Use the following ideas to create simple gifts for four-legged friends this Christmas—or consider having kids take these gifts to a shelter to donate.
- 2 feet of 1/2 cotton rope per child (available at hardware and crafts stores),
- dried catnip (available at pet stores),
- brightly colored children’s socks,
- cotton fill,
- gently used tube socks, and
- nontoxic permanent markers
Time: About 30 minutes
Elementary + Preteen Craft: Gifts for Our Four-Legged Friends
Chewies (for dogs): Have kids tie a knot at each end of a 2-foot length of cotton rope.
Catnip Delights (for cats): Have kids fill the toes of a child’s sock with dried catnip. Then have them tie the opening tightly shut.
Play Buddies (for cats and dogs): Have kids fill the foot of a tube sock with cotton fill. Then have them tie off the opening tightly and fold the sock over itself. Using nontoxic permanent markers, have kids draw a face on the sock below the sock cuff.
Place all the gifts for our four-legged friends in a large basket and donate them to a local pet shelter. You could also look for a non-profit that helps people in need care for their pets. If children are giving their pets these presents, consider wrapping them with a bow to make it extra special!
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