Pete the Cat Styrofoam Cup Craft
(This craft was inspired by a Pete the Cat Book! You can out more about Pete the Cat on his website!) The Pete the Cat books are so much fun and teach kids valuable lessons about life. Kids usually love the Pete the Cat books because of their simple stories, silly structure, and bright colors. Bring Pete the Cat to life by transforming a simple Styrofoam or paper cup into your very own Pete the Cat! Kids will love making this Pete the Cat Styrofoam Cup craft and keeping him on their bookshelves at home. If you have never read Pete the Cat books, you should! he is a groovy cat that children love! Here are some of our favorite books!
Pete the Cat and the Treasure MapPete the Cat: Out of This WorldPete the Cat: The First ThanksgivingPete the Cat’s Train Trip (My First I Can Read)Pete the Cat: 5-Minute Pete the Cat Stories: Includes 12 Groovy Stories!
Pete the Cat Styrofoam Cup Craft
What you’ll need to make the Pete the Cat craft:< ul>
- 1 Styrofoam or paper cup per child
- Yellow paper
- Glue paper
- White paper
- Glue stick
- Pipe cleaner (1 per cat)
- Blue markers
Styrofoam Pete the Cat Craft Directions
- Give a cup to each kid. If you can’t find blue cups, you can color in a white cup with blue markers like we did. The kids had a lot of fun coloring in the cups. I think it was their favorite part of this craft.
- If you’re using markers, you’ll need to let the cup dry a bit. While the cup is drying, give each child 4 strips of blue paper. This will become Pete’s arms and legs.
- Show the kids how to fold the paper with the accordion fold. You can give Pete straight arms and legs, but I liked how the folded paper looked.
- Cut a tail for each Pete from blue paper. Cut two yellow eyes and a white nose for each Pete. Cut a pipe cleaner into six pieces for his whiskers.
- Let the kids glue the eyes, arms, legs, tail, nose, and whiskers onto Pete the Cat. Make sure the glue is dry before the kids take Pete home. The whiskers will take the longest to dry, but if you lay the cup flat while drying, they shouldn’t fall off of the cup’s face.
When the glue is dry, set Pete on a bookshelf to monitor reading activities!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.
Thank you so much for your prayers thankfully we were not effected by the weather. Also thank you for all that you do!
You are so welcome! I am so glad were not effected by the hurricanes. Have fun and enjoy Pete the Cat!