Friday, April 11, 2014

The Pigeon Needs a Bath Party! Craft and a Story Book Activities

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Ever since Mo Willems' book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" was first published 10 years ago, the Pigeon has become a beloved picture book character selling more than 4 million book copies in the series. This April 1, 2014, the 8th book in the series, "The Pigeon Needs a Bath!" was released, my girls and I were so excited because the Pigeon series is a favorite in our household - we also love Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie. 

I was SO excited to be able to design a craft and host a 
Pigeon party for my daughter's First Grade class to kick off the new book release! 
Because I can't take photos of the students at school (to protect their privacy), 
I documented our crafts, activities and snacks here to share with you in case you want to host your own Pigeon themed party. 

Aren't these balloons adorable?
The kids LOVED the pigeon balloons we received in our goody box! 

Paper lanterns in blues and greens were perfect ceiling decor 
and looked like bubbles for our bath-themed Pigeon Birthday party!

Snacks were simple. 

Root-beer floats because they remind me of the bubbles in the bathtub, especially with fresh whipped cream on top and "muddy" brown Pigeon water - LOL! 

We also snacked on Chocolate Chip cookies (no nuts) in honor of our other favorite Mo Willems' Pigeon character, "Duckling" of "Duckling Gets a Cookie" book fame! 

If we hadn't been combing our Pigeon party with a student in the classroom's Pizza Birthday party on the same afternoon, I would have set up a Hot Dog bar with all the toppings because we all know that Pigeons Love Hot Dogs! 

The Mo Willems books and characters are perfect party themes and a great jumping off point for literacy units with reading and writing activities, 
as well as crafts with young children at school. 
The Official Website is loaded with great activities for home or your classroom. 

The First Graders and I kicked off our Pigeon themed celebration with me reading the newest book "The Pigeon Needs a Bath!" out loud to them.
They thought it was hilarious and laughed through the whole story. 

Then, we went back to our desks and made this simple and adorable craft, 
"Clean Pigeon/Dirty Pigeon" I came up with 
using card-stock, a brad or fastener,  and half of a paper plate. 

I drew a Mo Willems style pigeon on a piece of paper with a sharpie and copied it onto card-stock with the copy machine at school. Then the kids colored in their clean and dirty pigeons with crayons, colored pencils, markers, and twistables. 

Then, they carefully cut out the pigeon and we attached 
them to a half of a paper plate with a brass brad/fastener so you can spin the pigeon 
in the bath tub and make a "clean" pigeon or a "dirty" pigeon sitting in the tub! 

So easy and the kids thought it was hilarious. Their teacher loved it too! 
Here's a view of the back of a project! 

The kids did a GREAT job coloring their clean and dirty pigeons and did a great job cutting out the two-sided pigeon - it was a bit tricky! 
A couple of kids added "stink" lines (see below) so they cut out stinky clouds around their pigeons to include the lines - so funny! 

The First Grade students also worked on some worksheets from the Mo Willems website and a writing activity writing excuses for why the Pigeon didn't need a bath. 
Their answers were awesome! 
"I am allergic to soap" was my favorite. 

The publisher was generous enough to send us copies of some favorite 
Mo Willems Pigeon books so we donated full sets to the First Grade classrooms 
as well as several copies to the school library! 
The kids couldn't wait to check out copies to read at home!

Happy Pigeon Reading!

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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