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It’s always more fun when you can combine craft time with story time! And with today’s simple Pete the Cat pumpkin lantern craft idea – you will, too!
This fun lantern craft is perfect for your Halloween story time activities. Young children will love the story of Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete, and you’ll love how simple this paper lantern craft is to complete. As an added bonus, your students will build fine motor muscles as they cut and paste this craft together.
Head to Amazon or your local bookstore to snag Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete, then give these fun book- based activities a try!
Pete the Cat Pumpkin Lantern Craft
In the story Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete, we follow Pete and pals as they enjoy a Halloween adventure! This is the perfect book for the Halloween season, and when you are done enjoying it there are several educational activities you can try.
These book-based activities will help extend the text in a meaningful way, and keep the kids engaged after the story is over.
Make your own mini pumpkin bucket, just like the one we see Pete using in our story.
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Do
1. Begin by cutting out a 2 inch wide, 6-8 inches long strip of orange construction paper. This will be the base of your bucket.
2. Create a tube shape with the orange strip. Secure the seam with tape or craft glue.
3. Cut out a thin, short strip of orange construction paper to make handle for your bucket. Arch the handle over the top of the bucket and secure into place with glue.
4. Using the black construction paper, cut out the face of your jack-o-lantern. We cut out just a simple mouth and triangles for the eyes. Secure them to the front of your bucket with a dab of glue.
5. Your paper pumpkin is now ready to be displayed as a fun Halloween decor piece!
More Learning Activities:
#1 Candy Sorting Fun
Trick or treating and candy go hand in hand. Here is how you can put a handful of candy to good use when you sort and graph it.
All you’ll need is assorted Halloween candy, paper, and markers.
Begin by spreading out the candy on the table. You want a good 15-20 pieces of candy to work with. At this time, you can also make quick predictions on which candy you have the most/least of.
Start separating the candy by name. For example, put all of the Starburst in one pile, all of the Snickers in another pile, and all of the Skittles in even another pile.
Once all of the candy is separated, you can graph it. Create a simple bar graph that shows how many pieces of each kind of candy you have.
Share your findings. Discuss the various kinds of candy and how the numbers are reflected on the graph.
#2 Writing Prompt: A Night Trick or Treating with Pete
Can you imagine Trick or Treating with Pete the Cat? What would that look like? This writing prompt will explore that!
Begin by enjoying the book and discussing the adventures of Pete. Would you like to hang out with Pete? What would that be like? What adventures would you have?
Spend 15 minutes working on this writing prompt. Older children can write about what that adventure would look like. Younger children can draw a picture or illustration! Be sure children give as many details as they can, use adjectives and descriptive words, and think about Pete’s character when creating their prompts.
When you are done, share your writing prompts with each other. You will no doubt have lots of laughs!
Give this fun Halloween book a try, then give these three book based activities a try. They are sure to fun, education, and enjoyable for kids long after the book is over.