In this post, I am going to share a really fun, free resource that I created to go along with the wonderful Gerald the elephant and Piggie series of books by Mo Willems! I created a master for some cute little paper bag puppets for your students to make. I originally saw this idea on a blog post on an Elephant and Piggie Party (HA!), but the blogger had hand drawn the puppets and did not know how to post any documents to share.
Here are just a few of the Mo Willems books that I have collected. I love them all- and so do the children!
If you are not yet familiar with the Mo Williams series of books on Gerald the Elephant and Piggie, then you are truly missing out! The children just LOVE these books! They are simple to understand and are generally easy to read for beginners, once a child is past the earliest reading levels. The illustrations are really very child friendly, too!
I recently gave this project to my daughter for her students to try out in her Transitional Kindergarten class. If you are not familiar with the term, “Transitional Kindergarten,” here in CA, this is a lot like Pre-K, but the children are generally young five year old children and the older four year olds who just barely missed the cut-off date for starting Kindergarten.
I love the way children’s varying growth in visual perception produces these adorable “mistakes” in their artwork look, as in the elephant’s ears above. They actually match the book quite well! LOL! (That page is from “We Are in a Book!” by Mo Willems.)
And if you are unfamiliar with the HeidiSongs family of CD’s, DVD’s, and other materials, be sure to check us out! Here is a sample of one of our DVD’s below. This is the “Sh Song” from our Sounds Fun Phonics DVD.
And if you are as big of a fan of Mo Willems as I am, you may enjoy doing a free guided drawing lesson on Pigeon, and/or Piggie and Elephant! So check out my blog post here. We really had a blast with it!
Plus, there are a LOT more ideas for Gerald, Piggie, and Pigeon, plus tons of other great activities to go with books right here on my Pinterest Book Extension Activities Board!