|Cat dough ..
This activity idea can help to explore pattern,
position, colour naming, colour mixing, problem solving, how things fit
together and cats.
Give your dough stripes, patches, splodges and whiskers..
You will need a quantity
Using the same cup or mug for measurement fill it full with plain flour,
half fill again with salt and then fill 3/4 with water.
Place all into a saucepan.
Add a heaped teaspoon of cream of tartar and 1 tablespoon of oil.
Once cooked add hand cream or a heavier moisturiser and food colourings.
With all ingredients in a saucepan, cook, stiring continuously over heat
until the dough forms a ball and is no longer sticky.
Turn out onto a suitable surface and leave to cool a little.
Add an amount of moisturising cream and knead again.
Separate the dough into four sections.
Leave one plain, add black food colouring to the second section.
Yellow and a little red to the third and red, green + yellow to the fourth.
Knead each well until the colouring is even.
Introduce variety by mixing a small section of each dough section togther.
Print and laminate a cat face outline - image link below and use where
necessary to guide pattern making.
Add jingle bells and cut strands from a clean broom head / cut up
black straws for whiskers.
Cat face outline
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Offer a range of dough colours to your children, mix more and chat about
the cats the children know.
Do staff have cats they could bring photos in to show, do children
Discuss what cats do - if they purr, clean and lick their fur, fluff
their tails up and meow.
of cat breeds from wikipedia
Simon's Cat films page
With thanks to Haworth Cat
rescue for the kittens and tabby photos xx
Ginger / orange cat photo copyright iStock ©