Ms. Debbie and I acted out/read There Is A Bird On My Head. I knew we were having fun with it, but it wasn't until I looked at the pictures one of our patrons took of us reading, that I saw how focused the children were on us. I think the kiddos may have enjoyed it almost as much as we did!
PigeonPresents.com. Mo Willems has all kinds of awesome resources for schools and libraries to use for his book celebrations, and there are also online games for children to play on his site. You should definitely check it out!
The children made "nests" from paper bowls and brown paper. I especially love the skinny pieces of cut brown paper sack, they made awesome "straw" for the nests. Everyone colored birds and put them in their nests. Now they can act out the story just like Ms. Debbie and I did!
Our next station was making Piggie paper bag puppets. I found the idea here. There wasn't a pattern for them, and our paper sacks were very small, so I whipped up an outline and made copies on pink paper.
Of course we also needed a third activity, a sensory bin. One of the Elephant and Piggie books is Shall I Share My Ice Cream?, so Ms. Kathleen made us some ice cream dough. She mixed a large box of baking soda with several packets of frosting mix in (just color and scent, sugar free powdered drink mix would work too), and made us pink and blue "ice cream" to play with. We kept it in the refrigerator until it was time to play, so that it was cold too!
As the children left, we asked them to vote/graph about which character they preferred, Elephant or Piggie.
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We'll keep building on this wall each week, always talking briefly about the results of the previous week's graph. When we looked at our Chinese New Year graph, we noticed that there were 10 votes for dragon painting, and 10 votes for tangrams - they were equal! We learned the sign language sign for equal, and added a great math word to our vocabularies. I made sure that this week's graph is oriented vertically, because graphs are definitely not always horizontal. We'll have to have some pictographs soon, and.... well, all that will have to wait. Stay tuned, and come back next week to see what else we are getting up to at the library!
Need more Elephant and Piggie ideas? Check out my post about Happy Pig Day with lots more ideas about celebrating these favorite characters!