Fork Painted Cat

Last week, we focused our learning activities and art around pets. This week, we will be continuing that theme. A few days ago we used a fork to paint a cat.

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Materials Needed

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Pink Construction Paper
  • White Construction/ Computer Paper
  • Paint (We used black and white mixed together)
  • Scissors
  • A Plastic Fork
  • Googly Eyes

Start by cutting out two triangles and several thin rectangles from the black paper. These will be the whiskers and the ears. Next, cut out a smaller pink triangle. This will be the nose. Lastly, get your paint into a small dish or a paper plate. We mixed black and white paint together so that the cat would be a dark gray, but you can use whatever colors you’d like.

Have your child use the fork to paint a circle on the paper. You may get an oval, you may get a square, or you may actually get a circle. If your child is still learning shapes, try drawing a circle on the paper and having your child just paint inside of it. Our daughter has an excellent understanding of shapes for her age, so we did not have to offer much guidance, but it is always best to adapt crafts to your child.

After the painting is done, this will need awhile to dry. We let ours dry for about 8 hours and it was still a bit wet, but dry enough to finish. Let your child place the googly eyes, whiskers, ears and nose. We always try to offer minimal guidance so that our toddler creates something that is unique to her.

The finished art project will be a cute cat that can be used as part of a preschool/ home school lesson or just as something fun to do.

Book Suggestions

We have had a few requests to include books that our crafts can be paired with. Here are some perfect books to read before or after this craft!

17 responses to “Fork Painted Cat”

  1. That is a really fun and unique idea. It is super cute! Kids would love this.

  2. The fork is such a great idea for something different to paint with. I wouldn’t have thought of that, but I’ll have to add a few to my boy’s craft/paint bin!

    1. We have done a few fork paintings and our little one just loves it!

  3. This is adorable! My daughter loves to craft and loves cats, so I always try to do cat crafts! I will try this one with her!

  4. Francisca Garreton Avatar
    Francisca Garreton

    This looks like a great activity for my little kids on wet winter days! I love to give them the opportunity to get creative together and this is just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Such a neat idea kid activity for the kids. It will them become more creative. love it! Although, I’m always thinking who is going to clean up all this mess? πŸ™‚

    1. This way of painting actually ends up making less mess than painting with a brush! I guess it could get messy if a little one starts flinging around the form, but our daughter behaves herself pretty well with art supplies.

  6. Angela Tolsma Avatar
    Angela Tolsma

    Oh I love the use of unique tools when painting. A fork definitely has a unique style and works perfectly for a cat!

  7. Super cute craft! I think my little boy would love that! We shall see if he does it!

  8. So cute! I loved making stuff like this as a kid. I will sure keep this in mind if I have one of my own. More art the better!

  9. I love the idea of using a fork! Can’t wait to see if my son loves it, too

    1. I hope he likes it as much as my daughter does. It is one of her favorite ways to paint!

  10. NaturalBeautyAndMakeup(Ana) Avatar

    This is so unique 😍 I am going to share this with my sister, her daughter will have so much fun creating this craft!

    1. I hope she enjoys it as much as our little one did!

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    This is such a cute project. My daughter will love it, perfect for a rainy day!!

  12. This sounds like a fun DIY for kids! I will enjoy doing this with my lil cousin! πŸ˜€

  13. How cute is this crafty cat. I love this. Great idea for the kids to keep busy for sure xx

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