His name is Flint but we call him the Kitten Prince. He has stolen our hearts.
He seems to have no control over his purr… which he does LOUDLY, whenever ANYONE comes near him. He might be in the middle of attacking a felt ball but, if he feels us near, he’ll PURR. It’s so funny. He can’t help it.
He’s Teddy’s kitty and Teddy has taken to looking after him with such diligence. After a few messy and smelly days with a regular kitty litter, we purchased an Omega self cleaning litter box which has made cat ablutions wonderfully clean and tidy.
Having a baby in the Sunny House is a precious gift and we are making the most of every moment of kitty love.
We’ve been blessed to have lots of baby animals in the Sunny House… a baby hummingbird, a baby squirrel and baby bunnies. Animals bring so much joy.
The highlight was the arrival of a new member of our family. He is Teddy’s first animal. We are calling him ‘Christmas Kitten’ at the moment because arriving on a ‘forever’ name has been quite a challenge for Teddy. He’s gone from Rex to Flint to Fin to Fox to Snakey and then back to Flint again.
He came from a local shelter and is the sweetest thing ever. We are IN LOVE!
My best thing about him is that he purrs like a bulldozer whenever get near to him. It makes us feel so loved.
There is something supremely satisfying for our children when they are able to make a tangible creation with their own two hands. It’s one of the things I love most about Waldorf education, this sense that kids can make whatever they want. I’ve seen the gift unfold often over the years. I have watched as they have toiled over handwork, woodwork, art. It’s not easy at first. But it’s wonderful to see that, with perseverance and encouragement, their little hands become more skilled and they grow in the confidence in their own ability. I’ve watched handwork turn into a love and a passion that I know they will both carry into adulthood. Lucky them!
Teddy knitted a cat the other day, all on his own. He thought he was the cleverest boy in the whole world. Just look at the photos of his face… do you see what a sense of accomplishment this project has given him? His eyes sparkle with triumph and he exudes ‘Yay!’.
I’ll share our easy knitting pattern, perfect for a child.
Teddy has become a proficient knitter. The entire project took him under an hour to complete.
With medium weight yarn, knit a square; 12 rows of 12 stitches. Here is a previous post we have shared on knitting with kids.
When your knitted square is complete, finger knit a 6 inch tail. Here is a previous post we shared on finger knitting with kids.
Here are the step-by-step instructions (drawings by Kitty).
3. Fold knitted square in half. Use your yarn to sew/thread the long edge together.
4. Use your yarn to sew/thread ONE short edge together.
5. Stuff your cat’s body with wool until he is nice and plump.
6. Finger knit a 6 inch tail for your cat. (Here’s an article on how to teach your children how to finger knit). Use your yarn to sew the tail onto the cat. Use a piece of red yarn to tie a bow around your cat’s neck. This yarn bow will form the cats head.
VOILA!! Your child has knitted a sweet and soft cat.