Don’t let pet allergies stand in the way of fun

Don’t let pet allergies stand in the way of 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 afterwards, we’ve got you covered!

DIY Soap:

Does your child have allergies? No problem - this DIY soap makes washing your hands a blast, so your children never miss out on the fun again. 

Things you need: 

  • Soap Base
  • Soap Dye
  • Scalpel (for adults only)
  • Rubber mold

How to make it: 

- Make a block of white soap

- Cut out cat shape with scalpel

- Make soap details from soap base and black soap dye - eyes,nose and whiskers

- Also make pink soap for the ear details

- Press the details into the cat shape

- Make a block of orange/yellow soap 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

Create Your 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! Never let allergies stand in the way of your child’s imagination again. 

Things you need:

  • Felt - lots of colours
  • Unloved socks
  • Unloved blanket
  • Sewing needles & thread 
  • 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 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 round but leave a small gap

- Find some unloved socks and stuff your toy through the gap

- Once completely stuffed, finish sewing them up

- Now you can give your child their fun new pet!

Create your own animals 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 photo block is the perfect solution if your child is unable to have pets due to allergies.

Things you need:

  • Wooden blocks - 8
  • Photos of animals ( 6 - 2 x horizontal, 2 x square, 2 x vertical ) 
  • Tape
  • Scalpel or scissors to cut the photos
  • Glue stick

How to make it: 

- Start with 2 wooden blocks and tape them together

- Fold along 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 up, top set tape facing up, bottom set tape facing down and the last one tape facing up

- Flip all 8 blocks together 180 degrees

- Tape the blocks together in twos

- fold up the sides and tape them

- 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

- This is easier to follow when watching the video!

This article was brought to you by Piriton*. Please ensure that all items in each craft are suitable for individual use & check ingredients list before use. 

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