Reading to my daughter is typically the most relaxing point of my day. We grab a stack of books, sit together under a blanket, and read. I try to make it sound magical, with different voices for each character, sounds of emotion as the characters cry or laugh. I’m sure I sound like an idiot, but if it works, right? Sometimes, if the books is interesting enough to her and if we read it a couple times, my daughter can turn around and ‘read’ it to me. It’s the cutest thing. Her memory is off the charts (until it’s time to remember things that I tell her to do..then she can’t remember anything).
When a book is really exciting to my daughter I try to set up a craft to go with it. I feel as though doing a craft inspired by a book, or set of books, helps continue the story. To continue the thoughts of the characters, how they interact, and keep the wheels spinning in her brain.
Mo Willems books are adorable! The pictures are so creative and fun. When we read The Duckling Gets A Cookie, it was a no brainer that we had to create a cute pigeon and duckling. We’ve made duck crafts before but I can’t saw we’ve ever made a pigeon before. That made it even more exciting, at least for me!
Supplies Needed For Mo Willems Inspired Craft: Pigeon & Duck
- Tissue Paper: Yellow & Blue
- Card Stock: Yellow, Blue, White, Orange
- Black Marker
- Glue Stick
This craft is unbelievably simple. I cut a half circle out of each color, blue and yellow. Then we cut up pieces of tissue paper. While my daughter glued on the pieces of tissue paper I cut out the head, eyes, beak, & feet. All circles, a cylinder for the neck, and I cut out hearts for the feet. When the tissue paper was put on, my daughter glued on the remaining pieces and we were done.
The craft was done, I should say. We were not done. We used the pigeon and duck to create a story. Nothing that was found in the book itself, but my daughter continued on the characteristics of the Pigeon & Duck. It amazes me how much she can pick up from a simple book. Kids are amazing. This book shows how duckling asks for something specific (a cookie) and gets it. Pigeon is jealous and goes all crazy, when come to find out the duckling asked for the cookie because he wanted to give it to Pigeon. Pigeon eventually says thank you and duckling gets his own cookie.
To me this teaches patience, understanding, how dangerous jealousy can be, and that simple acts of kindness go a long way. And always say Thank You! Mo Willems is a fantastic author and illustrator. I can’t wait to read more of his stories to my daughter!