Cats are common pets. They have a long history with humans. Cats have inspired many songs including: Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats), Year of the Cat (Al Stewart), The Siamese Cat Song (Peggy Lee), and Cat’s in the Cradle (Harry Chapin).
It’s easy to have an intergenerational session for children and seniors that focuses on cats. Here are a few suggestions.
- Playing copycat (to the tune: 3 Little Fishes) You can do movements, vocalizations, or instrument play while you sing .
Playing copycat is so much fun.
Let’s copy ________ because s/he’s the one.
Whatever _______ does we’ll do the same.
Now let’s play the copycat game.
- Senor Don Gato This is a chance to teach a little Spanish and a little culture. As there are lots of words, provide the children Latin instruments to play along while the adults sing.
- The Old Grey Cat is Sleeping – Lynn Kleiner Children act out the cat.
- Discuss who has had cats. Get the group to list things they have seen cats do. Then compare it to the list in “Posy”. This video shows how you could sing this book.