Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

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it's day 2 of Pete the Cat activities.  yesterday, i shared activities for Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.  today's activities are based on Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
we did activities based on each of the colors that Pete's shoes turned.  the first thing that Pete steps in are strawberries.  so i set up a painting activity with plastic strawberries similar to the shake-ball art we've done in the past.  Bear was able to pretty much do this activity all on his own.  he placed the paper in the plastic shoe tub, squirted red paint on it, and tossed in the plastic strawberries.  after he snapped the lid on {with a bit of help}, he shook away.  the result was a super fun piece of art.  he did this with several papers {i waited until he was done to move on}
the next thing Pete steps in is a bunch of blueberries.  to incorporate this, we made blueberry muffins to eat the next morning.
lastly, Pete steps in mud.  the picture in the book shows Pete with his brown shoes drinking a cup of coffee.  Bear was so excited when i pointed out the coffee because he knew that it meant one of his favorite sensory tray materials was coming up: coffee! i generally use coffee from the dollar store to be thrifty since much of it gets swept up.  {sorry for this old picture, i didn't take one this time}
throughout the book, Pete is depicted playing his guitar.  what better opportunity to try something i've wanted to do with Bear for a long time... we made a box guitar.  here's how we did it: i cut an oblong hole in the long side of a rectangular box. {this step is for adults to do... common sense, but i have to say it}.  then Bear decorated it with stickers.  after that, all he had to do was pick which rubber bands to put around the box the long way.  i did have to help him with this as he was a bit shy of getting snapped by one of them.   
i think that the activity did that both of us enjoyed the most was painting with our shoes.  we used sandals that were easily washable.  Bear chose the paint colors, we poured the paint in a box lid, and stomped away.  one tip if you decide to do this, make sure there is something to hold onto.  walking with paint gooped to the bottom of your shoes is quite slippery.
vocabulary words for I Love My White Shoes: red, mud, no, and wet. 

other Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes activities:
paint a pair of white canvas shoes 
make fruit salad using strawberries, blueberries, and other fruit
play in the mud
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