When you look at the cracks in the sidewalk and see Pete the Cat, you know he’s a fixture in your life. Do you see him? I did!
If you haven’t heard of Pete the Cat yet, it’s time to get on board. I bet your preschoolers are in the know. Their constant requests for “those funny cat books” are my big clue. Several of Eric Litwin’s books featuring this cool cat have been hanging out on the bestseller list for months and for good reasons. They:
- Feature catchy repetitive phrases.
- Zero in on kids’ interests. (Who doesn’t love new shoes?)
- Provide opportunities to show off new skills like color knowledge.
- Model a healthy attitude about dealing with change. When life throws Pete a curve ball, does he cry? Goodness no. He finds a way to appreciate what he has.
Since your kiddos love Pete, and we think you will too, amaze them with these fun activities and build important pre-kindergarten skills, too.
- Make your own Pete the Cat memory game by creating pairs of cards that have matching colored shoes. You can draw and color the shoes or print images from online. You may want to start with the colors featured in the book (white, red, blue and brown) and then add more sets as your child becomes more familiar with the game. Build vocabulary by using multiple shades of similar colors and labeling them (e.g. burnt orange, brick red, magenta and maroon).
- Come find Pete the Cat in the sidewalk near the Columbia Public Library. Hint: he’s near our north parking lot.
- Want to go Pete crazy? Get free music downloads, printable games and much more on HarperCollins’ site.