If you haven’t read “Pete the Cat”, it is time. It is time to purchase this book.
This book is VERY simple yet VERY impactful. I use the moral of the story to impact my kids on a daily basis. Actually….. I use it on myself.
Pete is a very cool and chill cat. Throughout the story, he helps us realize to take life as it is and keep singing our song.
When we have bad days (which we all do), I remind my kids of this simple message from the story. It turns a VERY hectic moment to a moment of gratitude. Brooks falls? I IMMEDIATELY sing the song….. “Does Brooks cry?? Goodness, no! He keeps walking along… singing his song….” Seems lame, but it works. He remembers the stories and starts singing with me.
Since it is one of my favorite books, we decided to make a day out of it. Most of the lessons will continue throughout the week, but here is day 1.
First let’s talk about the snacks here. This is always my kids favorite part.
I printed out some blank sneakers for the kids to color as we read. I tried to create a teaching moment as we went along by using the words: first, second, third, last. Harper gets a little color happy, so she just colored the first shoe she saw.
After reading the story, I printed off the following printable I found here. We talked about what our favorite color was and discussed what we would step in to create the color on our shoes (this is a little tricky with toddlers but great teaching moment). Harper said pink while Brooks said brown. Harper said she stepped on babies (which makes sense considering she has a pink baby), and Brooks said he stepped in poop (gross).
I wanted to extend the lesson to talk about textures and temperatures. I filled small cups with different textures, temps, and colors (ice cream, mashed bananas, crushed Cheetos, sprinkles, frozen strawberries). We talked about how Pete’s feet would feel and the color change if he stepped in the cups. It was interesting to say the least.
To get them more active, I printed four different colored shoes and taped them to baskets. I wanted Brooks and Harper to make the color connections to their own toys. I created a race to see which one would could find the most objects to fill the baskets. Who doesn’t like a little competition?
Tomorrow we will practice more on patterns if the day allows. We shall see.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Thessalonians 5:11
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