For cats that love to run and pounce (and what cat doesn’t?) this fabric chase toy is likely to be a huge hit! It’s so easy to make that even young children will be able to construct them, using a not-too-sharp needle. Your little one will improve her important hand-eye coordination skills as she cuts and sews! If you don’t already have leftover fabric scraps, consider rooting through your Goodwill bags or visiting the inexpensive scrap section of a local fabric store.
- Ask your child to thread her needle with a long piece of thread, around 2 feet, and tie a knot securely at one end. This activity is an appropriate time to introduce your amateur seamstress to the basics of sewing. If she’s unfamiliar with how to thread a needle or other beginning sewing techniques, use this opportunity to teach her how!
- Using the needle, have her carefully pierce each fabric square in the approximate center of the square. She should slide each square down the thread.
- Have her continue this process until the string of fabric squares reaches her desired length.
- Lastly, help your child tie a knot to secure the fabric scraps and keep them from moving around too much on the string.
Discuss: Why do adults not play as much as children?
Quiz: Why do we like to play?