October 27 is National Black Cat Day. Black cats have gotten a bad wrap over the course of history as bringing bad luck or being familiars of witches but they are really just like any other cat.
My family has owned several almost totally black cats over the years as well as many other tabby cats. We never felt the black cats brought any more prosperity or negative luck to our homes as the traditions and myths surrounding them differ from culture to culture.
|Misty with Buffy the Mouse.|
One of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe stories is The Black Cat. If you get the chance to visit the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA, you can see the basement that might have been the inspiration for the famous tale.
|Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site Basement|
|False chimney place in the basement resembles that in the story The Black Cat.|
Since black cats are so often associated with Halloween thanks to numerous movies, books, and television shows, my children created their own black cats to decorate our front door for the holiday. These black cats could be created for any cat lesson and be changed to any color you or your children wish.
1. Gather all the materials. Depending on the age of your children, you can pre-cut the ears, nose, eyes, tail, whiskers, and feet or they can do that during the actual craft time.
2. Color or paint the two paper plates the color of your cats.
3. Start attaching all the pieces of the paper plates.
4. Attach the two paper plates together. Attach the tale, ears, and feet onto the back with tape.
5. Display completed project.
I heart Crafty things' Paper Plate Cat Craft
Danielle's Place's Cat and Kitten Craft for Kids
Crafts by Amanda's Paper Plate Black Cat
Not to leave out the other cats that we have owned here are their photographs. Do you have any pet cats? Please share in the comments.
|Mac - brother to Rumple and Skimble|
|Rumple - brother to Mac and Skimble|
|Skimble - sister to Mac and Rumple|