Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Mamma Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
We continued this month’s theme of pets by talking about CATS. We started out by reading Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Eric Litwin’s Pete the Cat series always makes me happy. The kids love the singing and the story lines. I love that it is so easy to include the children in the storytelling. These books have everything, colors, counting, a nice message.
Mamma Cat Has Three Kittens is a sweet little story. Mamma cat does indeed have three kittens: Fluffy, Skinny and Boris. Fluffy and Skinny do everything their mother does, but Boris keeps sleeping through their antics. The kids really loved looking for the hidden creatures on every page.
This week’s accompanying activity was a traditional counting rhyme. I used 5 cat silhouettes on my counting windows and removed each one as I progressed through the rhyme.
Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens, sleeping on a chair.
One rolled off, leaving four there.
Four little kittens, climbing in a tree
one hid in a bird’s nest; then there were three.
Three little kittens, wondered what to do.
One saw a mouse, then there were two.
Two little kittens, playing in the sun.
One chased a ball, now there is one.
One little kitten, with fur soft as silk,
Left all alone to drink a dish of milk.
Our art word this week was CIRCLE. We briefly discussed the difference between a circle and an oval and also talked about some things we could see that are circles. Included in this discussion were Pete the Cat’s round buttons which led us (conveniently) into our featured art project.
Our project this week used circle cut outs of various sizes as well as my hand made paint daubers. To make a dauber yourself, take a disposable water bottle (I’d suggest an aquapod type water bottle because they’re more rigid). Add about a half cup of tempera paint. Add a quarter cup of water and stir if your paint is very thick. Use a flat round makeup sponge or a cheap synthetic sponge to cover the top of your water bottle. Hold the sponge in place with a rubber band. Add masking tape around the edges of your sponge if you’re feeling paranoid. To paint, tip the bottles upside down and dot, dot, dot. Do not squeeze the bottles.
This painting method is especially fulfilling for a few reasons. First, there is a novelty factor. Second, there is slightly less painting mess to clean up as the paint almost always moves directly from dauber to paper and almost never ends up on the table. Third, the various colors seem to mix much less so the finished pieces are a pastiche of various colors, not an ugly brown mess. Fourth, although you do need some time to set up the bottles and clean off the sponges to use again another day, there is almost no wasted paint because at the end of the day, you just put the caps back on the water bottles.
Featured art station set up:
- Paint Daubers
- Circle cut outs