I Love Cats by Barney Saltzberg is about all of the different cats out there to love! There are “stripey cats, spotted cats, cats that count drips; climbing cats, scaredy cats, cats that do flips . . .” All kinds of wonderful cats appear on every page of this great read-aloud. The illustrations are perfect for toddlers and the text is simple, yet varied.
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming is all about a Mama cat and her three kittens – Fluffy, Skinny, and Boris. Fluffy and Skinny tend to listen and follow their Mama but Boris always naps! Well…he naps UNTIL his siblings and his Mama are ready to nap; once they’re asleep he wakes up and POUNCES! This is a classic story about one little kitten who purrs to the beat of his own drum.
Flannel Board We Shared
Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row
They nod their heads to the children so
They run to the left, they run to the right
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
Along comes a dog, who is in for some fun
MEEOOOOWWWW, SEE THOSE KITTENS RUN!
REPEAT & count down…
Credit: Los Angeles Public Library
Where is Tippy Toes? Hide & Seek Game
The children had to help me look for my kitty cat, Tippy Toes!
I placed six different colored blankets and hid a black and white kitty named Tippy Toes beneath one of them. I also hid a bird, a dog, a rabbit and a frog beneath four of the other blankets. Each round, I had one child pick a color blanket to look beneath and we’d ask, as a group:
“Where is Tippy Toes? I bet [child’s name] knows!” The children had fun uncovering Tippy Toes and ALL of the other animals!
Five little kittens (hand in fist OR place flannel kittens on board one by one)
All black and white
All through the night
Meow meow meow meow meow (raise each finger individually OR remove each flannel kitten individually)
It’s time to get up now.
Credit: Pierce County Library