Pete The Cat lessons are a highlight for both students and teachers. The sneakered cat with his groovy baselines and "can do" attitude has a string of fantastic books to his name, documenting his fabulous adventures. There are tons of fun activities kids can do as an extension to the books they are reading or videos they watch. From dances to creative crafts, here are 15 of the coolest activities to do along with Pete the Cat.
1. Pete The Cat Face Craft
With a few simple supplies, kindergarten students can create this fun Pete the Cat face craft. Students will need a plastic plate, some pipe cleaners, cardstock, and pom-poms. This can be an activity for counting, colors, or crafting during storytime.
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2. Pete The Cat Sunglasses
After reading about Groovy Pete and his magic sunglasses, students will love this fun activity. Download a printable Pete the Cat sunglass template and let students decorate the shades with mixed materials.
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3. Pete The Cat Hand Print Craft
Kindergarten students are always looking for an excuse to get their little hands dirty. Dip their hands into some blue paint and press it on white paper. Download free Pete the Cat shoe templates and practice their fine motor skills as they cut and paste his shoes.
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4. Giant Pete Cutout
Every kindergarten classroom can be improved with a massive Pete the Cat cutout. Pete's groovy buttons can be attached to his magic shirt with velcro and kids can stick it on as they read the story. It is great for counting, identifying colors, and acting out the fun book.
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5. Pete The Cat Graphic Organizer
There are scores of graphic organizers available that can be used as extension activities when reading these fun books. Elementary students can retell the stories they have heard so many times or organize the information they find like cause and effect.
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6. Pete The Cat Movement Activity
This activity is the perfect combination of Eric Litwin's first four books. Take kids outside and let them draw giant colorful buttons on the ground. You can also add colored button cutouts to the game to make it more interesting. Call out different buttons and then a task that kids must complete once they stand on the button. They will love to dance, hop, and bounce around outside to their heart's content.
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7. Pete The Cat Button Plates
Students can create their own groovy buttons using only a paper plate, some yarn, and paint. Threading the yarn through the holes in the center of the plate is a great fine motor exercise and kids can use their giant buttons as props next time you read the story together.
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8. DIY Magic Sunglasses
Pete's magic sunglasses help him to see the sunny side of life. Let kids create their own Pete-inspired sunglasses to wear when they are feeling blue. You only need some cardstock, a plastic bag, and some pipe cleaners to make these funky shades.
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9. Retelling Activity
The tale of Pete and his shiny new white shoes continues to be a firm favorite amongst kids. The story is memorable with a catchy song and easy to remember repetitive wording. Let kids practice their storytelling and memory with an all-encompassing retelling activity where they get to read and act out the lyrics.
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10. Button Counting Activity
The magic of Pete the cat is that the stories are ultra engaging. Kids can count and recite throughout storytime and learn basic colors along the way too. The story of Pete and his groovy buttons can be taken to the next level with this fun counting activity that only requires a few basic supplies like foam sheets and buttons.
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11. Pete Paper Bag Puppet
Paper bag puppets are a fun and inexpensive craft for young learners. Help them to each create a Pete the Cat puppet from a paper bag and some blue paper. You can give Pete a shirt, shoes, or sunglasses, depending on which story you are reading. You can also play games with the puppets or have students recreate the stories.
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12. Design Your Own Shoes
Kids love learning about all the different colors on Pete's shoes. Give them sturdy cardboard cutouts and let them design their own colorful shoes and laces that will make Pete proud. Lacing up shoes is a great fine motor activity to help their little fingers get strong.
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13. Pete Finger Puppets
Creating finger puppets is a creative and versatile way to let students retell the story or act it out as they read. The puppets can have different colored shoes or have buttons stuck to them to depict the different adventures of Pete.
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14. Pete The Cat Foot Painting Activity
Hold on to your white shoes, because this one is about to get messy! Spread out white paper and red, blue, and brown paint buckets on a sheet. Let kids walk through the paint and print their feet on the paper while singing along to Pete's favorite song, "I Love My Shoes".
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15. Button Cookies for Desert
End a reading of "Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons" with a delicious plate of button cookies! Kids can get their hands dirty with baking and you can read the story together while the cookies are in the oven.
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