Our playful Slinky Cat Craft is so easy and fun to make, with the cat template giving children the option to create their own feline design in colors and patterns of their choosing. Using very simple and easy to cut out shapes, the slinky cat craft encourages children to craft and create independently. This cat craft is especially good for preschoolers who beginning to hone their fine motor skills.

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Slinky Cat Craft

Our playful Slinky Cat Craft is so easy and fun to make, with the cat template giving children the option to create their own feline design in colors and patterns of their choosing. Whether your children prefer cats over dogs or dogs over cats, we have both preferences covered. Our slinky cat craft can made alongside slinky dog, inspiring play with creativity!

Using very simple and easy to cut out shapes, the slinky cat craft encourages children to craft and create independently. This cat craft is especially good for preschoolers who beginning to hone their fine motor skills. 

The design element of the craft gives children the opportunity to tap into their creativity. Will they give their cats tabby stripes, tuxedo markings or even rainbow spots? Perhaps children could design their own catty best friend or use their own cat as inspiration.

Our playful Slinky Cat Craft is so easy and fun to make, with the cat template giving children the option to create their own feline design in colors and patterns of their choosing. Using very simple and easy to cut out shapes, the slinky cat craft encourages children to craft and create independently. This cat craft is especially good for preschoolers who beginning to hone their fine motor skills.

How to Make the Slinky Cat Craft

Materials

  • Colored Card Stock 
  • Marker Pens 
  • Pencil
  • Scissors 
  • Glue Stick

Download the Slinky Cat Template

Image showing the slinky cat template and materials.

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Image showing the cat elements of the template cat out and ready for tracing.

Cut out the Slinky Cat Template Elements

To begin the slinky cat craft, cut out the cat elements from the template and trace onto colored card stock. 

Alternatively, children can color in the template in colors and patterns of their choosing. If they choose this option, make sure the template is printed onto white card stock.

Image showing the cut out cat template elements of traced pieces.

Image showing extra markings drawn onto the legs and face, creating the appearance of a cat.

Add Some Cute Cat Markings and Assemble the Cat

Using colored marker pens, personalise the cat with markings, a line for leg dividers, whiskers and a smiley cat mouth.

Color in the cats eyes and add little lines to the paws to create cat claws.

Image showing markings being added to the cats ears in the form of black spots.

Assembling the Cat

Layer the triangles to create cat ears and glue the features to the circle shape.

Affix the semi-circles to the feet.

Glue the the tail to the cats back legs and the head to the front legs.

Image showing two strips of card stock at a 90 degree angle to create an accordion spring.

Make an Accordion Fold – Paper Spring/Slinky

Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut out two even strips of colored paper. Strips of card do give a better bounce but are a bit trickier for kids to fold, so if you give card a go, a bit of adult help might be needed!

To create the right sized strip, we recommend cutting the paper from the shortest side of an A4 piece of paper – or the longest side of a piece of card – and making the strips at least an inch or so wide. 

Take the two strips and position them in a 90° angle, like the corner of a picture frame (as shown above), and glue the connecting papers together.

Fold the bottom strip over the top and crease the fold along the edge. This will make the accordion fold nice and tight!

Image showing front and back of cat with a completed accordion paper spring.

Continue this process, folding the bottom over the top and creasing, until all the paper has been folded up. 

Then seal the ends with glue so your accordion fold doesn’t come undone.

Our playful Slinky Cat Craft is so easy and fun to make, with the cat template giving children the option to create their own feline design in colors and patterns of their choosing. Using very simple and easy to cut out shapes, the slinky cat craft encourages children to craft and create independently. This cat craft is especially good for preschoolers who beginning to hone their fine motor skills.

Affix the Slinky to the Cat

Glue one end of the accordion fold to the front of the slinky cat and other to its back. 

The cat’s body will retract and contract to create a wonderful movement that brings the slinky cat craft to life. 

To make the slinky cat longer, simply create more springs and attach them to each other.

Our playful Slinky Cat Craft is so easy and fun to make, with the cat template giving children the option to create their own feline design in colors and patterns of their choosing. Using very simple and easy to cut out shapes, the slinky cat craft encourages children to craft and create independently. This cat craft is especially good for preschoolers who beginning to hone their fine motor skills.

The Slinky Cat Craft is Complete

The slinky cat craft is now complete! I hope your Arty Crafty Kids enjoy making and designing their cats. As always, we love to see their finished creations, so if you happen to share, please do tag us on social media!

If your children would like another cat themed craft to try, take a look at our Newspaper Cool Cat Art and 3D Paper Cat Craft.

Our playful Slinky Cat Craft is so easy and fun to make, with the cat template giving children the option to create their own feline design in colors and patterns of their choosing. Using very simple and easy to cut out shapes, the slinky cat craft encourages children to craft and create independently. This cat craft is especially good for preschoolers who beginning to hone their fine motor skills.

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