It’s been a while since we participated in the Virtual Book Club for Kids! It’s been a crazy few months, but I always like joining in to hear about new books and read other bloggers’ takes on them. We read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons this month.

Pete the Cat

When we first read it, my son was most entertained by the idea of the buttons popping off and flying away. So naturally we made a Pete the Cat Catapult!

Pete the Cat buttons

We constructed our catapult from random things we had around the house. Our supplies included a plastic spoon, a styrofoam ball, popsicle sticks and a hot glue gun to join it together. The spoon is not glued into the ball so we played around with the angle a little bit. Use your imagination and whatever’s jammed in your craft bins to make your own!

Pete the Cat 4 Groovy Buttons Catapult


My son is 3.5 and I don’t think he’s ever seen a catapult before. He wasn’t sure how to work it at first. But he caught on quickly. My daughter got into it too (naturally, she’s can’t be left out of anything) and she picked up the job of loading and retrieving the button.

Pete the Cat Catapult Launch

He had a lot of fun launching the buttons (also just randoms from our drawers). As we played he started repeating some of the lines from the story. We had four buttons and one popped off. Now how many do we have? 3!

Pete the Cat reading

He enjoyed the book and we read it many times. I really appreciated the natural link to math. We’ve only just started talking about some simple addition with number sentences. (I’m working on a post about that!) I think one of the most difficult things about math is just understanding the language and how that translates into numbers. Books like this one are excellent ways to get the language of math into your home.

Pete the Cat math

Have you ever built a catapult before? What did you use? 


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