I happen to have two kitties who are in my lap as I type this. I've been a cat owner for the past 25 years, and yet I've not had a cat flannel board set! Thanks to a recent request from a librarian, I was able to make this stinkin' cute set :)
So many ways to use this set! You can pass out the cats and ask the kids to bring them up by color, and use position words like over, under, next to, above and below as you ask them to place them on the board. Doing a color theme or story time? Ask the kids with a cat the color of a night sky, or a violet, or dirt, (or whatever clever ideas you have) to bring their cat up. Increase their visual discrimination skills--"If you have a sleeping cat, bring it to the flannel board!"
I've also come up with a rhyme for using five of these:
Five Little Kitty Cats
Five little kitty cats sleeping on the floor
One pounced away, and now there are four!
Four little kitty cats, cute as can be,
One leapt away, and now there are three!
Three little kitty cats, hunters through and through,
One caught a mouse, and now there are two!
Two little kitty cats, basking in the sun,
One slinked away, and now there's only one!
One little kitty cat got up to stretch and yawn,
I looked away...and now he's gone!
Thinking about doing this with puppies too!
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