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Paw Prints Poem for Dog Lovers

Adoption Day Printable  - Great to use at pet adoption events - www.daniellesplace.com

Add a picture of the owner's dog, and dog's paw prints and this "Happy Adoption Day!" printout will make a great gift for any new dog owner.

Paw Prints

Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I don't come when you call
And I leave my tiny paw prints
On your furniture and walls.
But I am quickly growing
Learning to listen and obey
Soon I'll be your trusted companion
Shadowing you throughout the day.
So here's my tiny paw prints
For you to hang on your wall,
They can be a reminder
That love and patience
Is good for us all.
©2012, Carolyn Warvel

Member's card pattern

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Free - Scottie Dog Shapes Paper Craft with Moving Tongue - Experimenting with Shapes

Scottie Dogs with Moving Tongues Paper Craft using polygons

Children will enjoy experimenting with shapes to make a unique dogs. They can cut out the shapes and glue them together to make a dog running, sitting, or walking. Have your children see how many different poses they can come up with.

What you will need:

Card stock (Heavy Paper)

Crayons or Harkers

Hole Punch

Brass Brad



What to do:

scottie animated gif

1. Print out the Patterns onto card stock (Heavy Paper) (Printing Problems?)

2. Cut out the patterns and color them.

3. If you want to add a moveable tongue to the head pattern, punch a hole in the head pattern and the tongue pattern on the "Xs". Attach the tongue to the head pattern with a brass brad.

scottie dog paper craft

4. To finish the head, fold in the tabs on the sides and place glue on them. Then fold the pattern in half pressing down on the glued area. Glue ears, eyes, eyebrows, and a nose to the head. Glue the head to the body rectangle.

You can also make the dog stand up if you cut a rectangle twice the size of the patten and fold it in half. The folded side is the dog's back. Glue two legs to each side of the dog.

You can also use a brad to make the dog's tongue moveable. Place a note or other important message in its mouth as a reminder to do something. Have your children make notes about what they are learning or write messages and place them in the dog's mouth and take them home to share with their parents.

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Suggested Books to go along with this craft:


"Just Dog" by Kiawyn Oram

Just Dog book for Children

Dog wanted a name. Everyone called him just Dog, but he wanted a special name like Digger or Barker. He did everything he could think of to get their attention. He dug in the yard so they would call him "Digger", and he barked at everything so they would call him "Barker", but none of his efforts paid off. All they called him was "Bad Dog" and "Be quiet, Dog". Finally he decided to think and come up with a better plan. Dog realized he was getting the wrong kind of attention and instead did things to help and behaved himself. Soon his owners started to notice. He was so good that they decided to give him a "good dog's name", but when they started thinking of names like "Sweetheart", "Honeybuns", or "Pudding Face" Dog just couldn't help it and started barking his head off. Those weren't the kinds of names he wanted and decided he was happy with just "Dog" after all.

Discussion Questions for the Book

  1. What is your dog's name?
  2. How did your dog get its name?
  3. Do you think your dog likes its name?
  4. Did your dog earns its name?
  5. What would be a better name for your dog?
  6. Do you know how to spell your dog's name?
  7. Where did you get your dog?
  8. What part of the story is depicted on the cover of the book?
  9. Have you ever done something you weren't supposed to do to get attention? What were the consequences?
  10. What did Dog do to get positive attention and a name? What can you do to get positive attention instead of negative attention? Help your child come up with a better plan.
  11. When do you like to get attention or have your parents notice you?



Fun Learning Activities to go Along With the Book "Just Dog"

Vocabulary Words

New Words Learning Activity using a Paper Cup Dog Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

1. Make the Scottie Dog Craft above, the Dog Holding a Note Card Craft or the Faithful Dog Craft below. Have your child write down the words he didn't know from the book "Just Dog" on stripes of 2" x 4" paper or on bone shapes and place them in the dog's mouth. Have him say the words as he puts them in. If he does not know one, have him place it in the back of the pile of words and keep playing until he knows all the words.

2. Make the Scottie Dog Craft above, the Dog Holding a Note Card Craft or the Faithful Dog Craft below. Write the words your child didn't know in the book "Just Dog" on strips of paper or dog bone shapes and hide them around the room. Have your children help the dog find the words and say the words as he finds them, and then place them in the dog's mouth.

