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ROMKids Show: The One With The Saber Cats

Tune in every Tuesday at 2:00 pm on Instagram Live @ROMtoronto as ROM Kids Coordinator and Camp Director Kiron Mukherjee combines his passion for children’s education with storytelling to bring to life science, history and art for you and your loved ones in the comfort of your own home. Kiron will share activities, easy at-home crafts, behind the scenes anecdotes and fun facts—all connected to the ROM collections.

Ashley Reynolds.This time on the ROMKids Show we journey back tens of thousands of years to the Pleistocene to learn about saber cats! Palaeontologist Ashley Reynolds joins us to talk about her PAW-some new study on saber cat siblings, how these FUR-ocious animals had caring mothers, and to get some PURR-spective on how similar these animals are to cats today! Then we’ll make our own chomping prehistoric cats!


  • paper (cardstock is best)
  • colouring materials
  • scissors
  • tape
  • clothes pin
Step 1.

1. First, draw out your saber cat, or any animal you’d like! Consider how big your clothes pin is, and make an animal that fits the size of your pin. The head should be big enough to cover the end of pin after the joint. Then colour in your animal! I used sharpie, but you can use any colouring material you would like.

Step 2.

2. Next, cut out your animal. Take your time and don’t rush! Then cut across the head. The teeth should be on the top, so they bite down on the rest of the head and animal.

Step 3.

3. Tape or glue the top of the head to the top of the pin. Then do the same with the rest of the body to the bottom. Make sure they match. Finally, it’s time to chomp chomp away with your chomping saber cat!

Get to Know Kiron

As the ROMKids Coordinator & Camp Director, Kiron is the public face of the Royal Ontario Museum’s family and children’s programs. Kiron started volunteering at the ROM at age 14 and has never looked back. Though he majored in history at York University, Kiron also considers his early years as a ROMKids camper to be a highly formative part of his education. Now, he strives to provide engaging and educational kids’ programming so that future generations can look back on their ROM experiences as fondly as he has. 

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Authored by: Kait Sykes

Authored by: Kait Sykes