Dressing Pets


Send your pets to work as you choose careers and draw cats, dogs, and other pet pals in clothes and environments that fit their new jobs.


1. Consider careers or lives your pets might have if they were human beings. A spunky ferret might be a surfer, a lively parakeet might be a pilot, or a goldfish might be a deep sea diver, for example.

2. Think about the types of uniforms or clothing that various careers or activities require. Use Crayola® Colored Pencils or Color Sticks on plain paper to draw your favorite pet in a costume for the activity you imagined.

3. On lined paper, write a descriptive story or poem about the pet in your drawing. Edit it, or ask a friend to review it, for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.


  • Younger children and those with special needs can describe the drawings orally, dictating them to scribes or on tape.
  • Older students could use their drawings to write short plays, created with animals as characters.
  • Produce "Pet Portraits" as gifts for family and friends, with accompanying written descriptions of a favorite anecdote or event.
  • Ask parents to consider submitting their children's work for publication in Books & Beyond on crayola.com.

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crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Construction Paper
  • Color Sticks™ Colored Pencils



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students compare and contrast different careers and life choices.

  • Children associate activities with uniforms or other clothing, and apply those associations to the creative personification of their pets.

  • Children exercise their imaginations as they use descriptive writing, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar skills.


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