How the Rabbit got long ears…

Aaah it’s a goodie this week, as in our classes we’ll be hauling the bunny rabbit out of the ice, as we find out why she has such long ears and a short tail (and why she remains absolutely fabulous either way!). You can listen to our podcast version above, and here are a few ideas for follow on activities at home…

Play:

  • The lovely ‘five minute mum’ has a good idea here for a pre-schooler educational/play based learning activity on an Easter theme: https://fiveminutemum.com/games-and-activities/crack-the-egg 

Arts and crafts: 

Rabbit ears – https://www.sparklestories.com/blog/post/sparkle-crafts-paper-animal-ears/ 

Make yourself some rabbit ears! You could even have a go as some face painting* or make a bunny tail too!  *raiding makeup and drawing eyeliner whiskers/noses

Handprint bunnies: simple and messy! https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/bunny-handprint-art/

Music:

Oooh, thanks Guardian Reader Recommends for doing some work for us on the whole ‘rabbit music’ front! Okay, not exactly a kids music playlist, but there’s a Spotify playlist you can link to from the article, always good to have a theme to boogie to at home.. 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2012/aug/16/readers-recommend-songs-rabbits

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3ytvh7FHbzSdwdDSXn7oKf

 

 Mr Tumble sings Sleeping Bunnies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY4joIoPf80 

(a tune which is an absolute Beanstalk favourite…)

Watching: 

A great 5 minute BBC video showing an island full of rabbits! BUNNIES GALORE! For a slightly sinister reason because the island was used to make poison gas though… Erm, but there are a lot of cute bunnies… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ixspJ-SnMk

Less poison gas references here (!) and more cute rabbits doing show jumping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM9YWm6T_hc

 

Active:

Mr Hoppit the Hare – Cosmic Kids Yoga

 (I’ve now reached the point I’m considering doing a Cosmic Yoga video even without the kids – normal yoga may now be ruined for me!)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN7M-uQSOYE

 

Writing (probably best for slightly older kids):

Here’s a different story of why the bunny has long ears: https://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/How_Rabbit_Got_His_Long_Ears-Micmac.html – can you think of a completely different version? 

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