My little bunny
Activities for toddlers and babies
Bunnies are so cute... they make me think
of cuddly stuffed animals, especially since they are usually quite calm. Use
the activities suggested in this theme to introduce little ones to bunnies.
My bunny mascot
In one corner of your daycare, deposit a
large stuffed bunny on the floor. He will be your group’s mascot for the
duration of the theme. Name your mascot and let children climb and crawl all
over it. Include your mascot in as many activities as possible throughout the
Fill a large container with different items
that are related to bunnies:
- Before Easter, dollar stores
are packed with bunny-shaped items.
- Purchase a musical Easter card
with a bunny on it. Laminate it and let children manipulate it.
- A book or two about bunnies.
- Use bunny pictures or
illustrations to make an original picture book.
- Fake fur.
- A Fisher-Price farm and farm
animal figurines for older toddlers. Be sure to include lots of bunnies.
Display pictures of bunnies on the walls of
your daycare. In the Arts & crafts section, you will find a craft that can
be hung from the ceiling.
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
A bunny on the ceiling (diaper changes)
Purchase a large bunny poster and stick it
on the ceiling, above your changing table. Observe little ones’ reaction when then
lie on their back during diaper changes. Name what they see for them. Talk
about the poster with older toddlers.
Bunny snack 1
You will need two large cookie cutters, a
round one and a heart-shaped one that is somewhat bigger. Use the round cookie
cutter to cut a slice of cheese. The circle will represent a bunny face. In a
second slice of cheese, cut out a heart and slice it to obtain two equal pieces
(ears). Add vegetables to represent a bunny nose and eyes. Serve this bunny
snack with wheat crackers deposited around the bunny face.
Bunny snack 2
Use a bunny-shaped cookie cutter to cut
bunny shapes out of watermelon slices.
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (touch)
My bunny’s tail
Print bunny pictures. Glue them on a piece
of construction paper and laminate them. On each bunny tail, glue a different
piece of fabric: fake fur, burlap, polar fleece, etc. You can also use
sandpaper to provide a completely different texture. Let babies and toddlers
manipulate the pictures and explore the fabrics. If you prefer, you can display
the pictures near your daycare entrance. Parents can encourage their child to
touch the fabrics when they arrive every morning.
Show toddlers how they can make bunny
tracks by dipping their fingertips in different textures:
- A thin layer of flour poured in
a large tray.
- Modeling dough.
- A mixture of cornstarch and
SENSORY ACTIVITIES (smell)
Use felt to make your own bunny-shaped
stuffed animals. Pour a few drops of vanilla, orange extract, lavender oil,
etc. on these miniature stuffed animals. Let babies explore and manipulate the
bunnies. If you wish, you can also use potpourri to stuff the bunny shapes. You
may choose to use actual bunny-shaped stuffed animals or add a few drops of oil
or extract on your mascot. Each day, deposit a different bunny on your changing
table and let children manipulate it during diaper changes.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Use paper plates and encourage children to
paint them or decorate them using crayons. You may also add glitter. Older
toddlers will enjoy gluing a bunny nose and bunny eyes on the plates. Cut bunny
ears out of heavy cardboard and glue them behind each plate. Hang the bunnies
from the ceiling.
Bunny hat with feathers
Cut strips of construction paper. Let
babies and toddlers draw on the strips of paper. Cut bunny ears out of
construction paper and let children draw on these too. Toddlers can glue white
feathers on their bunny ears. Glue each child’s bunny ears on a strip of
construction paper and form a circle corresponding to his/her head. You will
find printable bunny ears in the educatall club.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
My carrot restaurant
Fill a large container with plastic or
laminated construction paper carrots. Add plastic plates and, for older
toddlers, utensils they can use to pretend to work in their very own carrot
restaurant. Invite your mascot to visit your restaurant with other stuffed
bunnies. Children will enjoy serving carrots to their bunny customers.
Have the babies and toddlers in your group
ever seen real bunnies? If possible visit the Easter farm at your local mall
with your group. You may also choose to visit your local pet store or an actual
farm. Encourage parents to visit the Easter farm with their child too. Take
pictures of your group standing next to the bunnies and display the pictures
within your daycare.
To work on cause and effect (6 months and
older), hang a stuffed bunny from the ceiling using fabric elastic. Encourage
little ones to pull on the elastic to make the bunny bounce up and down. Cut
the elastic so babies have to stretch to pull on it. Use a clothespin to adjust
the length of the elastic if necessary. Constant supervision is necessary
throughout this activity. The bunny may also be hung above the changing table
or next to children’s highchairs.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND MOTOR SKILLS
Encourage babies and toddlers to crawl
through a tunnel as if they were little bunnies. Depending on their age,
deposit a toy (bunny) or a plate full of carrots at the other end of the
Hopping like bunnies
Have fun hopping like bunnies with the
children in your group.
Fill a container with books about or
Bunny body parts
Display a large picture of a bunny on a
wall (the use of pictures is preferable with very young children). Point to
different body parts and name them (nose, paws, fur, tail, etc.). Associate
adjectives to each body part: long ears, white fur, etc. Ask older children to
identify different body parts.
Early childhood educator
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