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How to Make a Mo Willems Pigeon Mask

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This post is sponsored by Disney Book Group. All opinions are my own.

In honor of Pigeon’s 16th BIRD-day, we decided to create a fun BIRD-day craft! I have to say that of all of the projects we’ve ever done, Falynn absolutely loved this one the most. She’s been a huge Mo Willems fan since she was old enough to go to the library. The Pigeon series is at the top of her list. She will read them to anyone that will listen and she just giggles through the entire book.

When I told her that we were going to make a pigeon mask, she went cuckoo. With just a few simple steps, she was transformed into one of her favorite characters of all time!

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Supplies You’ll Need:

Paper Plates (pastel blue or you can paint a white plate)
Construction Paper (white and black)
Yellow Masking Tape or Yellow Construction Paper
Popsicle Stick (light blue or you can paint one)
Light Blue Paint (only if you need to paint the plate or popsicle stick)
Glue Stick
Hot Glue Gun + Glue
Scissors

Let’s Make a Pigeon Mask

  1. If you need to paint the popsicle stick blue, make sure to do that first so it has time to dry.
  2. Using a round object, trace a circle onto the white paper (we used the masking tape)
  3. Using a smaller round object, trace a circle onto the black paper (we used a lid from a spice container)
  4. Glue the black circle on top of the white circle (toward the side, middle). This makes Pigeon’s eye.
  5. Glue the eye onto the middle of your plate.
  6. Cut out 2 strips of yellow masking tape (twice as big as you want it) and fold it in half so that it’s not sticky on either side. If you don’t have yellow masking tape, just cut out two strips of yellow construction paper.
  7. Glue them to the side of the plate and then use your scissors to shape them into Pigeon’s beak.
  8. Cut out a small white rectangle and glue it to your popsicle stick. Make sure to measure to make sure that once it’s glued on, you can still see it.
  9. Take your popsicle stick and hot glue it to the back of the plate. This is Pigeon’s neck and what they will hold their mask with.
  10. Take a black marker and trace around the white circle, the beak and the white rectangle on Pigeon’s neck.

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To say that Falynn loves her Pigeon mask would be an understatement. I’ve found her walking around with it more than a few times since we made it last week.  It’s a really easy and inexpensive craft idea that your kids will love, especially if they love Mo Willems books as much as Falynn does! These books are a favorite of ours because of their lighthearted, funny tone. You can’t help but giggle as you read through each book and wondering what Pigeon will want next. Pigeon is so relatable to kids and even to us parents who can relate to every one of Pigeon’s temper tantrums.

By the way, it’s time to get excited for Mo Willems newest Pigeon book, The Pigeon Has to Go to School, which will be in stores on June 2, 2019!  Stay tuned for more on that book! Falynn’s already counting down the days.

Which Mo Willems book is a favorite in your house?

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We are so excited to have partnered with Disney Book Group, on behalf of Pigeon’s 16th BIRD-Day, to bring you a fun and easy Pigeon mask craft. Click for the step-by-step tutorial. #ReadMoWillems

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  • Kiwi
    May 2, 2019

    I love when there are creative ways to bring a book to life! This looks easy to recreate as well!

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    May 1, 2019

    It is so nice to see so many parents and kids celebrating the 16th anniversary of Mo Willems Pigeon books. I love this pigeon mask and it sure looks easy to make. I will get some materials ready and will make some for my grandchildren this weekend.

  • Jennifer
    May 1, 2019

    That is a super cute mask! That books looks so good and so funny!

  • Catalina
    May 1, 2019

    What a beautiful mask idea! I love how easy is to make it!

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore
    May 1, 2019

    That is really is cute!! Love the fun books, too! I am sure kids will enjoy this book and this craft.

  • Stefani Tolson
    May 1, 2019

    My son LOVES this books series. We will have to make one of these masks!

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    April 30, 2019

    This is such a fun mask. My kids loved the Mo Willems books when they were little…especially Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus.

  • keikilani
    April 30, 2019

    What a cute craft! My kids love this book too.

  • Kim Grabinski
    April 30, 2019

    I have been seeing a lot of things related to this book lately but this is one of my favorites so far because I know that it’s something that my daughter will love to make. So cute!

  • Mama to 6 Blessings
    April 30, 2019

    What a cute craft! This book looks cute, I have seen it at the library before. I will have to check it out for my son.

  • maria closeothome
    April 30, 2019

    I wish my kids were still at this stage. I loved these books

  • Amy Desrosiers
    April 30, 2019

    Very cute craft project! My son love Pigeon books too! He also is a huge fan of Piggie and Gerald!

  • Stacie
    April 30, 2019

    That is super cute! There really isn’t anything you can’t do with a paper plate and construction paper.

  • robin rue
    April 30, 2019

    How cute is this? I totally want to make one with my youngest son!

  • Gilbert Motherhood Blogger
    April 26, 2019

    That pigeon mask is too cute! My boys would love to make and read this book!

