Our family spent another fun evening at Commerce Township Community Library celebrating the Pigeon, and other favorite Mo Willems characters. If somehow you haven’t met and fallen in love with these books, take some time to look at them. All of my grandchildren love them, from 15 month old Max to 6 year old Owen; and I know they will keep enjoying them for a long time.
Here are a few that were on display at the Pigeon Party. Our favorites are probably Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny, but we haven’t read them all either!
They began the special evening by reading a Mo Willems book and giving the children a chance to try out some special dances: Piggie Jiggle, Twist and Snout, Air Piggie, Shakin’ Bacon, Happy Hooves, Elephant Slide, The Shy Guy, The Funky Trunky, Jumbo Gumbo, and Rob-Gerald 3000.
After dancing the families were free to explore all the great centers that were set up around the room.
The kids loved making paper bag puppets, they could choose either the Elephant or Piggie.
They had fun pretending to be the duckling or the pigeon trying to “eat” a cookie. The head with an eye was glued onto a spring clothespin and the children counted how many pom poms they could pick up. Some of the pom poms were decorated to look like chocolate chips – or nuts?
The illustrations in the book Knufflebunny, and Knufflebunny too are photographs with the characters drawn into the scenes. For this activity the children chose a large photograph and colored and glued on any characters they liked. There were lots of background photos to choose from, as well as a whole bunch of characters.
The children enjoyed trying to walk carrying a paper nest filled with plastic eggs on their heads. I am not sure which book this is from! I need to check it out!
This Mad Lib activity was great for the school aged children who attended. Even the little ones could make suggestions to fill in the blanks.
I loved seeing what all my grandchildren drew and wrote in their cartoons.
The children had fun making play dough clothes to cover up the Naked Mole Rat!
There are lots of wonderful ideas for extensions of more Mo Willems books on Pinterest, and also on Mo Willems’ website. Thanks again Commerce Library!