Thursday, October 2, 2014

It's a Pigeon Party!

Brought to you by Esther Burns from the Marion Public Library.

Mo Willems is such a hit in our library with both the young readers—and their parents! We’ve done successful Elephant and Piggie parties here at Marion Public Library, and we’ve now had the opportunity to have a Pigeon Party!
As the children and parents entered, there was a sign in sheet, and also a drawing for a Pigeon book.  All of the graphics I used were taken from Mo Willems’ website:

We started out with the first book, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy.  Before the party, I made small “No!” signs using card stock and craft sticks, and the children used them to tell the Pigeon, “NO!”  They had so much fun with this!  After the book, we sang Stuart Scott’s “Dog in School,” which is always a hit.

The next book was Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late.  Poor Pigeon was getting a lot of “NO!” from the kids!  After the book, we sat down and made Pigeon puppets.  These were really easy- just a blue paper plate (found on, a round circle of white paper and a smaller round circle of black paper for the eye, a small square of orange paper cut in half for the beak, and a craft stick glued on the back.  As you can see, everyone had fun making their puppets!

After our craft, we read The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! I just love hearing the giggles that the Pigeon brings to the kids.  And what else is there to do after that book than eating milk and cookies!  Turns out this snack was a HUGE hit—who knew something so simple as milk and cookies could thrill so many kids!
We headed outside for our last book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  Much to everyone’s excitement, there was an ACTUAL REAL LIFE SCHOOL BUS waiting for us outside!  Most of my kids were either of preschool  age or are homeschooled, so sitting on a bus was a thrill for them.  We read our book, and then each child had the chance to sit in the driver’s seat, and work the bus doors.  It was a BIG DEAL!

Mo Willems’ books are so fantastic that it is so easy to revolve a party around any of them.  Stay tuned, because I think a Knuffle Bunny party is in store soon!  

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