This months Virtual Book Club for Kids featured author is Eric Litwin and between the bloggers we are featuring 3 books. Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons (affiliate Link), Pete the cat rocking in my school shoes and Pete the Cat I love my white shoes (affiliate link), as Eric Litwin is a new author to us we checked out all of his books and apart from having songs in my head for days and humming in meetings they are fantastic books especially for preschoolers. Today we’ve chosen Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes (affiliate link) as we are working on colours with T but I thought it would be great to work on some literacy activities with her.
Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes has great rhythm and rhyme to the book, with fantastic illustrations by James Dean it’s perfect for young children. It focuses on 4 colours, white, red, blue and brown and has a fantastic song in the book. To find the tune we looked on you tube and found the Eric Litwin reading of the book. Using these colours and the idea of shoes we put together a fun activity to work on 3 letters, her name and reviewing colour knowledge.
White, Brown, Blue, Red Cardstock
Literacy with Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes
We started off by drawing around a shoe – each paper was big enough to draw two shoes which worked well for our first game of matching colour pairs to reinforce colours.
Once T had drawn around the shoes she then set about cutting them out – she’s 3 and a half and we are working on scissor skills having a line to cut around at the moment she tends to cut outside of the line but occasionally cuts straight across.
Once our shoe prints were cut out we first matched them up, brown to brown, blue to blue etc…
I got out 3 magnetic letters, a W, B and a R and I went over the letter sounds as well as matching colour names with those sounds.
We then matched the letter sound to the colour shoe print, R to Red, B to Blue or Brown and W to White.
I then wrote the names of the colours on the shoes and got her to point out the letter matching the magnetic letter, then to point out letters in her name.
With the letters in her name as inspiration I turned the shoe prints over and then wrote a letter of her name on each shoe print and mixed them up. She then put them in order to spell her name.
This months featured author of the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Eric Litwin, the bloggers of the Virtual Book Club for Kids will be focusing on creating activities, crafts and play ideas to connect with three of Eric Litwin’s book’s, check out the posts below.
Would you like to find out more about the Virtual Book Club for Kids, see how it works and which books we will be featuring this year click here – there is no Virtual Book Club for Kids next month instead here on Rainy Day Mum I will be featuring a story book advent with 24 days of Christmas Book based activities and crafts for you.
For More Pete The Cat Inspired Learning Activities from the Virtual Book Club:
Pete the Cat Glyph from Playdough to Plato
Learning with Buttons Pete the Cat from 3 Dinosaurs
Pete the Cat Inspired Costume Cat Headband for Dress Up Play and Learning by The Educators’ Spin on It
Free Printable Math Game Pete the Cat Inspired from Crystal and Co.
Pete the Cat Shoe Activities for Literacy from Rainy Day Mum
Pete the Cat Busy Bag from The Pleasantest Thing
Pete the Cat Activities: Beginning Sound Button Cover from Growing Book by Book
Button Counting, Graphing, Sorting from Mama Miss
Pete the Cat Button Activities from Inspiration Laboratories
3 Pete the Cat Activities from LalyMom
Pete the Cat Movement Activity from Educators Spin on It
Pete the Cat Inspired Reading and Gross Motor Game from Still Playing School
Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons crafts and name activity from Toddler Approved