The Easter Bunny symbolizes life, joy, and happiness. Our kids have all heard about the Easter Bunny, but how much do they really know? Beyond bringing candy, the bunny can teach us a lot about the importance of family, friends, healthy eating, and physical activity. Take time to complete one new bunny activity each day leading up to Easter. More important than candy, your child will get to learn something new while spending time with you. Help make your child’s Easter special by letting them be your little bunny.
Monday: Bunny Ears & Bunny Tail
Bunnies have long floppy ears and cute fluffy tails. These two features are part of what makes them so adorable.
Help your child make his or her very own bunny ears and bunny tail. For both of these projects, you will need scissors and yarn. For the bunny ears, you will also need a headband and pipe cleaner, which can be purchased at the dollar store. Like my daughter in the picture above, your child is sure to love this project.
- Take two pipe cleaners and wrap with yarn.
- Fold them over and twist the ends together.
- Get out a third pipe cleaner and cut it in half.
- Put the pipe cleaner through one of the bunny ears, pull down around the head band, and twist. Pull back up over the head band and the ears and twist again.
- Repeat step 4 to attach the second bunny ear.
- Cut off about 20 feet of yarn and wrap it around the head band. When you get to the ears, you will need to pull the yard through the ears in order to cover the pipe cleaner used for the ears.
- When you get to the end, tuck the yarn through your previous wrap. Pull it tight to secure and cut off the end.
- Wrap yarn around your hand about 60 times, depending on how bushy you want your tail. Slide the yarn off your hand, but keep your fingers in the opening.
- Cut a 10 inch piece of yarn and slide it through the yarn where your hand used to be.
- Put your scissors through the opening and cut in half all the way around.
- Use a safety pin to secure the bunny tail either directly to pants or to the back of your child’s shirt.
Tuesday: Easter Bunny’s Nest Box
Easter bunnies have big families with many children. Mommy bunnies can have up to 10 babies every 28-30 days. “10, 20, 30, 40, 50…” That’s a lot of bunnies! Baby bunnies like to be born in a comfy nest box made of shredded paper, newspaper, and/or straw.
Help your child make his or her own bunny bed using a cardboard box or plastic bin and shredded paper, streamers, and/or newspaper. Your child will have a blast making his or her very own baby bunny bed! Like us, bunnies like having a shelter and home so they can feel safe and protected. Talk about what makes your child feel safe and protected.
Wednesday: Easter Bunny’s 5 Senses
Rabbits have very keen senses. They have long ears which allow them to hear over 2 miles away. They have large eyes that allow them to see a long distance in all directions and quickly detect movement. Their sense of smell is so strong that they can smell food that’s under ground. They also have a strong sense of taste so they can detect foods that may be poisonous. Last but not least, they use their whiskers to detect information about the world and are sensitive to touch.
Read the book 5 For A Little One or Hooray For Hoppy with your child. If you can’t find either one of these books at your local library, you can buy them on Amazon or, better get, create your own. Make one page for each of the 5 senses. Talk about how you can use each of our 5 senses to learn new things.
Thursday: Easter Bunny Diet
Easter bunnies need to eat a healthy diet. They eat fruits, vegetables, lettuce, and grass. They can become very sick if they don’t eat a healthy diet.
Get out two baskets or paper plates and write healthy on one and unhealthy on the other. Help your child divide his or her play food onto the correct plate. If your child is older, you can also talk about the difference between fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein.
For snack time, go to the kitchen and help your child make a healthy bunny snack. You can use a cucumber slice, banana, carrot shavings, and raisen as the face, ears, whiskers, and eyes. Talk about the importance of eating fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens.
Friday: Easter Bunny Binky
Bunnies like to run and play and dig. They are most happy in an environment where they feel safe, yet free to run, jump, play with toys, climb through tunnels, and dig in the ground. Bunnies like lots of physical and mental stimulation to keep them busy. They like to run, jump, twist, and kick to show that they are happy.
You can either purchase bunny tracks or have fun making your own. Lay the tracks out on the ground as part of an indoor or outdoor obstacle course using chairs, pillows, tunnels, hoola hoops, or other toys. Before you begin, watch the video and try to binky like the bunny. Remember, bunnies like to zig and zag. They rarely run in a straight line.
If you have time, find a shovel and start digging. If you don’t have a sand tray or sand box, let your child play in the dirt instead.
Saturday: Easter Bunny Friends
Bunnies like to play with their friends. They can get very sad, bored, and lonely when left by themselves. They are social, just like us.
Schedule a play date. Set out some plastic eggs and Easter candy and help the kids fill the eggs with candy to share with their friends. Have the kids brainstorm ways to be a good friend as well as ways to solve problems (e.g. share, smile, take turns, trade, play nice).
Like Easter, bunnies represent new life. Easter is a holiday to celebrate moving from winter to spring, from death to resurrected life in His name.
Participate in a local Easter egg hunt or set up your own and invite your friends and family. Have fun! Don’t forget to share your bunny adventures with your friends and refer them to my blog! You don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun!