Monday, March 30, 2009

Funny Bunnies

It has been harder for me to find time for really thought-out craft projects these days. So we end up doing a lot of art on the fly. The projects are usually quick and easy. (But then I have a hard time sitting down to post them to this blog.) Here are some fun, five-minute bunnies we did last week.

BOOKS: With Easter coming up, the library is stocked with bunny books and related themes. We did check out a few, such as Humbug Rabbit by Lorna Balian and The Bunny Who Found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow. But my sons' favorite bunny books have nothing to do with Easter. One of our best-loved characters is P.J. Funnybunny from Marilyn Sadler's series. We highly recommend It's Not Easy Being a Bunny by Sadler. We also read a lot of Curious George. We have one title called Curious George and the Bunnies from Houghton Mifflin Company with illustrations by H.A. Rey that we read all the time. Another title that is fitting for this time of year is Countdown to Spring by Janet Schulman. I really like the illustrations in the book by Melio So. And we can't even mention bunnies without pointing out one of my youngest's top picks, the classic Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt.
ACTIVITY: Quick Bunnies -- We did this very quickly when my son asked to make rabbits one day. I simply took a sheet of white construction paper and cut out a large oval for the body, an oval for a head, and long bunny ears. My son put the pieces together with the glue stick. He then added a pink pom pom for a nose, googly eyes on the face, and on the back he glued a cotton ball for a tail. I helped him draw whiskers and paws. We then cut out two small holes at the bottom of the bunny so my son could poke his fingers through and use the bunny as a puppet. He enjoyed using his fingers to make the bunny hope around. (Although if you choose to make the puppet, you may wish to use cardboard or something even sturdier than construction paper.) And my 15 month-old also made his own bunny with a little help. He enjoyed coloring it to his liking.

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