Our new white shoes

Your kids will love this Pete the Cat inspired activity!

We have been reading many of the “Pete the Cat” books by Eric Litwin and the latest book we read was “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.” …

In this book, Pete the Cat takes a walk in his new white shoes and along the way steps in a pile of strawberries and more  which makes his shoes turn different colors…

Why we Love Pete the Cat Books

The fun part about reading Pete the Cat books is the way each book is repetitive, predictable, and invites the children to join into the reading too…

Expanding on the Story

After reading our story, the children went off to explore their own white shoe and a little shoestring art. At one table the children found white shoe shapes cut from cardboard and crayons…

Exploring Colors with Pete the Cat

On the other table, the children found white shoe strings and liquid food color…

The children decorated their shoes with the crayons…

And used the watered down liquid water color to dye their white shoestrings different colors…

Enjoying the Process

Some of the children used the paint brushes to dye their shoe strings and others dipped the shoestrings in the liquid water color…

Building Fine Motor Skills

We had the table covered with several layers of paper towels so in the process, we had beautiful tie dyed paper towels too!  One child enjoyed the liquid water color so much that he stayed to dye the paper towels for a little while longer using a dropper…

Once the children finished with a shoestring, we wrapped it up in a dry paper towel and wrung it out for a few minutes.   Then each child laced his or her own shoestring through the holes in his or her own decorated shoe….

Every shoe turned out a little different and all were simply beautiful…

Questions you may ask

I got the shoestrings from the Dollar Store – I only needed one shoestring per child.

The cardboard I used was left over from the DIY Table Top Puppet Stage. (I used the left-over pieces cut out of the center of the stage for the shoes).

I used Coloration Liquid Water Color from Discount School Supply which is washable from the children’s hands but is brilliant in color.  I have also used Sargent brand as well.

We used Crayola Twistable Slick Stix to color our shoes.

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By |2019-01-01T19:01:07+00:00November 26th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Tammy and Parker November 26, 2012 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Such a great idea! I haven’t introduced Parker to Pete the Cat yet……now could be the time!

    Tammy and Parker
    @ParkerMama on Twitter

  2. Mary November 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you as always for sharing great, and creative activities. http://www.projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com

  3. Charice November 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Wow! That preschool activity is really exciting and fun. I am sure that kids will love it! Thanks for sharing and keep posting!

  4. Terri November 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    On behalf of my Pete the Cat-obsessed 3-yr-old, thank you very much for this idea!! 🙂

  5. Kim July 25, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Love this! And if I do it at the beginning of the year, I may send home a reminder that we are busy ( and messy) at preschool! Hopefully parents won’t cry when their pretty new clothes come home played in!????

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