This will always be remembered as day we invited our cat to Poetry Tea Time. We made cat cookies, and we laughed, and we made good memories.
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We picked up cat ears in the Dollar Spot and costume section at Target. Most of the cat ears were quite girly, so my son's were actually labeled, "Wolf Ears." He has a great imagination, so we went with it.
My oldest had a Cat Birthday party last year, so we had a few things left over from the party, like the yarn balls (Styrofoam balls covered in yarn). I printed the paw prints from a random Pinterest pin.
The cat cookies are really what I would consider a total Pinterest Fail, if you could only see what we were trying to make. Lol. However, the kids had a great time and we all cracked up when my son made the "cat poopy" cookies.
Our cat isn't usually allowed to eat with us at the table, but it seemed fitting for our Kitty Cat Poetry Tea to include our kitten, Ethel. My favorite moment was when my kids did "Cheers" and it surprised our cat enough that she stopped drinking her saucer of milk to watch.
I found all the cat poetry books through our library. The Haiku books, Won Ton and Won Ton and Chopstick, were so very cute and purrfect for elementary aged kids. The White Cat and the Monk was a sweet book too, based on an old Irish poem "Pangur Ban." Binky the Space Cat is a graphic novel that we actually ended up reading that night at bedtime. My son thought it was really funny that Binky thought bugs were aliens.
The I Could Pee On This poem book had some cute and funny poems, but has a few adult words, so you'll want to pre-select your reading from that one for elementary age kids. I did find plenty that were worth reading to the kids.
Kitty Cat Poetry Tea Time was a success. So much fun.