So if I were an awesome blogger there would be close ups of the entire process as well as some of the kids' work. And they'd be nicely edited shots. And I'd have known exactly which kids in this group could have their picture posted online.
But I'm not awesome. So I just have to say here! Messy, quick, out of focus and not very well framed shots. But this is one of our most favorite of all time Mo Willems' books. And actually maybe Ms. O's favorite.
1) Cut out lots of strips of colored brown paper. Fan about 9 or 10 in a pinwheel and tape/glue together.
2) Trace the pigeon pattern on a piece of gray paper folded in half. Google Pigeon finger puppet, increase that 150%, and use that outline.
3) Color the SIDES of the bowl brown. NOT the inside or bottom (at least we found the tape didn't stick as well when there was crayon on those parts ... but we were using inexpensive, terrible for the environment styrofoam).
4) Have kids cut out the pigeon. Remind them to NOT cut along the fold on the head.
5) Draw or paste on eyes and beak. Add any special things you like (you can't see in the pic ... but there are several birds wearing GO SPURS GO jerseys!). Fold the bottom edges out of the bird just a bit in order to make a flat surface to attach to the nest.
6) Attach the nest to the the inside of bowl. Add any more strips you like. Sort of fold/crumple the edges of the paper pinwheel around the bowl.
7) Attach the bird to the bottom of the bowl.
8 Attach the headband. We used bits of stretchy elastic. Make sure you have enough! And if you have a little guy sporting a faux hawk ... well, he'll have to wait to wear his.
And nope. You don't get a pic of me wearing a bird on my head because DARN, we had to scavenge the last bit of elastic.