H is for Hare or
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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
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
Review your options for printing the craft and assembly options that best meet your needs.
Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
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
Option 2: Print black and white template.
Children can color, paint or decorate first, cut out and proceed
Option 3: For Large Groups or to recycle left over
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
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
Learning Activities to conduct before craft
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of
#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
Available Online Stories (more choices at in the rabbit section)
Classical Tale of Peter the Rabbit by Beatrix Porter
*Aesop's Fable - The
Tortoise and the Hare Online Story and support materials
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.
Moon (Baby-Preschool) by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (illustrator)
Bunny (Board Book) (Baby-Preschool) by Margaret Wise Brown,
Clement Hurd (illustrator)
How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram
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.
Family Treasury of Little Golden Books: 46 Best Loved Stories
Traditional and Classic: The Velveteen Rabbit
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
Optional: yarn or pipe cleaners to create whiskers