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Two girls sitting on the ground. Each one is holding an end of a dog chew toy they just made during their activity to make four-legged friend gifts.
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Elementary + Preteen Craft: Gifts for Our Four-Legged Friends

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.


Materials

  • 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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