Environmental Print Activities

You don’t have to be a teacher to know that young children begin to “read” signs before they can actually read. This is environmental print at work.

Think about your own children or children you know who can tell you what a stop sign says or identify restaurant logos long before they are formally reading.

You can use environmental print in the classroom to support the development of emergent literacy skills.

Using activities in the classroom that are meaningful to kids helps make new concepts- like letters and words, easier to learn.

5 Free Environmental Print Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Environmental Print Pocket Chart Activities

Your kids will feel confident and successful “reading” this pocket chart during literacy centers in your classroom.

Packed full of valuable literacy learning, this activity also reinforces concepts of print! There are two pocket chart packets available for you to download at the bottom of the environmental print page.

Printable Literacy Pocket Chart Activity for Preschool and Kindergarten

Environmental Print Class Book

Environmental Print What’s for Breakfast? Book

Nothing is more meaningful to a child than his or her name and picture! Use their interest to create a class book that contains their favorite breakfast cereal, pictures, and names.

Young children will be highly motivated to “read” this book independently, so place a copy in your classroom library!

Printable Environmental Print Bingo Game

Environmental Print Bingo

Everybody loves bingo! This printable game uses logos that are familiar to young children. Download your free copy of the Environmental Print Bingo game today and get your print party started!

Environmental Print Traffic Signs Free Printable for #preschool

Environmental Print in the Block Center

Incorporating meaningful print in the block center is the perfect way to combine learning and fun in the classroom! Learn how to use these printable traffic signs to make connections to meaningful print in your classroom.

Printable Note to Parents about Environmental Print

Environmental Print Note to Parents

Enlist the help of your parents to collect environmental print for use in your classroom with this printable note.

This note explains what environmental print is and how it supports vital emergent literacy skills. You can download this printable note at the bottom of the environmental print page.

Follow my Environmental Print board on Pinterest for more great ideas!
Environmental Print Pinterest Board

Where is Pete the Cat Activity

Do you read the Pete the Cat books to your students at the beginning of the school year?

These are some ideas for using everybody’s favorite blue cat to familiarize your students with school and celebrate the start of a groovy year!

I also made a few printables for you too, keep reading to get your copies.

Pete the Cat Beginning of the Year Hunt
Disclosure: Amazon links included below

Where’s Pete?

Searching for Pete is a huge hit with kids and is sure to be the highlight of your school year! This activity will familiarize your kids with their school building and important staff members they will be interacting with all year long.

Start by reading all the Pete Cat books you can get your hands on the first week of school.

If you have an adorable plush Pete the Cat, place him in your lap or next to you as you read a different book each day. Pass Pete around after reading each book and let each child give him a hug or tell him “It’s all good!”

At the end of the first week of school- or whenever you’re ready, set up your Pete hunt- continue reading for the directions. You could also do this activity as a scavenger hunt with parents at your Meet the Teacher event.

I prefer to do this type of activity after the students are familiar with the Pete stories and the character so it is more meaningful to them.

I also don’t like to try herding my kids through the hallways on the first day of school- it’s a recipe for disaster. Instead, I prefer to wait until they have become a little more comfortable with the school routine; it’s less stressful and more fun for everybody this way.

Searching for Pete

Print out the footprint template below and copy or trace on colored paper; red for strawberries, blue for blueberries, and brown for mud.

Next, cut out the footprints. Then, determine which locations in the school you would like to visit. Some suggestions are; cafeteria, nurse’s office, principal’s office, school secretary, library, gym, music, and art. Discuss your plan with the person in each location and invite them to play along. Place your plush Pete the Cat in the final destination on your school tour.

When the children are otherwise occupied, place one set of footprints in the hallway leading away from your classroom and towards your first destination.

If the children haven’t already noticed, ask them if they have seen Pete. When they can’t find him, suggest they look outside the classroom entrance.

Follow the footprints to the first destination and ask the person located there if they have seen Pete. The person that works there will say “no” but call your attention to more footprints leading in another direction. Spend a few moments introducing the person to the children and explaining his or her role at school.

Change the color of the footprints along the way to reflect the color changes that take place in the book. At your final destination the children will discover the plush Pete.
Pete the Cat Hunt Printable Footprints
Download your Pete the Cat footprints above.

