This month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focusing on the Pete The Cat series by James Dean. A big hit in this house. All my kids love to read the Pete The Cat books. I also grab them up for books for kids birthday parties as they are big hits with everyone. They teach a lot of good lessons to the kids and really embrace individuality. Which was a big reason of why I chose this series, I like to read stories to my kids with good messages.
We chose to do, Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete, because it had some fun craft ideas in it. I love crafts that take a bit of time and are super interactive, which is why I love doing this one.
- Fruity O’s or Fruit Loops
- Mortar & pestle (I had two, one for each kid, but use what you have on hand)
- White glue
- Paint brush
- Construction paper
- Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete Book
This is a three part activity. It’s a perfect activity to use late in the afternoon to keep them busy while you start prepping dinner, or they start getting hangry. It’s a snack and activity all in one. Perfect for working on colour recognition, fine motor skills, and patterns.
Grab a bunch of different little bowls and a big large bowl. Poor the fruit loops in the big bowl and have your kids separate them by colour. Yes, they WILL snack, so do this right after a meal, or in lieu of snack time as no one can resist these!
Take each colour separately and use the mortar and pestle to grind them to a fine dust. A few chunks are fine, I think its more important to have your kids do it than be perfect. I usually help at the end to make them finer.
Use the Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete book to free draw his goldie picture. A bunch of horizontal lines with an orange fish in the middle. Using one colour at a time spread the glue on it, then take the colour and sprinkle over it to colour it. You could copy the picture exactly, or if your kids want to experiment it’s up to them. Repeat with all the colours until your picture is full of colour.
For younger children, like my two-year-old, he needed a lot of help with it. He was enthusiastic to paint with glue and only too happy to sprinkle the fruit loops on. He needed help shaking off the access for sure. My four-year-old was much more independent.
That’s it! There are so many different things you can make with this. Any pattern you want or seasonal picture, you could even just take out pages from a colouring book and colour those one at a time.
Have you seen what the other blogger’s came up with for Pete the Cat too???
Have you seen the other crafts this year for the Monthly Crafting Book Club?
January –Ladybug Girl Wings
February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft
March – How do Dinosaurs
April – The Hungry Caterpillar
May – Camping Themed
June – Pinkalicious Series
July – Back to School Themed Books
August – Apple Related Book Crafts
September – Pumpkin Books & Activities
October – Pete The Cat Themed Books
Join us next month for non-denominational Holiday Books!