Puppet Theatre Show inspired by Mo Willems

Sometimes I come up with what I think are great plans for an activity I think the kids will love. I set it all up, then it goes in a completely different direction. My kids LOVE Mo Willems books. They laugh so hard and so loudly at the characters. The books are hilarious! We started with Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus and then we got Today I Will Fly. We’ve gone to the library and checked out all the Mo Willems books we could find. One of the things the kids love to do is to read along with me, acting out each part. Since we made an awesome puppet theatre a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a good idea to use some of the Mo Willems characters in a puppet show.

Puppet Theatre Show inspired by Mo Willems - Encourage Play

I got some pictures of the characters. I found an adorable printable from Lalymom for the cookies from The Pigeon Gets a Cookie?! My son helped me cut the pictures out and glue them onto popsicle sticks. They all looked great! We re-read both Mo Willems books that we had at home. Then I thought, he’s totally going to want to do the puppet show. I. Was. Wrong.

He made up a song starting with the line “Pigeon at the wheel!” then pigeon at the couch, pigeon at the blanket and pigeon at the remote - things all right by the puppet theatre. Then he decided that he wanted to put on a show. A show like he does at preschool - with singing. No puppet theatre involved. And then it was singing and gymnastics. (He takes gymnastics once a week and it’s his favorite activity.) I forgot to mention that he actually isn’t in the show, it’s just me. He gave me the song and gymnastics routine, and practiced with me, but I’ll be performing by myself, according to him. So I practiced my donkey kicks and my swinging and my stretches. Hopefully I’m ready for the show when it happens :-)

I left the puppet theatre out for a couple of days with all of the characters nearby. A few days later, after dinner, the kids go into the living room and start playing. They come back a few minutes later and tell us that it’s time for the show. There are two chairs set up, so my husband and I sit down. The whole puppet theatre is arranged and the show begins. My son operates my phone flashlight like a spotlight and my daughter proceeds to put on 3 short stories. One is an adaptation of Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus, one is a circus and one is about a weird shoe.

I always enjoy seeing their creativity while playing. They tend to do things differently than I expect and it’s so wonderful to just let them create and see what happens.

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