Another activity that we did for our Mo Willems Author Study (see more here) coincides with Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus.
First I copied a different pigeon for every child from the book and I cut them out. Then, I had popsicle sticks for kids to attach the pigeon to with glue. When everyone was finished, we read the book. As we were reading the kids held up their pigeon puppets and we tried to find each one in the story. I wish that I took a picture of the kids while we were reading the book. They were so into it! We had to keep stopping so they could sit down. They wanted to read it again as soon as we were finished! It was really fun!
Next, we talked about all of the different pigeon books that Mo Willems wrote. I had a few examples for the kids to look through. I had the kids think about what other book they would like to see featuring the pigeon. Then, we started crafting…
We created a pigeon out of construction paper and glued it onto a large piece of paper. Then we attached a paper to the bottom of the large piece (see below) with the new titles of pigeon books that the kids came up with. I made sure that I wrote down exactly what the kids said, whether it made sense or not.
Materials needed, per each child:
- one body
- one head
- one white strip measured to the width of the neck
- one beck
- one eye
- black marker, I drew the legs and wing on each (for older kids, they could do this part)
- one large construction piece of paper
- one page for their pigeon title ideas, “Don’t Let the Pigeon…”
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