Don’t let pet allergies stand in the way of your child's fun

Don’t let pet allergies stand in the way of your child's fun

We all know that kids love playing with animals and can learn a lot from their interactions with furry friends. However, it’s also a fact that some kids suffer from pet allergies and that’s why we’ve created a range of animal-related crafts that parents can make for – or with – their kids to ensure they don’t miss out. Whether your child can’t have pets or be around them, or they can but need to thoroughly wash their hands afterward, we’ve got you covered!

1. DIY Soap:

This DIY soap makes washing your hands fun. We’ve used a cat, but you can customise your soap however you wish, so your children never miss out on the fun again.

Things you will need:

  • Soap Base* (clear / white colour) - Available at online retailers
  • Soap Dye* - black, pink, orange & blue - Available at online retailers
  • Scalpel (for adults only)
  • Rubber mould - Available at online retailers

*see bottom of this page for a full list of ingredients

How to make it: 

- Make a block of white soap from the soap base
- Cut out cat shape with scalpel
- Make soap details (eyes, nose, and whiskers) by mixing soap base and black soap dye  & cut shapes.
- Then, mix pink soap dye with white soap base for the ear details
- Press the details into the cat shape
- Make a block of soap using orange/yellow soap dye and cut out fish shapes
- Using a soap mould, place cat and fish into the mould
- Make some clear soap and heat in the microwave until melted in jug
- Pour soap over the cat
- Leave to set for a few hours

2. Create Your Child’s Own Pet:

A child’s imagination has no limits, so we want to turn their imaginary pets into real life toys - by creating their own pet! See how to join the fun below:

Things you need:

  • Felt - lots of colours
  • Unloved socks
  • Unloved blanket
  • Sewing needles & thread (for adults only)
  • Scissors (for adults only)
  • A child’s imaginary pet

How to make it:

- Find an unloved blanket that you are willing to cut up
- Cut out 2 shapes for the body of your child’s imaginary pet
- Cut out eyes and mouth from felt
- Sew them onto the front of one of the body pieces
- Cut out some arms and legs also from coloured felt
- Place the arms and legs on the back piece of the body

- Bring all the body pieces together and start sewing

- Stitch all the way around but leave a small gap
- Find some unloved socks and stuff the toy through the gap
- Once completely stuffed, finish sewing them up
- Now you can give your child their fun new pet!

3. Animal photoblock

We could all do with a little pick-me-up sometimes. What better way to make your child smile than by putting their favourite animals onto a fun and interactive photoblock for them to have whenever they need? Cats, dogs, whatever animal it may be - this photoblock is the perfect solution if your child is unable to have pets due to allergies.

Things you need:

  • Wooden blocks (8 needed) -  Available to buy in craft shops / online retailers.
  • Photos of animals ( 6 - 2 x horizontal, 2 x square, 2 x vertical )
  • Washi Tape - Available to buy in craft shops / online retailers.
  • Scalpel or scissors to cut the photos (for adults only)
  • Glue stick

How to make it:

- Start with 2 wooden blocks and tape them together
- Fold the blocks along the tape and add another piece of tape

- Do this method for 3 other sets
- You should have 8 blocks connected together in twos
- From left to right, the first tape facing towards you, top set tape facing up, bottom set tape facing down and the last one tape facing towards you

- Flip all 8 blocks together 180 degrees
- Tape the blocks together in twos

- Fold up the sides in and tape them on both sides

- Cut up your pictures into squares to fit each block
- Glue each picture onto the blocks

- Leave to dry
- Show off your photo cube with all your cute pet pictures (For a full demonstration, check out the video above!)

Now your child can enjoy all their favourite animals (real or imaginary) in their own home!

This article was brought to you by Piriton**. Please check that all items and ingredients included in the craft activity are suitable for the particular child/children.

**Piriton Allergy Tablets and Piriton Syrup contain chlorphenamine maleate for allergy relief. Piriton Allergy tablets from 6 years. Piriton Syrup from 1 year. Always read the label.

Ingredients within DIY Soap:

Soap Base: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Oleate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Myristate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate

Soap Dye: Sorbitol, Water, Glycerin, Carboxymethylcellulose sodium, Potassium sorbate