One of our favorite Pete the Cat books is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. It’s a great book for teaching basic math concepts at a preschool level. Plus it’s loaded with tons of opportunity for enriched learning activities.
My son thrives on the Before Five in a Row Curriculum style of learning. Therefore, as I’ve been revamping our home preschool, one thing I’ve been doing more of is literature based units. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons was our first literature based unit outside of the Before Five in a Row Curriculum.
Can I just say that it was so much fun! My son loved it and I absolutely loved planning the activities. I want to share what we did so I can remember and so you can have some fun too!
Also, even if you don’t have the book, you can use these ideas for playing with buttons! My kids love learning with buttons.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Activities
Button Sensory Bin
I’ve really been focusing a lot on sensory bins lately, which means I, of course, had a sensory bin to go along with our story.
Color Sorting Buttons
Number Sorting Buttons
I created these foam number mats when we rowed Corduroy. I fun activity to practice counting and number recognition.
Pattern Practice with Buttons
We created several different patterns with our buttons. Patterns haven’t been easy for my son to pick up, but these hands on activities have really helped!
Size Sorting Buttons
While we were working on patterns, I asked him to sort the orange buttons from biggest to smallest. He did a great job!
Pete the Cat Math Game
I found this idea from Buggy and Buddy. We had loads of fun with it! We played it over and over and over again.
Using the Math game props, we role played the story together. We put four buttons on our shirt (same colors as the book), and when a button popped off, my son would remove it from his felt jacket. It was great for practicing the math concept together.
Buttons into Slotted Tin Can
To practice our fine motor skills, I had my children drop the buttons into a slotted tin can and small piggy bank. My youngest loved this! We had different size buttons, so he had to choose which bank to put the button into. It was challenging but fun for him.
You can use shoelaces, pipe cleaners, or even spaghetti noodles. Whatever you use, work on fine motor practice with your little one!