Pete the Cat Chalk Pastel Fun

We had so much fun creating artwork with one of our favorite children’s books, My Blue Boat, we thought we’d continue on with Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes! Pete the Cat is a repeated bedtime reading – especially with our younger two. Because…

I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes…

“Oh no! Pete stepped in a big pile of strawberries” (or oh no, I made a pastel mark I didn’t mean to)…

“Was Pete sad? Goodness no, he just kept walking along and singing his song…” (and we’d just smudge the unwanted mark, layer and adjust. We just kept looking at the Pete the Cat cover and drawing our cats.)

Nana studied the back of the Pete the Cat book and sketched off part of Pete’s face for Lil’ Buddy. He then blended the pastels with his finger, filling in Pete’s face. Just a little bit more time with art each time and he is growing a love. He’s told me the past two afternoons, “Mama, I want to paint!”

And we just enjoyed this time drawing Pete the Cat by looking at the cover, noticing the details, and creating them with chalk pastels. It was fun making the curve of Pete’s tail. The yellow of his eyes. Those long whiskers. And, of course, we loved drawing the white shoes!

Our results.

Because it’s all good.


  • Pete the Cat – Free song and story download available on the Harper Collins Children’s Book site.
  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons (over 45 lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.

 Are you a Pete the Cat fan too?

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.


  1. We have black cats with gold eyes and these drawings made me smile. I have never heard of Pete the Cat so I will have to look for it at the library. Great job by all.

  2. I have never heard of Pete the Cat, either, but I can see where the drawings would be wonderful to use for a pastels lesson! I will have to look for it. We love cats here, too.

  3. We did Pete the Cat pictures today. Thanks for the inspiration.
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