Keep reading for some fun preschool activities based on Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. These activities are part of our Storytime Club, which includes 10 weeks of book-inspired activities. To learn more about our Storytime Club, click here!
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PETE THE CAT ACTIVITIES
I haven’t met a preschooler yet who doesn’t love Pete the Cat! He’s the coolest kitty around, and his books always have the best messages.
In this story, Pete is walking along in his new white shoes, when suddenly, he steps in a big pile of strawberries! Yikes! His shoes turn red, but Pete doesn’t cry…he just keeps walking along and singing his song. This happens a few times, but Pete never gets upset…because he knows it’s all good!
If you’re looking for a book about being flexible, rolling with the punches, or just enjoying life, this is the book for you!
Check out all of these fun Pete the Cat book activities that can help bring this story to life for your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten littles! (And just so you know, these activities can actually go along with ANY Pete book, not just this one).
LITERACY: BEGINNING SOUNDS
As preschool parents and teachers, we know how important it is to teach our little ones beginning letter sounds. But research shows that using flashcards is NOT the way to go. Instead, try thematic hands-on activities like this one, which will help your little one learn those important beginning sounds through play!
In this activity, students will see what object Pete is holding, name the beginning sound, and match it to the correct letter. This would be perfect to put in any sensory bin, too! (Hint: I colored-coordinated Pete’s shoes to the letters as a helpful hint for our youngest learners).
MATH: SHAPE HUNT AND GRAPH
This Pete the Cat packet of activities has a heavy emphasis on shapes, which is an important early learning math skill. For our math activity, there are two different ways to learn about shapes.
First, little ones will use the Shape Mats to go on a Shape Hunt! They’ll look for objects around the room that match each shape and place them on the mat. (Another way to use these Shape Mats is to turn them into a book.) Next, they’ll use the Shape Spinner and Graph to make a bar graph & see which shape is the winner!
FINE MOTOR: PLAY DOUGH SHAPES
We love playing with play dough over here! It’s such a great tool to help build up the muscles in our little ones’ hands, fingers, and wrists. And pairing play dough with an academic skill is a great way to learn through play.
Since we’re learning all about shapes this week, your students will use these play dough mats to make play dough shapes!
GROSS MOTOR: KNOCK OVER THE BOOT
First, set up a pair of boots or tall shoes on the floor. About 3 feet away, put down a line of painter’s tape. (Test to make sure the painter’s tape won’t leave any stains on your floor. It works great on our tile!) To play, have your students pick a number and step back that many times away from the line. Then they’ll throw a ball or beanbag to knock over the boot. Such a simple game but so much fun!
CRAFT: SHAPE CAT
Since we’re focusing on shapes in this Pete the Cat unit, I thought it would be fun to make a Shape Cat for our craft.
Your students will use triangles, squares, rectangles, and circles to make their shape cat. Then they can add colored shoes and brainstorm what their cat stepped in to make the shoes that color. Great activity to go right along with the book!
SNACK: YOGURT POPSICLES AND PUDDING
In this story, Pete’s wearing white shoes before he steps in strawberries, blueberries, and mud. So we thought it would be perfect to have a snack that incorporates ALL of those colors!
Your little ones will LOVE these yogurt popsicles made with strawberries and blueberries, then dipped in chocolate pudding. (I’ve also included a recipe for Yogurt Bark, too!) Yum!
YOU TUBE: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS WITH PETE
Pete is quite famous over on You Tube, so we thought it would be fun to watch a video of him in The Wheels on the Bus.
READING RESPONSE: JOURNAL WRITING PAGE
Teaching our little ones to reflect on what they’ve read is a skill we want to start from the beginning. These journal writing pages allow them to draw and write a response to this story.
PETE THE CAT PRINTABLE PACK
All of the activities in this pack can be found in our Pete the Cat book printable pack, which can be found in my shop here!
Do you love this story, too?! Do you have any fun activities that would be great for it? Comment below or find me on Instagram [@littleslovelearningblog] and let me know!