Think about Good and Bad Attention

1. Talk about how everyone likes to get attention and be noticed, but that sometimes parents are very busy and can't always give their children all the attention they want. Talk about some things parents must do that takes attention away from their children such as: talk on the phone, pay the bills, answer the door, work, etc. Discuss what your child can do when you can't give him or her attention right away such as writing note so he doesn't forget his question, tapping on your arm to let you know he needs your attention and then waiting quietly until you can help him, or offering to help you with the chores so that his or her parents have more time to give attention, etc.



Stand-up Dogs Craft - Eight Different Breeds with Information Sheets!

Dog Paper Craft for Children - 3D Paper Standup Dog Crafts from www.daniellesplace.com


Children will enjoy creative play with these stand-up dogs. They can set up their own pet shop and hand out information about each bread, or advise their customers about what bread would be best for them.

Encourage your children to make a pet store sign and stock their store with animals and pet supplies. Provide play money, a cash register, and other things that might make it look more like a pet store.

If you aren't familiar with the breeds of dog, find pictures them on the Internet and encourage your child to color them according to how each bread actually looks.

dog Information Sheets

What you will need:

Card stock



paper glue (Elmer's Rubber Cement)

Colored Pencils


How to Make The Stand-up Dogs:

Dog directions 1

1. Print out on the patterns onto card stock. Some of the patterns can be printed on a black and white printer to save money. (Printable Patterns are available to members.)

2. Color the tongues red.

3. Cut the lines that have been highlighted with red as shown in the picture to the right, and the outline of the dog.

dog Directions 2

4. Fold up on the center dotted line (Picture Number 2 on left). The printed side of the pattern will not be visible.

5. Fold the two tabs down at the neck and the two dotted lines on the dog's back (Picture Number 3 on right.) down so the the printed side of the pattern is now visible.

Dog Directions 3

6. Glue the fold closed. You can also staple the fold from the inside to make it more secure.

7. Glue the tabs together at the neck. If there are no tabs just glue the top part of the neck closed.

8. Glue one tail to the inside of one side of the body pattern and then glue the other to the other side matching the tail up. Glue the ends of the tails together.

9. Glue a head to one side of the body and then the other head to the opposite side matching them up.

Patterns for These Dogs and the Information Sheet are available to members only. Dog Breads include: Poodle, Basset Hound, Westie, Dalmation, Dachshund, Cocker Spaniel, Scottie Dog, and Bull Terrier.



Paw Print Drinking Straw Frame Craft for Kids

Paw Print Drinking Straw Frame Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Neon Colored Straws

Neon Color Multipurpose Paper

Tacky Glue

Cardboard from a Cereal Box or Other Box

Ruler, Pencil, Tape, and Scissors


How to Make Paw Print Drinking Straw Frame:

1. Cut a piece of cardboard 8" x 8" and then measure in 2" on each side and cut out the 4" x 4" square in the middle of the cardboard.

2. Start at the left side of the frame and work to the right. Place glue all along the left edge and in about 2". Pull out the bendable part to make the straws as long as possible. Place the first straw at the left edge of the frame. Place another straw up against the first straw, but place it so that the bendable ridges are on the opposite sides of the frame. If you are using straws without the bendable part, you don't have to worry about this. Keep the straws even at the top of the frame. When the glue dries you can cut off the straws at the bottom of the frame. Keep placing straws all the way across, covering small sections of the frame with glue at a time.

3. While the frame dries you can print out the paw prints pattern (below). Print them on different colors of paper and cut them out leaving some color around the edges.

4. To finish glue the paw prints to the frame and tape a picture to the back.

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Paw Print Patterns

The paw print patterns are available to members and as a digital download. This download includes eight pages of both blank paw prints and white paw prints. Print them on colored paper to make different colored paw prints. Included:

printable paw prints

One page 3/4" black paw prints
One page 3/4" white paw print
One page of 1 1/2" black paw prints
One page of 1 1/2" white paw prints
One page of 1 1/2" both black and white paw prints
One page of 2 1/2" white paw prints
One page of 3 3/4" white paw prints
One page of 5 1/2" white paw prints


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"Give a Dog a Bone" Foam Cup Dog Craft and Math Learning Activity for Preschool

Foam Cup Dog Craft for Children from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

16 oz. and 8.5 oz foam cup

Card stock (Heavy Paper)


Black pompom for the nose

Pink paper

Tacky glue or tape

Black Sharpie Marker


How to Make the Foam Cup Dog

1. To make the dog's head and mouth squeeze the top of the smaller cup to make creases at the sides of the cup as shown in the picture.