Pete the Cat Back-to-School Party

Pete the Cat Party

When you return to the classroom you can celebrate with a delicious and healthy fruit pizza snack! I have included a printable picture recipe for you below. Your kids can follow the picture recipe to help them assemble their very own Pete the Cat fruit pizza snack. Just print the picture recipe and cut, and then place a copy at your assembly station.

This activity will help support sequencing skills, left to right progression, and following directions.

Here are the ingredients and materials you will need to make a Pete the Cat fruit pizza snack:

  • Rice cakes
  • Craft stick
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Whipped cream or Cool Whip
  • Nutella or nut free substitute such as soy butter
  • Paper plates

Pete the Cat Fruit Pizza Snack

Pete the Cat Fruit Pizza Picture Recipe

To assemble the fruit pizza snacks, first place a rice cake on your plate. Next, spread some Nutella (or nut free substitute) on your rice cake with the craft stick.

Then, place some strawberries and blueberries on top of your rice cake. Finally, top your fruit pizza with whipped cream.

You may be wondering why the whipped cream goes on last. The whipped cream hides the fruit, of course! Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Pete the Cat Printable Picture Recipe for Kids
Click on the picture above to download the printable picture recipe.

Pete the Cat Classroom Party

Pete the Cat Printable Water Bottle Labels

I also created these printable Pete the Cat water bottle labels for you. The labels say “It’s all good!” and fit child-sized water bottles. I included a blue version and a black and white version to save ink. Just print as many copies of the labels as you need, then cut and tape to the water bottles.

Printable Pete the Cat Water Bottle Labels
Click on the picture above to download the water bottle labels.

Pete the Cat Blue Sneaker Pinata

Pete the Cat Party Activities

But wait, the party’s not over yet! Head over to Kathy Griffin’s Teaching Strategies for another fun activity to include in your celebration plus a free printable!

More Pete the Cat Ideas:
Alliteration with Pete the Cat
Pete the Cat Rhyming Hat
Learning Letter Sounds with Pete the Cat
Learning Prepositions with Pete the Cat
Simple Story Problems with Pete the Cat
Learning Concepts of Print with Pete the Cat

Follow my Pete the Cat board on Pinterest for more great ideas!
Pete the Cat Pinterest Board

Learning Concepts of Print with Pete the Cat

Do your kids love Pete the Cat? The character of Pete the Cat is wildly popular with young children.

Why not capitalize on this popularity and use Pete to teach academic skills such as concepts of print to your students?

Using Pete the Cat will make teaching this skill super fun and your kids will learn to love books and reading- it’s a win-win!

Learning Concepts of Print with Pete the Cat
Disclosure: Amazon links included below

Concepts of Print

Concepts of print are emergent literacy skills that are considered one of the most important factors in determining future reading success.

These skills involve the ability to recognize and understand the functions of print. I have listed some of the components that are included in concepts of print for you below.

  • Left to right progression (words on the page are read from left to right)
  • One-to-one correspondence (spoken words match print)
  • Return sweep (you return to the left after reaching the end of a line of print)
  • Spaces between words
  • Top to bottom (words on a page are read from top to bottom)
  • Beginning and end (where to start and stop reading a word, sentence, or book)

Pete the Cat Button Pointer

Button Pointer

This button pointer was super easy to make, here are the materials needed to make your own Pete the Cat button pointers.

Materials Needed:

I found the yellow craft sticks at my local craft store. I already had plenty of E6000 glue on hand as well as the buttons.

How to Make the Button Pointer

Use your E6000 glue to attach the button to the craft stick and allow to dry thoroughly. I prefer E6000 because it will stick anything to anything – forever! Just be sure to use it outdoors and don’t bring it to school.

How to Use the Button Pointer

After you have read some of the Pete the Cat books to your class, especially Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, introduce the button pointer to the children.

Use the pointer to point to the text in big books, pocket charts and any charts you create in your classroom to develop and reinforce concepts of print. Kids will love seeing Pete’s button and be eager to follow along as you read.

You can make a few extra pointers and place them in your classroom library or make one for each child to use during independent reading.

More Pete the Cat Ideas:
Alliteration with Pete the Cat
Pete the Cat Rhyming Hat
Learning Letter Sounds with Pete the Cat
Learning Prepositions with Pete the Cat
Simple Story Problems with Pete the Cat

Follow my Pete the Cat board on Pinterest for more great ideas!
Pete the Cat Pinterest Board

Join 20,000+ other teachers and get great ideas delivered to your inbox!