This is a cute and simple book that can be used with preschoolers. There are two prominent goals I have pulled from this book:
1. Teaching colors and associations of colors to specific
2. Teaching children not to get upset about little problems.
So tomorrow in the preschool group we will read this book in circle time. There is an audio cd with my book that plays the song or the song can be downloaded from the Harper Collins link. Youtube video.
The boys have come a long with sitting in circle time. Participation is another issue but I hope such a fun song will get them singing along and perhaps stomping their feet as we sing. I have found loads of games and printables online as well (see links).
During circle time we will use the flannel board cutouts to keep the little ones engaged. The cutouts are a set of colored shoes to add at the appropriate times during the reading of the story (matching the items that Pete the Cat steps in changing the color of his shoes). Then we will sing the song.
While still in circle time, we will introduce the concept of seasons and will discuss what Pete might wear on his feet each season: Winter = Warm Boots / Spring = Rain Boots / Summer = Sandals / Fall = Sneakers.
We will break to Art time where we will assemble a mini book of the story and color the shoes on each page the color associated with the items in the picture (strawberries = red). This will exercise their association of colors to constant objects and their matching and naming skills. The children can take this mini book home in order to practice the story with parents and reinforce the concepts as well as just having fun reading time.
Links to these games and more can be found here (look in the comments boxes for specific links).
I have discovered some other Pete books that I plan on adding to my library:
We repeated this book today with the pre-k group. Our most reluctant child readily engaged in dancing and singing the song. It was a success.
Today's art activity involved using pre-cut blue construction paper shapes to assemble into Pete the Cat and glue onto a yellow sheet of paper. Of course, they then chose the color shoes they wanted for their Pete the cat. The project required: