Activities for Kids

Get your own paws dirty and have some fun with these crafty ideas!

Yarn balls for feline friends
Rope toys for canine companions
Tasty treat recipes for dogs
Activity sheets
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Yarn balls for feline friends

Remember to ask your parent's or guardian's permission before making these toys or giving them to your pets to play with. Cats should always be supervised when playing with this toy. (Parents: It is your responsibility to ensure that this project and this toy are appropriate for your child and your pet.)

  1. Start with two round, lightweight, flexible cardboard pieces, about 4 ¼ inches across, with a hole cut out in the center about 1 ½ inches across.
  2. Wind yarn into 5 to 7 little balls, small enough to fit through the center hole of the cardboard pieces. You can use different colored yarns for a multi-colored ball.
    yarn ball step 1
  3. Hold the flat cardboard rings together. Wind the yarn tightly around the ring, pushing the ball through the center as you wind around the surface of the ring. Continue until all balls of yarn have been wound around the rings.
    yarn ball step 2
    yarn ball step 3
  4. Cut the yarn around the outer edges by carefully sliding the blades of the scissors between the two flat cardboard pieces. Cut the yarn by keeping the blades of the scissors between the cardboard pieces so that the yarn is cut evenly.
    yarn ball step 4
  5. Before removing the cardboard pieces, slip a piece of yarn between the rings and tie it tightly around the cut yarn. Pull the yarn to the opposite side of the ball and tie tightly again, then repeat on the first side, tying 2-3 times to make the ball as secure as possible.
    yarn ball step 5
  6. Pull off the card rings and fluff out the ball. Trim off any straggly ends on the yarn and cut the tie strings to match the length of the ball yarn.
    yarn ball step 6
  7. It is that easy! Just add cats or kittens for endless, and cruelty-free, fun.
    yarn ball finished

Learn more about cat toys.

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Rope toys for canine companions

Remember to ask your parent's or guardian's permission before making these toys or giving them to your pets to play with. Dogs should always be supervised when playing with this toy. Read more about dog toys. (Parents: It is your responsibility to ensure that this project and this toy are appropriate for your child and your pet.)

  1. Cut strips of cloth or fleece into 2-inch x 24-inch strips.
  2. Choose 3 strips and gather into one bunch.
  3. Tie one end of the bunch into a solid knot.
  4. Have a friend hold the end with the knot so that you can make your braid tight.
  5. Braid strips normally and as tight as possible.
  6. Continue to braid until you reach the end of the strips. Knot firmly again.

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Tasty treat recipes for dogs

Some dogs have allergies, so always check with your parent or guardian or the dog's guardian before giving any treat to your or another dog.

Canine Carrot Cookies

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 cup mashed cooked carrots
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, and wheat germ.
  2. In another bowl, mix oil, egg, molasses, and carrots.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir.
  4. Form dough into little balls about an inch in width. Place them on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Smush each ball with a fork or cookie stamp.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees until crunchy.

Almond-Carrot Gingerbread

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  1. Mix together flour and baking powder.
  2. Add all the additional ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spoon into cupcake cups or the mini loaf pans, filling 3/4 full. Smooth the tops with a spoon.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve within a day or two or refrigerate to keep for a couple days longer.

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