Sensory Bin Activity, inspired by Mo Willems, The Pigeon Needs A Bath!

This post is in partnership with Disney Books Group

The Pigeon Needs A Bath is another engaging and funny story from Mo Willems. To celebrate Mo Willems’ Pigeon brand celebrating its 16th BIRD-day, Izzy and I picked one of our favorite books from the series and created a fun sensory experience for you to enjoy with the kids in your life this spring/summer.

What you will need:Animal Toys (i.e. waterproof/plastic ), Water, Kid Safe Soap, Cleaning Water Play Accessories: (i.e. sponges, washcloths, scoops, cups)

Step 1:

Read the book: The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

While reading the book, engage with your child. Ask them questions about the Pigeon. What makes you think the Pigeon needs a bath? You can support them if they aren’t sure and say, i.e “The Pigeon looks brown like he has dirt on him. If we have dirt on us we wash our hands and body.” When the Pigeon tests the tub, ask your child, i.e. “What do you like in your bath?” When the Pigeon finally gets in the bath, discuss how you get clean in the tub, i.e soap, bubbles, washcloth, cups for rinsing.

Step 2:

Get those animals dirty! If needed, add some water to the dirt. Talk about the animals, and how they are getting dirty like the Pigeon. Build on language skills by discussing how the dirt feels and looks (i.e. brown, tan, gritty, smooth, muddy, mucky, wet, dry) Izzy had fun getting the animals wet and then we had them play in the sand and dirt. We also worked on positional words while the animals were getting dirty. (i.e. under, over, around) Izzy really had a blast getting the animals all dirty so they needed a bath like the Pigeon from the book.

Step 3:

Put the animals in the tub for a bath. We used a sensory bin with all natural kid friendly soap. Izzy explored washing the animals with cups, funnels, scoops, sponges, washcloths and more. If you don’t have a sensory bin you can use a water table, plastic bins or buckets.

Step 4:

Repeat & Repeat! Izzy had so much fun with this activity & I’m pretty certain your kid(s) will too. It’s a fun change of pace for the kids to embrace the outdoor mess, and you can incorporate anything you want to see your kid(s) do during bath. For example, phrases like, “Wow, the deer dipped her face in the water!” help your kids understand what happens in the bath. The point of this activity is to have fun and support bath time and help make it a more fun and enjoyable time for your kids. Even if they already love bath time, it’s great for them to work on sensory, physical and cognitive skills while playing.

For more encouragement you can keep a copy of The Pigeon Needs a Bath Book! handy as it’s made to be splashed and played with. The fun storyline is sure to get your kids laughing, and help them comprehend what bath time is for! You can add a new Pigeon book to your library starting June 2nd with the release of The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

In honor of Mo Willems’ Pigeons 16th BIRD-day, what is your favorite Mo Willems Pigeon book? How do you help your kids enjoy bath time?

XO Eryka


31 Comments Add yours

  1. Romy Schorr says:

    This is such a great combination with the sensory bin and the book. I also love the title of the book lol. Can you imagine really giving a pigeon a bath?

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thank you! I can’t imagine that at all, lol

  2. Kim says:

    Such great ideas! Thank you for sharing. Bringing books to life is wonderful for children.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Enjoy! We love to bring our stories to life

  3. Stacie says:

    I love the combination of the bin and the activity. It’s a great way to get all parts of those little brains working.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thank you! We agree! Getting kids hands on with stories really helps with reading comprehension

  4. KishaRose says:

    This is the cutest! A sure read for my granddaughter. To give a Pigeon a bath she would love it!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Awe! She will have a blast! Enjoy

    2. busylittleizzy says:

      Awe so sweet! Yes we had a blast with water & dirt play

  5. 3under3andme says:

    Girlfriend! This is fantastic! Do you do other Montessori activities other than the sensory bin work? You really put this together wonderfully!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Awe thank you! We just got a light table! So more activities to come that are Montessori & okay based. But the education category on the blog has a lot of fun things

  6. What a great activity! I will definitely need to check out the book with my kids.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Definitely, all of the Mo Willems Pigeon series are so fun

  7. Chad says:

    oh that is so cool and creative. I love the idea of materializing the story, super awesome, lively and real.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thank you! We had a blast playing with dirt & water

  8. What a great activity to do with the little ones! I cant wait to try this one out.I’ll let you know how it goes

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yes! Have so much fun & keep me posted! Izzy gives the dirt & water play 2 thumbs up

  9. Tabitha Blue says:

    Looks like a cute book for sure. Also, such a fun sensory bin!!!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yes! We had so much fun getting the animals clean like the Pigeon

  10. Ahhh hate pigeons but love the combo of a book and sensory/motor skill activity!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Ha! Thank you! Izzy gives the dirt & water play 2 thumbs up!

  11. my son would be all over this. hes very into water play

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yas! Have so much fun!! Eppp!!

  12. I am sure she would have loved this activity and bringing books character to life is wonderful for children.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yes it was a blast! Izzy loved the dirt & water play & is continuing to love it

  13. Sam says:

    This is an excellent idea! What a great way to incorporate a book and sensory bin. It sounds like a lot of fun.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thank you! We had a blast playing & creating this activity

  14. Nati says:

    What a fun and educational activity for the little ones! thank you for the suggestion!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Awe thank you! We had so much fun with the dirt & water play

  15. Irina says:

    I love this kind of play. So many hours of fun. Your an amazing mama giving your child so much hands on opportunities.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Awe thank you so much! I enjoy creating new experiences for her

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