2. Turn the large cup upside down and glue the smaller cup sideways onto the bottom of the larger cup as shown in the picture.

3. Draw ear shapes, arm shapes and bone shapes onto the white card stock and cut them out. (A Pattern for this craft is available to members.) Glue the ears to the sides of the smaller cup and the arms to the larger cup under the head.

4. Glue a black pompom onto the top, rim of the "head" cup.

5. Cut a large tongue from pink paper and glue it to the inside of the smaller cup.

6. To finish draw feet and eyes onto the cups with a permanent marker.

Math Counting Activity for Preschool Children

Give ten children in your class a paper bone shape and sing the "This Old Man" song. When you get to the part "give a dog a bone" have one child put a bone in the dog's mouth. As the child places the bone in the dog's mouth the other children should continue singing. When they sing "This old man came rolling home" have them make a rolling motion with their hands moving their hands around each other in front of them. When you are finished with the song have your children help you count all the bones in the dog's mouth by taking one out at a time.



"I Have Fleas" Printable Itty Bitty Book

"I Have Fleas" Printable Itty Bitty Book for Children - Children will love learning to read with this fun Itty Bitty Book

I Have Fleas!

A flea!
How could that be?
There is a flea on me!

Can you see?
There's a flea on me.
It's smaller than a pea.

That flea, he doesn't know me.
I hate fleas!
They are worse than a disease.
Wouldn't you agree?

Oh, no, now there are three!
This just can't be.
Give me a  bath, ASAP!

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Playful Puppy Foam Marshmallow Craft for Kids

Dog Craft for children made with Foam Marshmallows from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Foam Marshmallows


Craft Foam or Felt for the ears

Sharpie Magic Markers or Paint Marker Pens

Sharp Knife (Adults only)





How to Make Playful Puppy Foam Marshmallow Craft:

foam  marshmallow dog instuctions piccture

1. Glue two foam marshmallows together (flat sides together) for the body.

foam marshmallow craft diagram picture

2. To make the legs cut one marshmallow in half long ways and then cut both half pieces in half again the same way. Cut a wedge-shaped piece off of the ends of the two pieces to make the back legs as shown in the picture on the left. The cut should be opposite for the left leg. Glue them to the body as shown with the rounded sides out. The dogs rear is up in the air. You can make him lying flat with his legs out to the side if you would like.

3. Glue the other two leg pieces to the front as shown in the picture.

4. To make the head cut a slit down the middle of a marshmallow on the flat side about 1 cm deep. Make another slit from the round side meeting the cut in the center as shown in the picture to the right. Glue the head onto the body as shown.

5. Cut a wedge shape for the tail from another marshmallow and glue to the back.

6. Cut ears from fun foam and glue to the head. Draw on the eyes, nose, and mouth with a permanent marker.

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Faithful Dog Pringle's Potato Chip Bank

Dog Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

This craft uses a small Pringle's Can and a paper pattern. A pattern and directions for this craft are available on The Resource Room.

This craft goes along with the Sunday School lesson "Fruit of the Spirit Lesson 7 - Faith". In this lesson children learn from the story of Daniel that when they are faithful in the little things, they will also be faithful in the bigger things.

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3D Folded Paper Dog Crafts for Kids

3D Folded Paper Dog Crafts - Includes 5 different Breads from www.daniellesplace.com


Children will love playing with these stand-up dog figures.

bulldog folded 3D paper Bible  Craft for kids

Print out the patterns, color, cut them out, fold, and glue them together.

Patterns include a Dalmatian, Basset Hound, Scottie Dog, Poodle, and a Bulldog.

Patterns and directions for these dogs are available on The Resource Room. They go with the Sunday School Lesson Series "Watchdogs". In this series of five lessons children learn that they should keep watch over what they say and do.

