This project was inspired by pumpkin carving stencils. We bought some stencils from the store to do our first pumpkin carvings with and fell in love with the cat against the moon. So I jumped on my computer and came up with this template so we could make our own cats to decorate our walls!

My two-year-old son saw his finished project and proclaimed, “Look Mommy! Cat-a-Moon!” 
Hence the Cat-a-Moon project! =)


  • Cat-a-Moon Template
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • Black crayon
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eye – optional


  1. Print out the Cat-a-Moon Template. 
  2. Have your child color the cat’s shadow.
  3. While you cut out the shadow, have your child glue ripped pieces of yellow tissue paper onto the moon.
  4. Glue the shadow in place on the moon.
  5. Optional – Glue google eyes or eyes provided to the cat shadow.
  6. Optional – Cut small, thin pieces of white paper for whiskers and glue!
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Suggested project uses

This project can be used in the following ways:

  • Letter themed project 
  • Use this project to decorate your home for Halloween.
  • Check out the cat-a-moon Halloween Luminary 
  • Add to a cat lesson plan
  • Whatever you use this project for, remember to proudly display your child’s masterpiece!

Discussion suggestions:

Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:

  • Discuss scissor safety
  • Discuss shapes and colors
  • Encourage your child to piece this project together with minimal assistance. You could quiz your child about body parts and their locations (where do cats have eyes? what are eyes used for?).
  • Discuss Halloween and how cats are related to Halloween.


While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:

  • Fine motor (cutting and gluing)
  • Eye-Hand Coordination 
  • Imagination and Creation