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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons activities

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We love Pete the Cat.  He’s oddly cute and has an incredibly upbeat and optimistic outlook that I think sets a great example for young readers.  Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is one of our favorite books {we have so many}.  I’ve wanted to do a learning activity on this book forever.  When I finally got it together, Bear {4.5 yrs} was so excited!

While we read the book, Bear acted out the story with some storytelling props.  He used: a small cat figure, toy skateboard, construction paper shirt, and four buttons.  As each button popped off, he took off a button from the shirt.

For math practice, I created sticker buttons out of circle tags.  I wrote the numbers 1-6 on the stickers and put them in the bottom of a muffin tin.  Bear then got to practice identifying the numbers on the buttons and putting the appropriate amount in the spot.
Another math activity that we did was pattern practice.  I got out several craft pom poms that were the colors of Pete’s buttons.  Bear then practiced creating patterns out of them. This could also be done with buttons using a simple ABAB pattern or a more intricate ABBA, ABCABC, ABCC, etc pattern.

I’d always sang my own version of the “my buttons, my buttons, my 4 groovy buttons” song from the book {to the tune of the My Buddy theme song}.  Then one day, we found a video of the story on YouTube by Harper Collins that shows how the author {I’m guessing} imagined the song as sounding.  You can see it here.  The actual Harper Collins site has a Pete the Cat page that has info, ideas, etc on all the Pete books.

At the end of the book, Pete the Cat is left with only his belly button.  This was a great opportunity to explain and explore why people have belly buttons.  My explanation seemed to be sufficient to him, but I also found a great technical explanation at

Other activities for Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons:
  • Practice buttoning on a shirt or jacket
  • Do addition and subtraction practice using buttons as manipulatives
  • cCeate collages with buttons glued on paper
  • Play a button toss game by trying to toss buttons into cups a few feet away
Make sure to pop back tomorrow for
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes activities!

Andie Jaye

Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom of 3 kiddos. Her blog, Do.Play.Learn., (formerly named Crayon Freckles), focuses on creative learning and play ideas, as well as parenting topics. Andie strives to be honest in her approach and experiences in parenting to let other moms know that they are not alone in their struggle. In her free time, she writes children’s books in hopes of publishing someday.

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