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Alphabet
H is for Hare or
R is for Rabbit

Animals > Mammals > Farm > Pet > Forest > Hare or Rabbit

Character education > Online story time > Roy the Responsible Rabbit

Crafts >
Hearts Bunny Rabbit or Hare (head only)

Numbers Math > Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Holidays, Events & Seasons >
*Jan. or Feb. > Chinese New Year
*Feb. 14th > Valentine's Day
*March or April > Easter

Seasons > Spring

Online Stories > Select > Rabbit or Hare
Ages 2.5 + to 6 

The rabbit and also the hare are wonderful animals that children are drawn to as there is a wealth of children's  literature and toys that they can also refer to.    Visit the rabbit activity section or hare activity section for various related activities that include online stories, learning about rabbits and hares, to tie in to the activities below.  There is also a short list of familiar book titles you may want to review.   

The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft entirely made with heart shapes (except the eyes & whiskers) and during the process many skills can be addressed.  

The craft is appropriate for an Easter, Spring Season Theme, Forest or Farm Animals Theme, or  Valentine's Day  celebration as well.  The craft is available in two printable color combinations as shown in the images or black line format to color in or trace over other materials.

Activity #1:  Hearts Hare or Bunny Rabbit Craft  Ages 2.5+ 

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to a wonderful and fun animal, and choose the rabbit or hare theme.

Review your options for printing the craft and assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

Notes:  

1.  Whisker templates are not included and are optional.
  These can be drawn in, glue pieces of yarn,  thin strips of paper, or with adult assistance, use hole punch, make two holes above the nose and insert two pieces of yarn or pipe cleaners (about 3 inches each) through the front and then back.  Place tape on the back to hold in place.

2.  Inner Ears are optional as well and there is a separate template #2 for these.  Eyes can be cut together as a one piece template - easier for younger children.

Option 1:   Print craft color template of your choice and the inner ears are optional, cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  

Option 2:  Print black and white template.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above. 

Option 3:  For Large Groups or to recycle left over materials.
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns directly on construction paper, left-over paper, fun foam to obtain pieces needed in coordinating colors. 

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

1.  Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, use wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template.
3.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  
4.  Puppet:  Glue the craft to a small standard lunch paper bag or to a craft stick for an instant puppet.  Decorate the paper bag with additional hearts, buttons, etc.
5.  Optional - Whiskers:  use yarn or pipe cleaners as recommended above and a pom-pom for the nose instead of heart template.

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of chidren.

#2 Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template if using the color template.  Ask the children to identify the colors they've used to color/decorate the template.

#3 Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)

2. Counting:  Count how many of each size there are.  You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.  In this activity you may want to also count the eyes.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Suggested Assembly Steps:
1.  Glue inner ears to ears.
2.  Glue assembled ears to head.
3.  Glue eyes as one piece
4.  Glue tongue heart
5.  Glue heart "cheeks" over tongue
6.  Glue nose heart over "cheeks"
7.  Optional:  make whiskers as suggested out of paper, yarn or pipe cleaners. 

Alphabet Letter Activities:
Introduce or reinforce letter H is for Hare or R is for Rabbit and select the printable resources.

Character Education > Responsibility >
Read and print the online story Roy the Responsible Rabbit, and visit the parent and teacher resources.

Available Online Stories (more choices at in the rabbit section)

*The Classical Tale of Peter the Rabbit by Beatrix Porter
*Aesop's Fable - The Tortoise and the Hare Online Story and support materials

*Count Bunny Rabbits

Book recommendations:  There are so many books where a rabbit or hare are a main character.  These are some familiar stories and titles you may want to consider for reading and discussing before or after doing the craft.  Below are links to explore the content of these books at Amazon.com and surely these will be available at your local library.  

Rabbit Theme:
Goodnight Moon (Baby-Preschool) by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (illustrator)

Runaway Bunny (Board Book) (Baby-Preschool) by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (illustrator)

Hare Theme:
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (illustrator)

Two of my personal favorite stories also by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams The Whispering Rabbit and The Dreaming Bunny, both are suitable for ages 3.5+ are contained in The Sleepy Book --(Golden Books) which is out-of-print.   I was able to trace these stories and found them in a really wonderful anthology of Golden Books that has become a family favorite and a book I've given as a gift.
A Family Treasury of Little Golden Books: 46 Best Loved Stories


Traditional and Classic:  The Velveteen Rabbit

 

Hearts Hare or Rabbit Craft

Click below for brown shades - Hearts Hare or Rabbit Craft
 
illustrations only
templates below
Craft Templates
Color (Yellow & Pink)

*Template #1
*Template #2 (inner ears optional)

Color (Brown tones)
*Template #1
*Template #2 (inner ears optional)

Black & White

*Template #1
*Template #2 (inner ears optional)

Alphabet printable materials

Letter H is for Hare


Letter R is for Rabbit

Rabbits coloring pages

Other Materials:

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
*scissors
Optional:  yarn or pipe cleaners to create whiskers

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