Pete the Cat Magical Sunglasses Craft
(This craft was inspired by a Pete the Cat Book! You can out more about Pete the Cat on his website!) Pete the Cat is an adorable set of books for young kids that every kid should read at least once. There are a lot of books, and so many fun ways to tie learning into the books. In Pete the Cat and His Magical Sunglasses, Pete is sad. He is given a pair of magical blue sunglasses that helps him see the world in a whole new way, which cheers him right up! Pete goes around helping all his friends have a better day by trying the glasses on. Of course, at the end of the story, Pete learns he can see things in a new way even without glasses! This fun craft lets kids literally see things in a new way by creating their own set of Pete the Cat magical sunglasses craft.
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
Pete the Cat Magical Sunglasses Craft
What you’ll need to make the Pete the Cat magical sunglasses craft:
- Blue cardstock paper
- Blue pipe cleaners
- Plastic baggies
- Blue sharpie
Pete the Cat Magical Sunglasses Craft Directions
- Fold a piece of blue cardstock paper in half. Draw the outline of one side of glasses on the paper. While the paper is folded, cut out the glasses. When you open the paper, you will have a pair of glasses.
- Cut open the plastic bag. Place one side over the glasses. Glue in place. When the glue is dry, cut the excess plastic off the glasses.
- Cut the pipe cleaner in half. Glue one half to the side of each lens so kids can wear the glasses. Wait for the glue to dry.
- When the glue is dry, color the clear part of the glasses with the blue sharpie. Let the sharpie dry.
- Once everything is dry, help the kids wear the sunglasses by molding the pipe cleaner around their ears.
Kids will be delighted to see that their whole world is now blue!
Talk about how Pete the Cat isn’t a literal story, but a concept of how you can make your own day better, just by changing your attitude!
If you would like a template for the Magic sunglasses craft, click here!
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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.
Instead of covering the lenses area with a baggie, how about just laminate them. Then cut them out close to the edge. Then have the kids color them. Is there a pattern for the glasses?
I live that! That is a fantastic idea for people with laminating machines! Thanks for the awesome idea!
I am a little concerned about the sharpie. Do the children handle it well or do they leave their marks on the table?. I am thinking if I laminate, I may have them try crayon. I will have to experiment.
Yes, agreed, the sharpie is risky. I usually put down some white or brown paper on the table if I pull out the sharpies!
If kids get sharpie on the desk colour over it with whiteboard marker and erase it away! 😉 In my experience its only a couple little marks. Kids do great with sharpies!
I agree! I love that trick … dry-erase markers erasing permanent markers! Thanks for the tip!