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BLAST Early Learning
Getting Dressed


pete the catPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
story by Eric Litwin;
created & illustrated by James Dean
Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.


joseph had a little overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
by Simms Taback
A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.


Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
by Mo Willems
Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his pronouncement.

Open-ended Questions for Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons :

• What would you do if your buttons started to pop off?
• Why do you think Pete the Cat doesn’t get upset when he loses his buttons?



My Name Is Joe
Hi, my name is Joe, and I work in a button factory
I have a house and a dog and a family
One day, my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey Joe, are you busy?” I said, “No.”
He said, “Press the button with one hand.”

Repeat the song, substituting two hands, one foot, two feet, your head, accumulating more body parts as you sing.

End with:
“Hey Joe, are you busy?” I said, “YES!”



My Hand Is a Wiggling
Oh my hand is a wiggling and I can’t make it stop (wiggle your right hand)
Oh my hand is a wiggling and I can’t make it stop
Oh Mama, Mama, can’t make it stop
Oh my hand is a wiggling and I can’t make it stop
Grab it!
(Grab your right hand with your left hand and hold it through the next verse)

(Continue with elbow, shoulder, head and tongue)

At the end of the last verse bite your tongue and then the song is over.


Vocabulary Word:

favorite: adj. liked over all others

“Pete the Cat put on his favorite shirt with four big, colorful, round, groovy buttons.”

(taken from Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons created and illustrated by James Dean; story by Eric Litwin)




Clothes Graphing
Graph the type of clothes everyone is wearing. You can graph by color or type (ex. shorts, skirts, pants).

Button Sorting
Gather buttons of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Let the kids sort them the buttons into different categories.


Button Jewelry
Materials: shoe laces, buttons with wide holes

Activity: Let the children create their own jewelry by stringing the laces through the holes on the buttons. They can make necklaces, bracelets, and even rings!

Button Art
Materials: glue, various buttons, sturdy paper or cardstock

Activity: Students can create their own masterpiece by gluing buttons onto their paper. Some may choose to make a picture or a pattern, while others may choose to make an abstract creation.

Paint Swatch Game
Materials: paint swatches

Put many different paint swatches on the table. Let the children find a paint swatch that closely matches a piece of clothing that they are wearing. After that, they can look through the room for other things that match their paint swatch or their clothing.



Ella Sarah Gets Dressed

by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Despite the advice of others in her family, Ellah Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.


My Clothes = Mi Ropa
by Rebecca Emberley
Introduces Spanish and English words for pieces of clothing.

zorro gets an outfit

Zorro Gets an Outfit
by Carter Goodrich
Zorro is embarrassed at having to wear a fancy outfit to the park and Mister Bud is unable to cheer him up until a "cool" new dog arrives in his own fancy clothes and challenges the friends to a race.

I love my white shoesI Love My White Shoes
story by Eric Litwin; art by James Dean
As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.