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 based literacy activities for preschoolers

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.

Materials needed

A shoe
White, Brown, Blue, Red Cardstock
Scissors
Pencil
Magnetic Letters

Literacy with Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

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.

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

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.

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

Once our shoe prints were cut out we first matched them up, brown to brown, blue to blue etc…

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

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.

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

We then matched the letter sound to the colour shoe print, R to Red, B to Blue or Brown and W to White.

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

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.

Pete the Cat; I love my white shoes based literacy activities for preschoolers

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.

Virtual Book Club for Kids – Eric Litwin Featured Author

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

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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