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    April 24, 2019

    That is such a cute craft activity for kids and reading the book as well.

  • Farrah Less
    April 24, 2019

    This is so cute, a fun and creative ways to make kids pre occupied. You can also make stories out of this craft.

  • Dawn @ Our Food Fix
    April 24, 2019

    What a fun creative way to pair crafts with a beloved book! I would have loved this stuff a kid, or would even love making them as an adult 🙂

  • Elicitfolio
    April 24, 2019

    This is such a great arts and crafts idea! Thank you for sharing this for the kids!

  • Marina
    April 24, 2019

    I like the idea, super cute x

  • Thuy
    April 24, 2019

    I love this idea! I loved reading and crafts as a kid so this would be the perfect combination

  • Jennifer
    April 23, 2019

    This is such a cute little craft. SO much fun

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    April 23, 2019

    Oh that is super cute! I have a niece who would love to do this!

  • Joanna Clute
    April 23, 2019

    Oh my goodness I love this! My little girls would have a blast with this as well!

  • Chubskulit Rose
    April 23, 2019

    That’s very crafty and creative. Your daughter looks very cute with a missing tooth.

  • Emmanuel Damian
    April 23, 2019

    This is a fun and creative activity for my niece. We will follow the instructions and we will be creative in the design! Maybe change the color to a more feminine one. She’ll love it!

  • Lisa Favre
    April 23, 2019

    Anything by Mo Willems gets an A+ in our books! We love his book and this craft is just oh-so adorable!

  • Ruth I
    April 23, 2019

    I love how cute this is! I’d love to read this book with my niece and make this craft.

  • Brianne Tursi Manz
    April 23, 2019

    What a cute craft! I think my kids would love the books by Mo. This craft looks like a lot of fun!

  • KeshiaRichmond
    April 23, 2019

    This is a super cute craft to make with a child. I imagine it would especially interest them to read the pigeon books.

  • Lynndee
    April 23, 2019

    That mask is super cute! My 8-year-old niece is so into crafts. I’ll share this with her. She’s going to have fun creating that.

  • artchee
    April 23, 2019

    It’s a cute mask. Spending the time creating the mask with your child is very worthwhile. :0)

  • CherishingFlo
    April 22, 2019

    This is so adorable! I would love to try this with the kids I nanny for!

  • Beth
    April 22, 2019

    That is very cute! My kids always loved doing crafts like that.

  • Emily
    April 22, 2019

    Such a cute little craft project!

  • Kita Bryant
    April 22, 2019

    This is cute! I’ve never heard of this book but I will be diving into it. My kids love doing things like this that go with books

  • Karen
    April 22, 2019

    I think that’s wonderful that she loves to read! I would love to hear her read these books! This simple craft will bring some fun to kids. The Pigeon series sounds like a delightful read.

  • Janet
    April 22, 2019

    Oh how clever and creative this is! My kids are older so I never heard of this book, but looks amazing.

  • Sarah Bailey
    April 22, 2019

    Now this sounds like a fun mask to make for little ones who love this book. It seems simple to do and fun to play with.

  • Amber Myers
    April 22, 2019

    This is adorable! I can see why kids would love this. The book sounds fabulous, I will have to check it out for sure. My kids are older, but still. I always like to discover books.

  • Tasheena
    April 22, 2019

    This mask looks like such a fun idea. It would be so much fun to make when my nieces and nephews come over.

  • Liz Mays
    April 22, 2019

    How fun! That turned out really well. This should be a great project to go along with the books!

  • Lynelle
    April 22, 2019

    A new Pigeon book in June? I have to check it out!

    My little one loves the Pigeon! In Kindergarten, she was able to take the classroom’s Pigeon plush home for a weekend. She had so much fun trying to keep him away from trouble, haha.

    The Pigeon mask is super adorable!

    By the way, I included your link to a blog post I wrote about the Best Books for Preschoolers. There, I also share kids activities related to those books. Since the Pigeon books are included in the list, your Pigeon mask fits perfectly! 🙂

  • Alli Smith
    April 22, 2019

    The pigeon mask is so cute and I know my grandkids would love to make one. I need to get them the newest book!

  • Adriana Renee
    April 22, 2019

    This is such a cute craft!

  • Snehal
    April 22, 2019

    I’ll have fun making this pigeon mask with my lil cousin. Will be checking out Mo Willems books for him. 🙂

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    April 22, 2019

    That’s the perfect DIY to pair with the book, so cute

  • Mimi
    April 22, 2019

    That’s such a cute DIY (I might be a bit afraid of birds though xD)

  • Stacie
    April 22, 2019

    Oh how cute! I haven’t heard this book since my kids are older. I love how creative you are with the mask. It’s great for playtime!

  • candy
    April 22, 2019

    Our grandchildren go to story time at the library every week. They read this fun book and made a mask similar to the one your daughter made. They had fun.

  • Jeanette
    April 22, 2019

    When my son was little this was his favorite author! I think I will do this with my niece and nephew! These are such fun books.

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