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Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Themes

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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

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 theme or hare theme 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 that features heart shapes and during the process many skills can be addressed.  

The craft is appropriate for various holidays and occasions listed in the themes column. The craft is available in color as shown or black line format to color in.

Activity #1:  Hearts Bunny Rabbit Craft (or hare)  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:

Option 1
:   Print craft color template of your choice, 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.
Print black & white template on your choice of color card stock, light-weight construction paper or color computer craft paper in pastel shades.  Children will still be able to color in and personalize the craft.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option: 
1.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back to use as decoration or ornament.  
2.  Puppet:  Glue the craft to a Popsicle stick or unsharpened pencil for an instant puppet.

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

#1 Shapes & Colors Activity:

Ask children to identify the identifiable 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.

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

1. Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the identifiable 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.

Activity #2: 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.

Review other available online stories and online learning activities in the rabbit theme. 

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 included 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 Bunny Rabbit Craft
(or a hare)


 illustrations only
templates below
Craft Templates
*Color: Yellow & Pink
*Black and white

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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