Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Fun with Elephant and Piggie!

We LOVE Elephant and Piggie!  And Pigeon! And Knuffle Bunny!  Pretty much all of Mo Willems' books!  Okay... I guess basically I just love books... but Elephant and Piggie are special!
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
This week we had an Elephant and Piggie story time.  :-)  Do you see who is trying to sneak in?
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
That silly Pigeon!  Don't worry Pigeon, you'll have your own special day in a few weeks.

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!
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
Of course we sang and danced, and Ms. Debbie read another book about our cute friends - and then we got to play/learn.
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
I downloaded the Pigeon and Duckling finger puppets from 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!
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
Look at those fine motor skills - strengthening little fingers to prepare them for writing tasks as they prepare for school.

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.  
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
The kiddos cut them out, and added eyes and nostrils to their piggy faces, and ta-da!  Piggie puppets!
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!

So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!

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!
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
We pulled out ice cream scoops and some stale ice cream cones, and our friends had a great time!
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
I often mention that the children have different ideas for how to use things than what we envision, and this week was no exception.  One little girl played with her "ice cream" for so long that the cone began falling apart.  That was a new opportunity to explore, and she crumbled the cone and dough together for a very long time.  As I watched her, she told me she was making it into a "salad".  (I can see a lot of potential for an ice cream salad, she's brilliant!)

So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
I turned poster board into the cover of an Elephant and Piggy book, I Am In A Book, and we took pictures of our friends in it.  When they were all done, Ms. Debbie and I had a turn too!

As the children left, we asked them to vote/graph about which character they preferred, Elephant or Piggie.
So many fun ideas about ways to celebrate Elephant and Piggie: bird on my head hats, we are in a book poster, Piggie puppets, ice cream sensory play and more!
The graph is on the bottom left of our new graphing wall, and you can see for yourself which character had the most votes!  I created some posters to help parents see what we learn from this activity, and am happy to share them with you too.  They are free on my TeachersPayTeachers store, please click and download.

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!

2 comments:

  1. Very cute ideas! I love Elephant and Piggy!

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    1. Thank you Katie, I do too! They're so simple and readable for the kids, but with such big personalities that they're impossible to resist.

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