ARTS AND CRAFTS
Pippa is a little pigeon with big dreams who loves to fly. I was lucky enough to have a loft full of pigeons as a kid and watched them fly everyday. I especially loved watching the noisy squeakers like, Pepi and Penn grow up and play. If your backyard is not big enough to keep pigeons, why not make your own! Start with an origami pigeon. Click on the image below for full video instructions. Experiment with different coloured paper. String them up in flocks to make a mobile or decorative chain to decorate your classroom or bedroom. You could also attach strings to them to use as puppets.
For a more simplistic flying version, try this link.
You could even make little baby pigeon finger puppets! Use this How To Make … video or click on the image below to create your own flock of finger puppets! Scroll down to Activities to download your Pigeon Finger Puppet template.
Humans invented planes to fly and mimic birds. As a kid, I would have loved to fly like Pippa and her brothers, soaring and sailing high in the sky. If I had to choose a super power, it would be to fly. Making things fly is the next best thing. Do you have a favourite way of making paper planes? This method is very easy (click on image below for full instructions). Use it to see how far and high you can make your plane fly. It may take several ‘prototypes’ until you have the perfect design. Get creative and experiment with your own designs.
Pippa learnt a lot of fancy flying manoeuvres in her first adventure. Luckily, she was able to teach her brothers so they could continue their flying crusades, together. Who knows what adventures they get up to in the Too-far-to-fly-to-Forest! Recreate Pippa, Pepi and Penn’s adventures in your own puppet play. You could attached sticks to the origami puppets you made earlier or try making this easy string flying bird puppet. Or click on the image below for Dimity’s own personalised video instructions.
Make different sized puppets and get your friends to operate them in your own bird show! Don’t be afraid to decorate your puppets with paints, crayons or even real feathers. Young kids and small birds might like to make (baby bird ) finger puppets instead, here’s how. Scroll down to the Activities section to download your own Pippa Finger Puppet template. Colour in, cut out and take off!
Pigeons like Pippa and her greedy brothers adore grains like corn and wheat. It gives them all the energy they need to fly for miles and miles. To make sure you never run out of energy when you are exploring visit the recipe page from Pippa’s first adventure tale. There are heaps of yummy scrummy sweet snacks to make and enjoy! Warning – keep away from pigeons and young siblings (they’ll only eat it all!)
If you are like me, I also love savoury snacks. These easy peasy corn fritters are super fun to make – ask a parent to help with the tricky bits – and taste delicious. Great for afterschool, at the beach or whenever you’re hungry like Pepi and Penn. I reckon pigeons would love them. Let your creativity fly high and experiment with different fillings like cheese, herbs, grated zucchini, ham, even bacon! Send Pippa, Pepi, Penn and me a picture of your corny creations – my email is in the Contact page.
Click on the image below to download the recipe.
ACTIVITIES / COLOURING PAGES / WORKSHEETS
Pippa’s illustrator, Andrew Plant is brilliant at drawing wild birds and animals, mostly because he loves them as much as I do. He seems to have forgotten to colour these ones in though. Can you help him? Click on the images below to download fun activities, book review templates, worksheets and colouring-in sheets (scroll down to find them!) You can even put together your own Pepi and Penn (the twins) puzzle! Play against the clock and see if you can beat me. Click on the cover image (Jigsaw puzzle one) to access the puzzle. Visit the Virtual Jigsaw Puzzle page for even more amazing online jigsaws to complete!
Pigeons are so much more than just grey little birds you see bobbing around park benches. Discover the secret wonders of this amazing bird by clicking on the image below to download our Fun Facts page.