5 Cat-Centric Year-End Activities for You and Your Kids
Can you believe the year is drawing to a close? Where did the time go? If your kids are like mine, they're bouncing off the walls around the holidays. What am I talking about? I still get giggly and giddy when it comes to anything Christmas-related. My kids and I start listening to holiday music as soon as we've cleared the Thanksgiving dishes (sometimes sooner) and wrapping gifts and making treats instantly puts me in a good mood.
Like many families, you probably have some meaningful end-of-year traditions, but do you have any cat-themed ones? Here are five fun and thoughtful activities you and your kids can enjoy together.
1. Bake kitty Christmas cookies
Lots of families bake Christmas cookies and other holiday treats. I know I do and usually start the new year with a few extra pounds to prove it! Why not use a cat-shaped cookie cutter and create kitty Christmas cookies? You can even use a Santa cookie cutter and transform Kris Kringle into Kitty Kringle. And don't you think gingerbread cats would be absolutely adorable?
2. Craft cat tree ornaments
When my kids were little we created tree ornaments out of wire and beads. I think we even made some of the salt dough ornaments using cookie cutters and mad sculpting skills. I recently ran across this cute idea for colorful cat ornaments made using wooden craft spoons, seed beads, paint and other simple supplies. Even young children should be able to help whip up these festive felines! Here are the complete instructions.
3. Create a 2014 cat calendar
Every Christmas I create personalized calendars for family members on the Snapfish website. It's super easy and the photos upload quickly. You simply transfer pictures from your computer to an album on Snapfish, choose a style of calendar and then drag photos to each month's page. How fun would it be to create a an entire calendar based on your cats? And from what I remember, the calendars arrive quickly ... like within a week.
4. Build an outdoor shelter for feral cats
The winter months are a tough time for our feral friends. They sometimes can't find warm shelter and wind up having to endure frigid temps. It's incredibly easy and inexpensive to assemble a homemade cat house that will serve as a safe haven for cats seeking warmth and shelter.
This example is built using an 18-gallon rubber tote, styrofoam cooler, hay or straw, duct tape and a box cutter. It can be assembled quickly and then placed in areas where you've seen feral cats. If you don't know where to place them, contact a local shelter that supports T.N.R. (Trap-Neuter-Release) efforts.
During the time of year when we're in a particularly giving spirit, won't it feel nice to know you're giving ferals a little bit of comfort? Plus, what an excellent example to set for your children! Here are complete instructions for the shelter.
5. Donate supplies and toys to a shelter
Another way to give back to cats is to collect donations for your local shelter. Kids of any age can help choose treats and toys. And don't forget basic needs like bleach, towels and food. And maybe brings some treats to the shelter volunteers who work tirelessly to take care of and advocate for cats! And remember, this tradition can be a year-round one!
Do you have ideas for end-of-the-year cat-themed activities? Tell us about it in the comments!
About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in a comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.
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