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Mo Willems Inspired Handprint Pigeon Craft For Kids

Inside: Learn how to make this funny handprint pigeon craft for kids! It’s perfect for using in the classroom or library.

If your kids are anything like mine, they love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems. 

The first time my son mentioned them I had no idea what he was talking about so we went to the library and borrowed several of them. 

I was instantly a fan! 

There’s something about that grumpy little pigeon and those cute illustrations that make the books irresistible. 

With this latest craft for kids, we decided to combine our love of the pigeon books and our love of handprint arts and crafts

The result was this cute handprint pigeon craft that’s perfect for preschool, kindergarten and elementary students! 

Read on below to see how to make this craft with your kids or students. 

Mo Willems Pigeon Book Craft For Kids

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handprint pigeon paper craft

Supplies

  • Colored card stock (in light blue, black and yellow)
  • White card stock
  • Black marker 
  • Pencil
  • 1″ googly eye
  • 1.5″ circle punch (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Directions

Trace your child’s hand onto the light blue card stock. Cut out.

Position the handprint with the thumb up and the fingers facing to the right. Use the black marker to draw a simple wing in the middle of the handprint.

Cut out a long skinny rectangle (about 4″ long by .75″ wide) from the blue card stock. This will be the pigeon’s neck.

Use the circle punch or scissors to make a 1.5″ circle. This will be the pigeon’s head.

Cut a small rectangle (about .5″ tall by 1.5″ wide) from the white card stock.

Cut out a small beak shape from the yellow card stock.

Using the black card stock, cut out 2 skinny rectangles (about .25″ wide by 2″ tall) for the legs. 

Assemble the pigeon by gluing the neck behind the handprint, close to the base of the hand. Glue the 1.5″ circle to the top of the neck. Attach the googly eye to the center of the pigeon’s head. Glue the beak to the left side of the pigeon’s head. Glue the white rectangle slighty below the pigeon’s head. Trim off the excess on each side. Glue the black legs to the bottom of the handprint. 

We loved the way these little guys turned out! 

My 4 year old just wanted to take him around all day and play with him while looking at all his pigeon books. 

Since this activity is so simple, it’s makes it a great craft to do with young children in the classroom or at the library. 

The tracing, cutting and gluing are all perfect fine motor skill practice that will help kids progress. 

If you don’t have access to googly eyes, you can always swap them out with white paper. Simply glue the white paper onto the head and use the black marker to draw the pupil and you’re all set! 

This was such a hit, that my boys are already asking me to make another one of the little duckling. We’re sure your young kids will also have fun making them. 

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Mo Willems Inspired Handprint Pigeon Craft For Kids

Mo Willems Inspired Handprint Pigeon Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this cute handprint pigeon craft from the popular Mo Willem's book.

Materials

  • Colored card stock (in light blue, black and yellow)
  • White card stock
  • Black marker 
  • Pencil
  • 1" googly eye
  • Glue stick

Tools

  • 1.5" circle punch (optional)
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Trace your child's hand onto the light blue card stock. Cut out. 
  2. Position the handprint with the thumb up and the fingers facing to the right. Use the black marker to draw a simple wing in the middle of the handprint. 
  3. Cut out a long skinny rectangle (about 4" long by .75" wide) from the blue card stock. This will be the pigeon's neck. 
  4. Use the circle punch or scissors to make a 1.5" circle. This will be the pigeon's head. 
  5. Cut a small rectangle (about .5" tall by 1.5" wide) from the white card stock. 
  6. Cut out a small beak shape from the yellow card stock. 
  7. Using the black card stock, cut out 2 skinny rectangles (about .25" wide by 2" tall) for the legs. 
  8. Assemble the pigeon by gluing the neck behind the handprint, close to the base of the hand. Glue the 1.5" circle to the top of the neck. Attach the googly eye to the center of the pigeon's head. Glue the beak to the left side of the pigeon's head. Glue the white rectangle slighty below the pigeon's head. Trim off the excess on each side. Glue the black legs to the bottom of the handprint. 

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Corrie

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

How can I get this cute craft? I love it!

Sam

Friday 21st of May 2021

Thanks! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of the post and the link will be sent to you ?

Betty L McLeod

Monday 17th of February 2020

This is so cute! I enjoy the pigeon stories!

Sam T

Monday 17th of February 2020

Thanks! Glad you like them :)

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