There's no need to visit expensive pet stores for a new toy for your feline! Simply show your child how to make these catnip mice from the comfort of her very own home. Your child will improve her hand-eye coordination as she constructs these fun kitty playthings, and your cat will be ever so grateful! Oh, and here's the best part: You will finally have a use for all of those mate-less socks in the laundry room!
What You Need:
- Small sock
What You Do:
- Ask your child to stuff the sock with catnip. Make sure she knows that she does not need to stuff the whole sock; just fill it until it looks "mouse-shaped."
- Have her form the filled sock into a mouse-like shape, and then trim off the excess sock.
- Help her sew up the open end of the sock, using a needle and thread of any color.
- With your child, cut two mouse ears from felt, and stitch them neatly to the side of the mouse's head.
- Using the yarn, slip your needle into the stitched-shut edge to make a tail. Invite your child to trim the yarn to her desired length. A tail of about a couple inches is ideal, but there's no need to be precise about the measurements.
- Have your child make two knots in the yarn to represent the mouse's eyes.