Category: Mo Willems

Mo Willems’ We Are in a Play: Library Style

I wrote a play based on Mo Willems’ books featuring his famous characters Elephant and Piggie. I blended elements of a few stories together: My Friend is Sad, Are You Ready to Play Outside, A Big Guy Took My Ball, I’m a Frog! and My New Friend is So Fun! I made simple costumes using Oriental Trading’s DIY Knight’s Armor. I drew the characters on letter sized paper, copied them on colored paper and the children glued them to the armor. wpid-we-are-in-a-play-costume-props-3.jpg.jpegwpid-we-are-in-a-play-costume-props-1.jpg.jpegwpid-we-are-in-a-play-costume-props-2.jpg.jpegYou’ll need the following characters and props:

We Are in a Play pages I wrote a script (We Are in a Play Act Two) and then made a Power Point presentation (We Are in a Play Act Two) so each slide looks like a page from the book–complete with color coding and blending!! I fired up the projector and had the actors stand in front of the screen. This way, there was no need for memorization. They could just read the lines. I had this as a mixed age program. I had the older children help with the main roles and behind-the-scenes jobs (such as assistant director, Power Point slide coordinator, props manager), and the younger children take on the walking through extra silly parts (such as clowns, superheroes and cowboys). It was quite a success. The children took home scripts to do with their families, and I’m even told that it was performed in certain classrooms! I’m in the process of writing another act featuring…Pigeon AND Duckling! Stay tuned. For more kickass school age programming, check out Angie’s blog this month at Fat Girl Reading. She’s hosting this month’s Thrive Thursday blog hop. For more information check out the schedulePinterest board, and Facebook Group.

Elephant and Piggie Puppets

Elephant and Piggie Puppets

Piggie and Elephant

You can choose to read any of the beginning readers books in the Elephant and Piggie series. (Click here for more Mo Willems activities.)

You’ll Need:

  • lunch paper bags (I found red and blue bags at Target)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • Elephant and Piggie Puppets (you can photocopy Piggie on pink paper, and Elephant on blue paper, or have the children color)
  • coloring supplies (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut out the pieces of the elephant and pig and glue on to the paper bags.
  2. Now your children can create their own tales with Elephant and Piggie!
I Broke My Trunk

I Broke My Trunk

I Broke My Trunk Craft

The Elephant and Piggie series is the most popular at my library for beginning readers. I’ve developed some activities to go with this series and other Mo Willems books. Here’s one for I Broke My Trunk.

You’ll Need:

Copies of I Broke My Trunk for everyone (you can copy Piggie on pink paper, and Elephant and Hippos on blue paper)

One piece of 11×17 construction paper for each child

Hole punch

Noisemaker (Oriental Trading has these in bulk. The barely make noise!)

Scissors

Glue

Directions:

Cut out Elephant, Piggie, and the Hippos.

Glue all the animals to the 11 x 17 paper.

Use a hole punch punch a nose hole for Gerald.

Push the noisemaker through the hole and blow to watch Gerald’s nose hold up Hippo and the piano.

If you have a larger group, you’ll want to hole punch Gerald and the 11×17 paper ahead of time.

For more children’s activities, check out Storytimes and More On the Go’s Saturday Share.

I Love My New Toy

I Love My New Toy

Break and Snap Toy

This is another installment in the Mo Willems author study series. In I Love My New Toy Piggie gets a new toy that Elephant breaks. Squirrel helps them to figure out it’s a Break-and-Snap Toy. I found a way to use up the extra eggs leftover from a shaker craft.

Here’s how:

eggs (you have to buy ones that have ventilation holes)

pipe cleaners (cut into 1/4s)

small self-adhesive foam and/or jewel stickers

pom poms (optional)

Directions:

Open up enough eggs for the amount of children you have. Mix and match the colors, then distribute.

Twist Pipe Cleaners

Insert 1/4 pipe cleaner into each hole of one half of the egg. Twist together twice. Repeat for the other half of the egg.

Snap egg together. Decorate with stickers. (I tried gluing pom poms to the end of the pipe cleaners with the children, but white glue doesn’t hold. If you’d like to do a little prep work ahead of time, you can hot glue pom poms to the ends of the pipe cleaners.)

Now you have a Break-and-Snap Toy just like Elephant and Piggie!

Don’t Let the Pigeon ______!

Don’t Let the Pigeon ______!

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No matter how many times I read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the kids never tire of yelling at that pesky pigeon! I decided to create a Make-Your-Own Pigeon book. With the arts being cut in my local school district, this activity will allow the kids to use their creativity with their own Pigeon tale. (This is part of a Mo Willems series.)

You’ll need:

a three-piece Pigeon Book folded and stapled

crayons or colored pencils

stapler

Directions:

Copy the booklet double-sided. Fold and staple.

Have the children color the book and then take turns having the children read their stories aloud.

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Knuffle Bunny Too

Knuffle Bunny Too

Mo Willems Memory Game

The sequel to Knuffle Bunny focuses on the attention to details. If Trixie and Sonja had paid more attention, they wouldn’t have mixed up their bunnies. Here’s another Mo Willems activity to help children improve their observation skills.

You’ll Need:

2 copies of Mo Willems Memory Game per child on cardstock (double sided)

crayons or colored pencils

scissors

rubber bands or snack sized baggies to keep cards together

Directions:

Have each child color two copies of the Memory Game.

Cut out each card.

To play:

Put all the cards face-down (with the trumpets facing up).

Take turns flipping two cards, trying to make matches of each Mo Willems character.

The winner is determined by who has the most matches.

Knuffle Bunny

Knuffle Bunny

Knuffle Bunny Craft

This is a first in a series of Mo Willems crafts for an author study. After reading the new classic Knuffle Bunny, the children will make a washing machine filled with clothes and, of course, Knuffle Bunny.

You’ll need:

Knuffle Bunny Washing Machine copied on cardstock

Brads or paper fasteners (2 per child)

Sandwich sized baggies

Knuffle Bunny Laundry coloring page

Hole punch

Tape

Scissors

Back of Washing Machine

Directions:

For adult: Cut out the porthole of the washing machine, and cut out the “door.”

For children: Color and cut out the clothes with Knuffle Bunny.

Tape the sandwich baggie to the back of the washing machine.

Use the hole punch and punch two holes through the cardstock and baggie. (You can do this ahead of time if you have only one hole punch.)

Use the two brads to fasten together.

Place the laundry in the washing machine.

You can add glitter to make it look sudsy.

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