Saturday, January 23, 2016

DIY Cat Toy: A Fun Craft for Kids!

This adorable "cat scratch toy" is a fun craft for kids.  It's fairly simple to make, and it requires fine motor skills and dexterity, which make it therapeutic!  Anyone who has a kitten or cat will be motivated to make this for their pet.

Materials Needed: Various buttons, Styrofoam mold (pictured: sphere), colorful pipe cleaners, and a hot glue gun.
  1. Begin wrapping pipe cleaners at the base of Styrofoam applying glue as you go. Use caution with the hot glue to prevent burns. Provide close supervision if a child is a assisting.
  2. You may wish to alternate colors.
  3. Thread several pipe cleaners through the holes of the buttons. 
  4. Once the ball is completely covered, take the pipe cleaners with the buttons and stick them into the foam.
  5. Twist the pipe cleaners into any shape or angle that you prefer.  Ta da…you’ve made a fun toy for your cat! 
The project above was completed by one of our Master's of Occupational Therapy students at 
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and posted with permission.


  1. Great share, I will have to let my kids try this project out.

  2. Great share, I will have to let my kids try this project out.

  3. Hi your blog is very informative. Nice tips share by you to make cats toys. Cats are like kids so, they like to play with toys. Cats always need our care and attention. For cat lovers cat toys are best option to make their cats happy. It also helps cats keep fit and active. To buy online cat toys go to Pets Department.


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