We got to meet Pete the Cat!
Commerce Township Community Library hosted another fun evening event, this time our activities were all about Pete! We started out listening to Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by James Dean and Eric Litwin. If there is anyone out there who is not familiar with this set of books, please check them out. I still like the first two best, and our activities featured the White Shoes and Four Groovy Buttons. After the story we were free to visit the stations that were set up around the community room. I really appreciate all the work, and thought that goes into setting up and organizing these special evenings. They carefully think through the details and that makes everything go so smoothly.
Our first stop was this center where we acted out the story by stepping into “a large pile of strawberries!” and continued around the circle until our shoes were white again, even though they were wet – and it was all good! It was fun to hear the children using the language from the book – even 19 month old Nora chants off “Goodness no!”
Next we did the color ring toss. the rings were painted paper plates, with a hole cut in the center. We tossed them over painted paper towel tubes that were held upright on another plate. I called the paper plates “buttons.” They did a lot of rolling away!
Next the children made Pete the Cat hats. All the crafts and games were fun and appropriate for the age range of the children who attended. As soon as our kids put on their hats they ran over to Pete who was walking around the room, to show him what they had made.
Next we made Pete the Cat stick puppets.
I had not seen glue bottles like this before. They have a small brush attached to the lid, and they worked pretty well, but the glue bottles have to be more than half full. In my classroom I was always looking for the best way to glue!
There was a good selection of Pete the Cat books to read, along with a few other fun cat books.
This was a fun button race game. We played it on a magnet board, there were two rows of colored buttons – one along each side of the board. Each player took a Pete marker and began at the bottom. Then we took turns rolling the special die. We would land on a colored button or a message that told us we had to go back, or take an extra turn. The player reaching the top button first won! This could easily be a table game too.
I found the picture of Pete the Cat online and put 6 on a page. I thought they would be great to put on popsicle sticks as pointers too!
And the kids loved it!
It was such a fun time. There are lots and lots of Pete the Cat activities on Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers.
Harper Collins offers some wonderful bonuses too! At http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/feature/petethecat/ you can download 5 of the songs that go with the books, and one video – for FREE! I have White Shoes and Groovy Buttons on my phone and my grandchildren love to listen to them in the car. Basically the song downloads are read alouds of the entire books.
When I was searching online I found these Pete the Cat images that would be fun to use in lots of ways. Children could color their shoes different colors, or make a board game similar to the floor game we played. These cats could be glued onto folded paper to make stand up game markers. Here is another activity I came across. You might even make a graph showing which shoe color is the most popular with your children.
Another idea I came across was to ask the children to write about where their button might roll, if it popped off.
Thank you Commerce Library, and thanks Pete!