Make a fist of left hand for kitty, and pet the kitty.)
Soft kitty, warm kitty
Little ball of furr
Lazy kitty, pretty kitty
purr, purr, purr

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Three Little Kittens

Three little kittens lost their mittens
And they began to cry: Meow, meow, meow
What? Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens
Then you shall have no pie: Meow, meow, meow
Three little kittens found their mittens
And they began to cry: Meow, meow, meow
What? Found your mittens, you good little kittens
Now you shall have some pie: Meow, meow, meow

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Four Little Kittens

One, two, three, four--four little kittens
running through the door! (Make fingers run)
Four, three, two, one--four little kittens, see how fast they run!! (put fingers behind back, hide all, "run" again)
One, two, three, four, 'Bye little kittens, running to the store!!) (wave with both hands)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Creeping

Creeping, creeping, creeping,
comes the little cat.
But puppy with her long ears
jumps like that!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Counting Cats

1-Father cat is far too fat to fit on this mat..
2-I think he needs two. Fetch another one, do.
3-It seems to me that he'll need three.
4-He still needs more. That makes four!
5-How can he contrive to stretch across five?
6-Now what a fix If we can't find six.
7-This would be heaven if I just had seven.
8-Please don't be late with number eight.
9-I mustn't whine but I could do with nine.
10-Did you ever know when a cat stretched to ten?
Although he's fat this cat can have only one mat!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

My Kitty Cat

I have a kitty cat named Puff.
(hold up one thumb)
He's round and soft as a ball of fluff.
(make a circle with finger and thumb of other hand)
Each day he laps up all his milk.
And his fur is soft as silk.
(stroke thumb with other hand)
When he's happy you will know,
For his fluffy tail swings to and fro.
(wiggle little finger)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Lonely Kitten

I'm just a lonely little kitten, as lonely as can be
(make fist of left hand, thumb for head and little finger for tail)
Won't somebody come and be a friend to me?
(right hand moves toward left with walking motion of index and middle fingers. When they meet, enclose fist in right hand)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Know A Cat - sung to "Bingo"

I know a cat with perky ears,
And kitty is her name-o.
K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y,
And Kitty is her name-o.

She makes a sound and it's "meow,"
And Kitty is her name-o.
K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y,
And Kitty is her name-o.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

My Kitten - sung to "Sing a Song of Sixpence"

I have a little kitten,
She's black and white and gray.
When I try to cuddle her,
She always wants to play,
So I drag a piece of yarn
Across the kitchen floor.
She thinks it is a little mouse
To chase right out the door.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I'm A Little Cat - sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little cat.
Soft and furry.
I'll be your friend.
So don't you worry.
Right up on your lap I like to hop.
I'll purr, purr, purr and never stop.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Mouse Ran Around The Room - sung to "The Bear Went Over the Mountain"

The mouse ran around the room,
(make circling motions with arms)
The mouse ran around the room,
The mouse ran around the room,
And what do you think he saw?

He saw a great big cat.
(Raise arms and make a large circle)
He saw a great big cat,
He saw a great big cat,
So what do you think he did?

The mouse ran into his hole,
(squat down)
The mouse ran into his hole,
The mouse ran into his hole,
Safe and sound at last.
(cover head with arms.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Flannel Board Story

Flannel Board Stories

My poor little kitten lost her mitten
And started to cry, Boo-hoo.
So I helped my kitten to look for her mitten.
Her beautiful mitten of BLUE.

I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my mother's bed.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored RED.

I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under my father's pillow.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored YELLOW.

I found a mitten just right for a kitten
On the hand of my brother's toy clown.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored BROWN.

I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under the laundry so clean.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored GREEN.

I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Inside a grocery bag.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored BLACK.

I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Under the kitchen sink.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored PINK.

I found a mitten just right for a kitten
Inside my favorite show.
And this time the mitten was just the right mitten,
For it was colored BLUE!

PREPARATION:
Cut a kitten shape out of white felt. Then cut two mitten shapes out of blue felt and one mitten shape each out of the other colors.

ACTIVITY:
Place the kitten shape on the flannelboard and put a blue mitten shape on one of its paws. As you recite the poem, place the appropriate colored mittens, one at a time, on the kitten's other paw. When the children become familiar with the poem, leave off the last word in each verse and let them supply the rhyming color word.

ACTIVITY:
As you recite each verse of the poem, place the appropriate colored cat shape onfiltered flannelboard. Encourage the children to try out different kinds of Mee-ows for each color cat.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



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