I keep finding the cutest cardboard crafts for kids at this site called Krokotak.com. They seem to have a knack for collecting really original ideas, which is not easy these days.
I love how this project lets artists of all ages use yarn in a creative way. I tried this in my art camp which has kinder through 4th graders, and they all loved customizing their little cardboard kitties. In the end, some found the wire whiskers a little difficult to poke and attach. Drawing them with a black marker was fine too.
- Corrugated cardboard, 3.5″ x 7″ rectangles, cut to kitten shapes shown
- Black Sharpie markers
- White Sharpie paint marker
- Wire or pipe cleaners
PREP: I pre-cut kitten shapes shown as it takes an adult scissors to cut through the corrugated cardboard.
- Students start by drawing the face with black marker. White markers are used to fill in the eyes.
- The entire cat is rubbed with a peeled crayon for added color.
- A notch is cut on the neck with a scissors. One end of a 7 yard or so piece of yarn is tucked and wrapped around, taking care to go under the middle notch when it is reached.
- Holes are punched in the cheeks with a pencil and wires or pipe cleaners stuck in for whiskers.