Every month I gather a group of bloggers together to participate in the Monthly Crafting Book Club, a great way to encourage kids to read by incorporating a craft (or activity) to go along with the book. If you are a blogger and want to join us join our Facebook group to see the upcoming books you can choose to participate in. Check out some of our past ones:
January – Barnyard Dance
February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin
March – ABC’s
April – Piggy in the Puddle
May – Five Little Monkeys
June – A Camping-related book
This month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focussing on books related to back to school. There are so many AMAZING back to school books that it is way more fun to see what everyone comes up with then by all doing the same book.
After visiting the lirary and browsing their selection of books my daughter fell in love with Pete the Cat and his Rocking School Shoes. In 24 hours I have had to read it at least 10 times…….. Thank goodness it’s a library book and goes back in a few weeks! Anyways, after reading it I knew a craft with Pete’s red shoes would be PERFECT! So we decided to get messy and do a painting activity for Pete’s red shoes.
- Pete the Cat Book
- BIG paper, or a roll of paper
- red paint
- A marker
- Rain boots
- A bucket
- Plastic plate
- Optional: a kiddy pool all set up…..
HOW TO DO IT
First we filled up a bucket with soap and I got the kids to wash their boots, clean boots are important for painting with them. While the kids did that I filled up their kiddy pool for easy washing once they are done getting messy.
I chose to use rain boots instead of flip flops or running shoes because my kids are little and rain boots won’t be as slippery, plus it won’t ruin their shoes.
I put a plate on the floor with red paint, then had them step in the paint with their boots and dance around the paper to make their cool cat rocking shoe foot print.
They were having so much fun we also tried one without the boots in their bare feet in the paint. They loved that too! Squishy, squashy, messy fun!Have #messyfun with your #littleones & paint in your shoes! #petethecat Click To Tweet
When they were done we wrote a fun quote from the book on the paper and hung it up to dry. Now for swimming bath time fun!
I love this activity as even my one and a half year old son can easily participate too. My three year old daughter gets stimulated but so does my son. It can be hard to find activities that they will both enjoy and painting, especially with boots, is such an easy and fun one!
What is your favourite back to school book?
Check out some other awesome crafts for back to school from other bloggers based on their favourite back to school book:Come see the #backtoschoolbooks for this months #monthlycraftingbookclub #childrensliteracy Click To Tweet
Next month we are doing: