September 6, 2012

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus



I've obviously got a trend is week of posts based on library books; hopefully it will help my children's comprehension.  So the other big book this last week was "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Mo Willems. I think Bria had to one memorized. It was fun for them to tell the pigeon "no" repeatedly, but it also let us talk about why it would be bad for the pigeon to drive the bus (why we have rules) and why they said no (respect for the driver in charge of the bus). I don't know if any of that stuck, but maybe with a few repeats. I found a cute pigeon handprint craft at Mommy and Me Book Club, and we made our own version.  Instead of painting the whole thing, I cut out heads, eyes, and collars ahead of time.  We made handprints using the thumb as the pigeon's neck, and once dry, I let the girls glue the rest on and draw legs and beak (I helped Eli).









I also cut out buses based on the pattern from All Kids Network.  This time I just did it for the girls and let them glue them together however they wanted.







While gluing the buses, Bria started singing " The Wheels on the Bus."  We went through the normal verses and then sang one for each kid and the pigeon.  This week at the library, Bria was excited to find "The Duckling Gets a Cookie," so we'll see where that goes.




21 comments:

  1. My sweet little toddler twins LOVE this book. I am going to do this craft with them this week to preserve their little handprints. Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. Definitely need to preserve the little hands! Enjoy!

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  2. I love this story! The pigeon books are my favorite from Mo Willems. This week we did activities about another one of his books. Looks like you guys had a ton of fun!

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    1. They are cute books. I am sure they will become a favorite around here! I'll have to go check out what you all did too!

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  3. Very cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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    1. Thanks for hosting Sharing Saturday.

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  4. Very cute photos! Looks like the girls had a great time. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    1. Thanks! They really fell in love with Mo Willems bookw. I think we have checked out almost everyone at the library now!

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  5. I have yet to come across a child who doesn't enjoy the pigeon books. Willemstad now has a whole activity book full of fun ideas and activities involving the pigeon, but your activities re great too.

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    1. Thanks Heidi! The girls really enjoy all the books. We recently found the Gerald and Piggie books, and my oldest was super excited because she could read most of them!

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  6. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for recommending this! It looks like a lot of fun!

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  7. Love love love this - what a great way to teach your kids. We find ourselves doing similar "themes" from library trips often.

    Thanks again for linking up with Cozy Book Hop

    Marissa
    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com

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  8. What a fun craft! They turned out really great. I am running across Mo Willems all over the place lately. Our Featured Guest Reviewer last week reviewed a Mo Willems book, We are in a Book! They are so unique and special. Thanks so much for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. :D

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    1. They certainly are unique and quite catchy! Thanks for visiting and hosting!

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  9. The hand bird is awesome! I bet she did love making it!
    I'm happy to be visiting from the Children's Literature Blog Hop.

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    1. They were quite happy with them! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your pigeon! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/handprint-pigeons/

    Thanks for a fun project idea!

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