This craft is also available as a instant digital download:


Instand Download $2.00 - Include 11 Pages - 5 different dog bread in black and white for coloring and colored patterns.

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Expanding Rhyming Words Book

Expanding Dog Picture Rhyming Words Learning Activity from www.daniellesplace.com

Children learning to read will enjoy making this book. Fold the book and help your child think of words that rhyme with dog such as: log, jog, hog, fog, bog, frog, and smog.

Write the words above the dog. As your child opens the book, have him read the words until he can do it without missing any.

A pattern and direction for this craft is available on The ABC, I Believe Lessons.

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No More Whining Dog Craft

3D Paper Dog Craft Kids Can Make www.daniellesplace.com

This dog craft can be use to teach your child not to whine. Whenever your child whines, you can write a message about what he or she was whining about on a small piece of paper and place it in the dog's mouth.

If he or she whines too much, the dog will have a hard time holding all the messages.

Take the messages out every night and talk about whining. Tell your child that if he or she makes it a whole day without whining, he or she can place a dog treat in the dog's mouth instead of the whining messages. Cut bone shapes from fun foam or construction paper.

This craft goes along with a Bible lesson on watching what you say. The Pattern is available to members only on The Resource Room.

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Canvas Dog Puppet Craft for Kids

Dog Canvas Puppet Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Canvas Hand Puppets

Black felt for the nose

Different colors of felt for the ears

Markers, and wiggle eyes


How to Make the Canvas Dog Puppet:

1. Cut out nose shapes from black felt, ear shapes from different colors of felt, and tongue shapes from pink felt, and glue them to the puppet.

2. Color the inside of the mouth pink with a marker or crayon, glue on the nose, ears, and eyes. (You may want to do this with a hot melt glue gun.) Then color the puppet with markers. You can also add spots, whiskers, etc.

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Dog Puppet craftThese are the puppets two cloverbuds and one little sis made. The girls learned a little about shapes of dog ears, how many days it takes for a puppy to open its eyes, when puppies get their frist teeth, and what not to do if you do not know the dog. They shared what breed of dog they have. They had a great time making these puppets. We did a little puppy show about what they learned about their pet dog. They came out cute, and they enjoyed the project a lot. Very cute idea. I had most items cut out and ready to go in a plastic bag for the children. We used velcro for the ear types. The children are age six, and one was five. It was a fun night with them. 



Shrink Art Plastic Dog Tag Craft for Kids

Shrink Art Dog Tab Craft for children

Set of four dog tags to make for your dog - "Bad to the Bone", "Party Animal", "Pure Mutt!" and "No Fleas Allowed".

What you will need:

Shrinky Dinks Refill Set

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils



How to Make Shrink Art Plastic Dog Tags:

1. Print out the Dog Tag Patterns.

2. Tape the patterns onto the back of a Shrinky Dink sheet, the shiny side.

3. Color the pictures starting with your lightest colors, then outline the pictures with a black color pencil.

4. Cut the dog tags out and punch a hole in the tag. You will have to punch more than once to make the hole big enough if you have a regular-sized hole punch.

5. Place the dog tags on the shiny side of parchment paper or waxed paper and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake them for 3 minutes in a 250 degree oven or until they have shrunk to about two inches long. The directions on the Shrinky Dink web site say to use a 325 degree oven but 250 seems to work just as well. It takes a little longer to shrink them, but they don't curl up and deform as much.

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Stretch Yourself! Read a Book

This craft is used as a bookmark and check-off book. It is packed with ideas you and your children can use to stretch yourselves this summer.

Stretch Yourself Bookmark Craft and Activity
Cookbook - Try a new recipe.
Dictionary - Learn a new word.
Book of Games - Play a new game.
Animal Book - Learn more about an animal.
Newspaper - Make your own news paper.
Book of Poetry - Write your own poem.
Science Book - Do an experiment.
Book of Jokes - Laugh
Map - Go somewhere new.
Craft Book - Make a new craft.
Garden Book - Plant a new plant.
Book of Fiction - Write your own story.
Art Book - Draw or paint your own picture.
Bible - Memorize a good verse.
How to Book - Learn something new.
Biography - Write a book about your self.

A Pattern for this Book is available to members only.

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