Do you ever find yourself reciting any of these lines?
“I love my white shoes.”
“My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons.”
“Because it’s all good.”
“Give it your all, give it your all. At Christmas we give, so give it your all.”
Yep, me too. Those lines are from the first four Pete the Cat books that were written by Eric Litwin. They are my all-time favorite Pete the Cat books.
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PETE THE CAT SAVES CHRISTMAS BOOK AND ABC ACTIVITY
PETE THE CAT BOOK
That last quote is from Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. Santa is ill and calls on Pete the Cat to help deliver all the gifts to the boys and girls. Pete leaves his tropical vacation site and zooms to the North Pole to help the jolly guy out in his time of need. Can Pete help save Christmas? You bet he can!
PETE THE CAT ABC ACTIVITY
We decided that we would have a little alphabet fun that is inspired by Pete. It’s super easy and “packed” with learning. Check out how we did it.
Materials needed: tall box, white wrapping or butcher paper, red construction paper, tape, 26 small empty boxes, wrapping paper, bows, sticky notes, white paper, and a magic marker.
First, you need to build your chimney. A narrow tall box works best. Cover the box with white paper and then add red construction paper rectangle bricks.
Now make your ABC presents. Wrap 26 empty boxes and add bows for flair. You will also want to add a sticky note tag to each gift. Label each tag with one letter of the alphabet.
Make some gift lists. Write 3 letters on each list. Santa (aka your child) will need his lists to deliver the gifts.
Scatter the gifts. Set the chimney in an open space and arm yourself with the lists.
Time to Play
Give each child a list. Their job is to collect the gifts that match the letters on the list.
Then, it’s time to drop them down the chimney.
Oh my goodness, my kids had so much fun with this! They pretended to fly (aka run) in their sleigh to the chimney. I even adapted it for my oldest son who is working on reading simple words by placing words on his list and the matching presents.
Have a little Christmas ABC learning fun this season inspired by Pete the Cat Saves Christmas.
Also, check out our Pete the Cat Beginning Sound Cover.
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Our activity is being featured as part of our December Virtual Book Club for Kids. Several of us are sharing a favorite holiday book along with a craft or activity. You can click on any of the links below to see what some of the other Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts are up to this month.
Gingerbread Collage Man Craft by Toddler Approved
Dream Snow Sensory Bottle by Inspiration Laboratories
Pine Branch Ornament by I Can Teach My Child
Watercolor Christmas Trees by 3 Dinosaurs
Munsch-inspired Body Drawings by Study at Home Mama
Pattern Making Gingerbread Garland by Rainy Day Mum
Very cool activity! We love Pete the Cat books 🙂
Heather H says
Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun. We adore Pete the Cat here too, and need to get our hands on the Chirstmas book. Our dollar store sells wrapped gift ornaments that would make prep faster on this. I bought a 10-pack of 1-inch ones, but I think they had a larger size as well. My girls would love to do this with sight words. Thanks for sharing with #made4kids this week, Jodie.
My kids would have blast with this activity. Love visiting the recycle bin to make our activities and crafts! Thanks for sharing at Made for Kids!
Janet Huffman says
I love these wonderful ideas to try with my granddaughter.