An Elephant and Piggie Inspired Christmas–and The Pigeon, too

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We love Mo Willems books, especially Elephant and Piggie.  They are a super fun series for kids who are learning to read. I think I enjoy them as much as my kids do. Gerald the Elephant and his best friend, Piggie, are simply hilarious. 

Elephant and Piggy

 My daughter and I set out to make some holiday ornaments inspired by the Elephant and Piggie books, but guess who kept showing up? The Pigeon! Ideas for how the Pigeon could be a part of this project just kept popping into my daughter’s head. “How about he pops out of one of the presents?”, she giggled.  Then later, “What if we dressed him up like an angel and put him on top of a tree? Wouldn’t that be hilarious?”  Yes, just like in all the Elephant and Piggie books, the Pigeon always finds a way to be included. He’s spunky like that. 

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The Books

Pigeon Books

Elephant & Piggie Books

The Materials

elephant and piggy by mo willems

  • Foam in gray, pink and light blue for the characters, white for eyes and hat trim, red and green for presents and trees. A bit of yellow for Pigeon’s beak.
  • Black permanent marker.
  • Scissors.
  • Foam glue (other types of glue may work, but some won’t and the foam glue works really well).
  • Scissors.
  • Ribbon to hang ornaments with.
  • White pompoms for Santa hats.

 To make The Pigeon, we drew a simple paper template and then traced it onto foam with a blunt pencil. We made some presents, trees and Santa hats. 

Mo Willems The Pigeon

Next we made our Piggie and Elephant pieces to assemble. 

 Elephant and Piggy

  1. Best trick for making foam shapes:  Use a blunt object, like this mechanical pencil with no lead or a chopstick, to trace or draw your shapes. It leaves a slight impression on the foam but no pen or pencil marks!  You can also press cookie cutters into foam to make shapes.
  2. Cut out shapes for younger kids to assemble.
  3. Glue together.
  4. Add features with permanent marker.

Look at how cute these came out?  I have to give all the credit for this to my daughter. I am so proud of her for coming up with this fun craft! It was her idea to use foam and add Santa hats and she came up will all the ideas for adding the Pigeon to this craft. She is one of the most creative people I know and I am so lucky to be her mom.

Elephant and Piggy books

And here’s The Pigeon, popping out of a present.

 elephant and piggy

And here’s that silly Pigeon, dressed up as an angel on top of a Christmas tree. 

 mo willems books pigeon

I am so pleased to be participating in 10 Days of Kid Made Christmas, which my very talented friend Melissa at Mama Miss put together. There will be more than 70 ornaments made by kids, inspired by kid books. Here are the other books and ornaments for today. Stop by and check them out:

Happiness is Homemade

Inspired By Family Magazine

Living Life and Learning

Frogs and Snails and Puppydog Tails

Coffee Cups and Crayons


Elephant and Piggy

These ornaments were inspired by Mo Willems’ book characters and are intended as a tribute to the books. They are in no way endorsed or sponsored by Hyperion Books, Mo Willems or any licensed characters.