Bunnies just look soooo cuddly that it is a natural impulse to want to pick them up and hug them. Luckily we have a lot of stuffed animals for little children to do just that. Wild rabbits are actually very timid creatures (some children can really relate to them), and it is fun to explore their unique habits through a variety of rhymes, songs, stories, and activities. (It may also share with some children how timid and shy creatures still live very happy lives.) These are some of my favorites offered by a variety of authors and sources, including Kindermusik, and a few of my own.
Personally, my favorite Easter icon is the egg (see my eggcellent egg post). But, this is the semester we move like, sound like, act like, and celebrate ANIMALS, and the animal of the day is the BUNNY RABBIT! Enjoy the activities that work best for your family. AND SHARE with me some of YOUR Favorites too. I do hope you have a wonderful Easter !
DESCRIBE the BUNNY
I’m a Little Bunny by Jan Brennen
(Sung to “I’m a Little Teapot”) Take time for the actions with your child.
I’m a Little Bunny, in a field I lie, (curl up on the floor like a rabbit)
Here is my nose, and here are my eyes. (point to body parts)
Here’s a bushy tail that likes to wiggle, (wiggle tail area)
Tickle me and I might giggle. (… just do it !)
I’m a Little Bunny, soft and sweet, ( front “paws” pet each other)
Here are my ears, and here are my feet. (touch body parts)
When I’m in the garden, I look for treats, (hop around and look)
And nibble on all I like to eat. (pretend to nibble on food)
*** This is also fun to with a little baby as “the bunny”. Make eye contact, use an expressive voice, and adapt the actions to be “ON” the baby.
*** Older children may like to use a stuffed rabbit, or rabbit puppet, to make the motions, with this, or any of these rhymes or songs.)
It might be good to find a book that describe the true habits of rabbits.
This Kindermusik song (an old folk song) is perfect to explore so much of HOW a rabbit may move or act.
What Shall We Do when we all go out, All go out, all go out.
What shall we do when we all go out, All go out to play?
Let’s all hop like a rabbit, A rabbit, a rabbit,
Let’s all hop like a rabbit, When we go look for food.
- Twitch your nose like a rabbit . . . – So we can smell the food.
- Let’s all munch on a carrot . . . – Crunch, crunch, crunch…
- In the dirt, we’ll dig a hole . . . – And that will be our home.
- Listen carefully with my long ears . . . – So danger we can hear
- Hide in a hole when there’s danger . . . – Until we know it’s safe.
*** Perhaps you can tell that this is sort of a story within a song. Follow the pattern consistently and talk about the story, and the children will pick up on the pattern, and begin to tell the story themselves.
Fun HOPPING Activity Ideas
- Hop from the squatting position
- Have a hopping race to a finish line
- Play hopping tag
- Listen for sounds, then find the source.
- A person can hide with a specific sound, then others can listen and find them.
My Bunny Hops All Through the Garden
(Sung to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”) To sing while playing tag!
My bunny hops all through the garden, My bunny hops all through the yard:
I like to play tag with my bunny, But trying to catch him is hard.
Come back, come back, Oh, come back, my bunny to me, to me.
Come back, come back, Oh, come back my bunny to me.
This Kindermusik rhyme focuses on one of the most unique characteristics of rabbits, HIDING when there is danger.
Of course, it can be fun in many ways, such as enjoying finger play where the fingers hop about and finally into the hole made by a criss crossed lap.
Here’s a Bunny with Ears So Funny
And here’s a hole in the ground,
At the first sound he hears (make noise)
He pricks up his ears,
And hops right into the ground.
This is a great opportunity to teach your child what to do when there is danger. Talk about dangers that may occur, and what you want your children to do in those instances. Agree upon cue words to start the hiding process, such as “Danger, hide inside.” Agree upon a specific safe hiding spot, and practice playing “Rabbit danger”. The children should wait quietly until “mother bunny” comes get them.
After one spot is learned, try other safe hiding spots in the home and yard, so they don’t panic if they can’t get to that one. Hopefully, it will always be a game. But if there’s ever a need, you’re child will have the skills to handle it and is less likely to panic.
Book Recommendation: “The Runaway Bunny” Margaret Wise Brown
Although the little bunny is in NO danger, When he wants to run away from home, his mother assures him that she will run after him and find him because she loves him. This is a reassuring message that fills a child’s heart and mind with connection, hope, and love.
Eating Time Fun
Try this as a finger play when your child is sitting in their high chair (like This Little Piggy)
This Little Bunny
likes food that’s GREEN.
This little bunny thinks carrots are keen.
This little bunny likes food that’s yellow
This little bunny is a hungry fellow.
This little bunny nibbles away
At apples and celery every day!
- Touch each of five fingers while reciting.
- Recite during food time when eating “rabbit food” (veggies) and replace the underlined words with foods on the table.
*** Rabbits love to eat raw plants of all colors:
Green: lettuce, celery, broccoli, cabbage, sugar snap peas
Orange: carrots, sweet potato, cantalope
Yellow: yellow squash, corn, pears
Red: apples, papaya, tomatoes
Lay out a garden spread for your little bunny with various things to spread on it or dip it in, such as: honey, peanut butter, dressing, caramel, cheese, cream cheese, etc.
For fun, here are directions on how to make a bunny pear salad.
What’s up, doc ?”
What kind of bunny fun is hopping around YOUR house?