Eric Litwin + Pete the Cat
We LOVE Pete the Cat. He is groovy and comical. Many of the books are set to a song (which you can usually download from the HarperCollins website). We were thrilled to learn that the Virtual Book Club for Kids would be focusing on one of our favorite characters for November. So if you haven't yet - pick up a few Pete the Cat books and snuggle down for an amusing read. For today, I decided to focus on one of our favorites.
Pete The Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat is feeling pretty awesome about his shirt with four buttons. So awesome in fact that he has come up with a song about them. Suddenly, one of the buttons pops off. Pete however is not bothered and he keeps singing his song about his 3 remaining buttons. The book continues until all of the buttons have popped off. What will Pete sing about now? Pete's attitude about things and life is admirable and a wonderful role model for young children. Simple, catchy song and playful illustrations by James Dean, this book is one you will want to read over and over.
1. Four Groovy Buttons Visual
This is a simple way to encourage repetition and add hands on interaction to this song. We create simple visuals like this for a lot of songs that we sing, but it worked great for the book as well.
Draw your best Pete the Cat on a piece of white paper.
Cut four circles out of the construction paper and add dots to turn them into buttons.
Laminate these buttoms and the pete the cat picture with contact paper.
Add velcro to Pete and the buttons so the buttons can be attached and removed from his shirt.
After you've read the story a few times and feel familiar with it, retell the story with the chart. Invite your child(ren) to take turns removing a button as they pop off and count the remaining buttons.
Leave the visual out for play time so they can retell the story by themselves.
2. 4 Groovy Buttons Sensory Play
There is something about a basket full of buttons that begs to be felt. This was a super easy sensory activity that occupied our three year olds' interest for much of the afternoon.
Pour a large stash of buttons, beads, gems, etc into a basket.
Create a playdo space for each child with a mat and lump of playdo.
This was an open ended exploration set up during free play time. Our children explored the beads and buttons first and then started including them in their playdo creations. I placed the book nearby so Pete the Cat was more likely to come up in our conversations and creations, but it is okay if they don't make the connection to the book. Some ways to use the buttons:
*Create a cat and add buttons like the story
*Create vehicles and use buttons as wheels
*Pretend the buttons are jewels and hide them
*Disucss and sort by colors
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Construction Paper (light blue, dark blue, green, red)
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