Dressing Pets

Dressing Pets lesson plan

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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.