Monthly Crafting Book Club - Pete the Cat

Books become even better when you pair them with fun activities!

See what we did to go along with this month's Monthly Crafting Pete the Cat Book Club theme.

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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun Monthly Crafting Book Club - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We had some great times last year (see links at the end of this post) and have continued the fun this year:

January - Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs
February - Giraffes Can't Dance Roll-a-Dance Die
March - How Do Dinosaurs...Social Skills Game
April - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Box
May - Unique Nature Creations
June - Pinkalicious-Inspired Collage Art
July - Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Can Craft
August - Homemade Bow and Arrow Flight Investigation
September - Who Can Blow the Biggest Pumpkin Challenge

This month, our little group is having fun with Pete the Cat books. We have several of these here at the house, but Gv loves one the most in particular, so we focused on it:

We came up with a whole bunch of things to do to go along with this hip, fun book.

First, I found a couple of really cute reading comprehension pages to print out.

They both involve story sequencing, but this one was a bit more involved and required Gv to practice her burgeoning writing skills, while this one was simpler and merely involved cutting, pasting and coloring.

This was the first time Gv sat down to read, write and spell with something like this all on her own!

I wasn't sure if Gv would enjoy doing this one, since it wasn't as challenging, but she still thought it was plenty of fun!

Next, Gv designed her own shoe to practice her shoe-tying skills on.

We started by tracing around her foot (because tracing feet is always fun) on a sheet of cardstock.

Next, Gv cut out her shoe and decorated it with markers.

I helped her punch holes to thread the lace through, then she practiced tying it up, using a little rhyme we found last year that she loves:

Build a tee pee, come inside
Close it up so we can hide
Over the mountain, around we go
Here's my arrow and here's my bow!

Her completed shoe. I'd given her a shoelace to use for this, but she preferred doing the threading with some random piece of ribbon she found in her doll clothes...

Finally, we decided to make our own Shoe Book, because Gv loves dressing up in all her shoes and also has lots of fun taking photos of things.

First, she modeled a selection of shoes, while I took pictures:

Then I printed out the photos, along with some simple labels:

Gv was able to cut out these strips, write in the appropriate color word, then staple them all together to make her own little personalized shoe book!

These activities were really easy to do, but they made for tons of fun!

Do you have a Pete the Cat fan at your house?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Check out the other amazing crafts that my fellow bloggers came up with for this month.

Come back next month and see what crafts and activities we come up with to go along with a nonreligious holiday book. Join our Facebook Group HERE to participate.

Want to see all the great book activities from last year? Just check these out:

January Animal Action Dice Game for the book Barnyard Dance
February Cause & Effect Box for If You Give a Moose a Muffin
March - an alphabetical scavenger hunt for Dr. Seuss's ABC.
April handwashing fun to go along with The Piggy in the Puddle
May 5 Little Monkeys Fold 'Em Up for Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
June pinecone princess & Cozy Sweater Warrior Paper Dolls for The Princess and the Pony
July - lantern craft for Curious George Goes Camping
August - mini backpacks & dress-a-doll fun for Froggy Goes to School
September - pumpkin fun for It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!
October - monster shape-sort bags & other crafts for Have You Seen My Monster?
November - cozy paper quilt for Bear Stays Up for Christmas
December - snowflake activities for Millions of Snowflakes

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