Present this simple preschool lesson plan that is all about kittens. Children love animals and will enjoy learning about kittens through kitten facts, a kitten craft, a kitten finger play, and preschool picture books about kittens. This lesson plan goes well with a theme about pets or animals.
Kitten and Cat Facts for Preschoolers
- A kitten is a young cat
- A kitten litter can contain 3 to 6 kittens
- A group of cats is called a clowder
- A male cat is called a tom and a female cat is called a molly
- Cats lick their coats to keep them clean.
- Kittens purr to let their mother know they are nearby and everything is fine
Kitten Paper Plate Mask
Materials: Paper plate, pipe cleaners, brown construction paper, stapler, scissors, popsicle sticks.
Instructions: encourage children to paint the paper plate brown. Allow to dry. Use scissors to cut out holes for eyes. Help children how to staple on pipe cleaners for whiskers. Cut brown triangles out for ears and show them how to glue them on the paper plate. Glue a popsicle stick on the bottom of the back of the plate.
Kitten Finger Play for Preschoolers
Teach the children the finger play “Five Little Kittens”*
Five little kittens standing in a row,
(Hold up five fingers.)
They nod their heads to the children so.
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.)
*”Five Kittens” taken from PreschoolEducation.com.
Preschool Books about Kittens
Share the following picture books about kittens with children:
- The Little Kitten by Judy Dunn and Phoebe Dunn (May 12, 1983)
- All About Cats and Kittens (Reading Railroad) by Emily Neye (Oct 25, 1999)
- Kitten (See How They Grow) by DK Publishing (Apr 16, 2007)
- Three Little Kittens (Folk Tale Classics) by Paul Galdone (Mar 21, 2011)
- The Berenstain Bears’ New Kitten (I Can Read Book 1) by Mike Berenstain and Jan Berenstain (May 22, 2007)
- Three Little Kittens by Jerry Pinkney (Sep 30, 2010)
- Marley and the Kittens by John Grogan and Richard Cowdrey (Apr 27, 2010)
- Clifford’s Kitten (Clifford 8×8) by Norman Bridwell (Jan 1, 1992)
- Carl and the Kitten (My Readers) by Alexandra Day (Nov 8, 2011)
Additionally, you may add a kitten math activity, or an alphabet writing and recognition activity. The key is to use your creativity when creating lesson plans and vary the activities, making sure they are developmentally appropriate.
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