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Black Cat Handprint Craft For Preschoolers

This black cat handprint craft is perfect for preschoolers and toddlers! It’s a fun way to explore the color black, learn a new word that starts with the letter “c” or even as a preschool Halloween craft. Use this handprint craft at home or in the classroom.

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Look how cute this black cat is made out of a handprint.

Black Cat Handprint Craft For Preschoolers

This cat handprint craft is not only fun, but a little messy. Who doesn’t love a good messy craft now and then! Kids will love seeing how their handprint is transformed into a cat.

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This handprint craft works well even with younger kids like toddlers with a little help.

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Supplies Needed To Make This Black Cat Craft

Directions To Make This Black Cat Craft from a Handprint

Step 1

For this project, your child’s hand will be the cat’s body, the pointer- pinky fingers will be legs and your child’s thumb will be the cats tail. Using black paint, paint your child’s hand completely black. Place it on your sheet of paper, making sure you have a good solid hand print.

Black cat handprint craft being made by a little girl in pink making black handprints on white paper
Make black handprints on the white paper and let it dry.

Step 2

Let them dry.

Step 3

While you are letting your hand prints dry, using the black paper, cut out some cat heads. Rory and I cut out a head with two cat ears, however, if you do not feel comfortable cutting out a head with ears, you can cut out one big circle for the head and two triangles for the ears.

Step 4

Have your pink paper and white pipe cleaners handy so you can cut out little noses and whiskers for your cats. For the noses, we cut out a rounded triangle, but just a regular triangle will work fine! We didn’t measure our white pipe cleaners; we thought it would be cute to have randomly cut and odd sized whiskers for our cats.

Step 5

Once the hand prints are all dry for your black cat craft, you can start gluing heads. Remember that the pointer through the pinky fingers will be the cat’s legs and your child’s thumb will be the tail! We glued our heads on the upper part of the hand, the opposite side of the tail.

black cat craft being made by gluing on a black head, googly eyes, and a pink nose.
Once the handprint is dry glue the head on along with the eyes, nose, and whiskers!

Step 6

We used glue to apply googly eyes to our black cat. We also applied glue slightly underneath the googly eyes and applied a pink nose (stressing the color pink).   Lastly, add a generous amount of glue to either sides of the nose for the whiskers. The white pipe cleaners take a lot of glue to stick, so don’t be shy!   Also, Rory loved to pull off the white pipe cleaners and then glue them back on again!

Step 7

We decided to cut them out and glue them to black and orange paper. We also wrote Happy Halloween, and I let Rory put spooky stickers on.

black cat halloween craft finished with Happy Halloween at the top, ghost stickers, candy stickers and a black handprint cat in the middle.
Don’t forget to add spooky stickers and Happy Halloween on it!

And that’s it! You now have your Scary Halloween Kitty’s! We hope you will be inspired to find more Halloween craft ideas.

Our Experience Making This Black Cat Handprint Craft

Rory is only 2, so I really don’t want to make any scary Halloween decorations, so I have some Halloween craft ideas to make some cute and fun  decorations over the next few weeks!

Many of you may know that our house is a zoo; with 2 dogs and 3 cats. When Rory saw a black cat in our Halloween books, she was kind of confused!  

She wasn’t sure why a black cat was grouped with the pumpkins, ghosts, and mummy’s. She now thinks all cats are for Halloween, and calls our cats (which non of them are black) her bad Halloween kitty’s.

I have been trying to tell her that just black kitty’s are for Halloween, because they are so crazy and wild, but she still things that all kitty’s are for Halloween.

So we decided to emphasize the black kitty’s by making a Halloween craft with black cats of our own to decorations around the house and to send to Mimi and Papa!

We also doubled this Halloween craft idea as a counting and color activity. There aren’t many colors in this project, just black, white, and pink; but repetition always helps. We also counted everything. Our finger prints, eyes, nose, whiskers, ears, anything we could on the cats.

Materials

  • construction paper
  • white paper
  • black paint
  • googly eyes
  • pink paper for noses
  • white pipe cleaners
  • glue
  • optional stickers

Instructions

  1. For this project, your child’s hand will be the cat’s body, the pointer- pinky fingers will be legs and your child’s thumb will be the cats tail. Using black paint, paint your child’s hand completely black. Place it on your sheet of paper, making sure you have a good solid hand print.
  2. Let them dry.
  3. While you are letting your hand prints dry, using the black paper, cut out some cat heads. Rory and I cut out a head with two cat ears, however, if you do not feel comfortable cutting out a head with ears, you can cut out one big circle for the head and two triangles for the ears.
  4. Have your pink paper and white pipe cleaners handy so you can cut out little noses and whiskers for your cats. For the noses, we cut out a rounded triangle, but just a regular triangle will work fine! We didn’t measure our white pipe cleaners; we thought it would be cute to have randomly cut and odd sized whiskers for our cats.
  5. Once the hand prints are all dry for your black cat craft, you can start gluing heads. Remember that the pointer through the pinky fingers will be the cat’s legs and your child’s thumb will be the tail! We glued our heads on the upper part of the hand, the opposite side of the tail.
  6. We used glue to apply googly eyes to our black cat. We also applied glue slightly underneath the googly eyes and applied a pink nose (stressing the color pink).   Lastly, add a generous amount of glue to either sides of the nose for the whiskers. The white pipe cleaners take a lot of glue to stick, so don’t be shy!   Also, Rory loved to pull off the white pipe cleaners and then glue them back on again!
  7. We decided to cut them out and glue them to black and orange paper. We also wrote Happy Halloween, and I let Rory put spooky stickers on.

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How did your black cat handprint craft turn out? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!



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