During Pets week my PreK students did two different types of painting. They painted a dog after reading Dog’s Colorful Day and they painted a cat with yarn.
I found the Spot printable on A Special Kind of Class’s blog. I put out paint with q-tips and let the students fill in the spots as they wanted to after I gave the instructions to make him look like the dog in the book. Some students carefully used each color, some chose a couple colors, and some stopped towards the end and wanted help to figure out which color they had forgotten.
This was set up as a center activity. It was popular so I only had to ask a few students if they had a chance to do it yet to get everyone to have a turn. I do not make my students complete every center, but occasionally I want everyone to complete something so I can get some assessment information.
For our cat themed art I cut strips of yarn to dip in black, brown or orange paint. I used clothespins for the students to hold onto so they would not get quite such a mess of paint on their hands while working. Students put the yarn in the paint and then dragged it around on their cats. I suggest not cutting out the cats until they are dry; otherwise the cats will curl quite a bit while the paint dries.
My bulletin board background is a dollar store shower curtain with dogs and fire hydrants. Very light weight and easy to put up by yourself.
Books used during pets week include the following (all Amazon Affiliate links, which means I get a few pennies if you purchase through this link.) Note that the final book must be out of print as it is rather pricey; I got a copy quite a few years ago for my own kids and still have it:
We also had to have at least one great pet song from Signing Time, which is called “The Pets I Love.” We learned the signs and sang along.
Any favorites I missed?