Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late!

My children love Mo Willems’s Pigeon series.  Our favorite is “Don’t let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!”  If you haven’t read these books yet, you should definitely check them out.  They’re hilarious!  I found these adorably cute pigeon hand prints on a site called Mommy and Me Book Club, so we decided to make them after reading the story.


  • Light blue paint
  • Paper
  • Star puncher
  • Scissors
  • Googly eye
  • Paint brush
  • Cut outs (yellow pigeon beak, white collar, two yellow pigeon feet, yellow moon, yellow stars)


Start out by making the hand print with the light blue paint.   Then paint a neck and head next to the hand print.  Let the paint fully dry before adding the embellishments.  I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

For  younger children, I added small dabs of glue onto the pigeon and gave them verbal instructions on adding the embellishments.

The girls working on decorating their hand prints.

My daughter loved gluing on the stars…

It’s a pretty simple project for older kids…