Tap-dancing chocolate bunnies

Ladies and gents, step right up for the preschool funny bunny extravaganza!

Cirque de Bunnies

Picasso bunnies

Wooden bunnies from Crate and Barrel  =  inspiration.
Wood pieces for pattern. Trace edges. Photocopy on cardstock.

Running rabbit

Chocolate bunnies tap-dancing

Oh brother, where art thou?

 What does Oreo, the class bunny, need? The preschoolers can't wait to chime in:

  • A cage
  • A full water bottle
  • A food bowl
  • Lettuce, spinach, cabbage, mint, and radish leaves
  • Hay
  • Soft paper bedding
  • Stairs to climb down when he gets stuck on top of his cage
  • Tacos!*
  • A fabric mat on the wire when the cage door is open. It helps his feet, and keeps us from tripping on the cage door.
Smiley bunny

What materials do we need for this project?

  • Clear plastic boxes
  • Black Sharpies
  • White cardstock
  • Tissue, vellum and construction paper scraps
  • Washable colored markers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Fat drinking straws or old marker lids
  • Squares cut from old finger paintings.
  • Rectangles 1"x3" brown butcher paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scotch tape
  • Good kid scissors

Fire up those fine-motor skills:

  • Roll the finger-paint paper for the door mat
  • Tear the tissue paper for bedding
  • Tear the construction paper for veggie leaves
  • Snip the vellum to make hay 
  • Fold cardstock strips to make steps so the bunny can get back down
  • Practice opening and closing the plastic box
  • Draw stripes and plaids for the cage wires
  • Twist the pipe cleaner for the water bottle holder
  • Slide the drinking straw in and out of the water bottle holder when you pretend to fill it up
  • Adjust the interlocking pieces so the cardstock rabbits can stand up
  • Roll snips of vellum hay in the brown butcher paper to make tacos

Oreo was an inspiration too.
Grown-ups needed:

  • Cut out the rabbit pieces
  • Hot glue the water bottle holder
  • Help with opening plastic boxes
  • Tape the tacos
  • Tape the assembled rabbits

* Bunny taco recipe:

Bunny tacos are fabulously popular with both preschoolers and Oreo. Put the fresh leaves in the cardboard tube. Stuff the tube ends with hay. Place taco in cage and sit back to watch the hilarious show!

  • tp or paper towel cardboard tube
  • very fresh garden spinach, lettuce, cabbage, or radish leaves (any snails removed)
  • very fresh garden mint, rosemary, cilantro in season, basil
  • timothy hay

Go ahead. Make your own fun!

© 2014 Nancy L. Ruder

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

This is VERY inspiring! (Also, I am steadily eating the leftover chocolate bunny eggs of Easter. In case you were wondering.)