I am so excited to be part of this super awesome Preschool Book Club with 6 other bloggers that care A LOT about reading and bringing fun and creativity into our children’s lives. Each month we will share an activity related to a favorite children’s book. What better book to kick off the series than Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons? I’m a little embarrassed to say my girls are not sooo into books. At least not yet. Don’t get me wrong, they like them. They just aren’t all about books the way some kids are and I really want to change that. That’s where cardboard Pete comes in. Yup, I made a life-size Pete the Cat and he’s so groovy. I have a feeling he is going to become a lot like our recycled hobby horse, Henry, an extended member of the family.
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First, I made a pencil drawing of Pete the Cat on some white corrugated cardboard. I planned on using cardboard from an old box, which would work just as well, but didn’t have any, so I had to go into my stash of stuff to paint on. I drew out Pete the Cat in pencil first and then colored him in with Deco Paint Markers. If you could use a little help with drawing Pete the Cat, I found this cute printable that you can print out, cut out and trace on cardboard. If you want a bigger Pete, you can blow up the printable at your local copy store. After I colored him in, I made four buttons from the cardboard by cutting out circles and coloring them. Lastly, I stuck them on using Velcro Squares, which I actually use for a ton of craft projects. It feels like I’m always searching for velcro. Anyway, the next step was to test it out with the girls.
D was first on the scene. I had Pete sitting up on the fence and she went right over to get him down. She was quick to pull all the buttons off and try sticking them on again and again. Then she moved onto something else. My little D.
Gigi spent more time with Pete, talking to him, trying to roll his buttons over the table and rearranging them. Mostly she danced with him and read him her own version of Pete the Cat. We watched this Pete the Cat video as well, which both my girls loved. I have a feeling Pete will be a bigger and bigger star in our house over time, which I love. I am going to use him to prompt the girls to read more Pete the Cat books. I think tomorrow morning I’ll have him sitting at the breakfast table with the book when they wake up in the morning. I plan to put him in all kinds of random places in an effort to build their interest in books.
Two days later – It worked! It worked! My girls are in love with Pete and they love reading Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. We read it three times this morning, watched the video a few times, and the girls carried him with them all over the house. I am so pleased! Ok, looks like I’ll be making some more characters to read with. We’ll have a whole crew.
Click on the links below to see what other great Pete the Cat ideas you can do with your child and to read about our whole Preschool Book Club Series click here. Have fun!
Button Snacks from Sugar Aunts
Pete the Cat Scavenger Hunt from Home Grown Friends
Pete the Cat Sewing Activity from Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Pete the Cat Math Game by Buggy and Buddy
I adore this and especially love how you let the kids interact with him in their own ways. (And I would totally dance with Pete the Cat too!)
He is a pretty good dancer : ) x
I love this! What a great idea to create a life size character from a book! I wonder if my son would love it as much as your daughters? My son isn’t that into books either and would rather run & jump & play than listen to books. I love the idea to using a character to introduce a new book too! Great idea! I think I need to make a Pete the Cat!
COOL! I hope you make one. There are really fun. How cool would it be to have a whole posse of book characters to play with? Have a tea party with? YOu name it. (deep breath) We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us ; )
Gigi danced with him?! Oh, bless her heart! Such a fun way to get your littles more interested in books. 🙂
Thanks Jen! We’re big dancers over here. Next thing I know, I’m sure Pete is going to end up in a tutu!
this is awesome!! I could have never drawn him out, lol. What a creative idea:)
I was kind of nervous to do it at first Jaime! But he came out pretty cute : )
This is AWESOME! I love the life size Pete the Cat!!! Such a cute idea!
We did a similar thing with ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’. I made a life size coconut tree out of construction paper and stuck it to my twins bedroom wall. We read the book every night for about 2 weeks and every time we read the book we stuck 2 more letters on the coconut tree. My girls (3.5 years) loved the sing song rhyming of the book and it helped reinforce the alphabet. Kids love it when stories come to life!
I have to make one of these! It is just SO happy!
Such a great idea! Consider adding your post (and others!) to our Learn Through Play Hop. We are open all month long!
Thanks so much Ann! I will check it out! Thanks for the invite.
I loved the whole project, but the best part for me was putting him on the fence and surprising the kids with this sight in the morning. Best thing ever, to look at their eyes, right? 🙂 I can’t wait to try it.
Is it legal to copy and make pete the cat? I want to make this for my pre-school kids.
Just discovered how amazing this book is our local library had a copy my son loves it after first read over amazing. Looking forward to try out activities 🙂 thanks for the inspiration look forward to looking at new books
Great! We love Pete the Cat. Enjoy!
Too cute! I love this idea.