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
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
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
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:
Option 1: Print craft color template of your
choice, 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.
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
2. Puppet: Glue the craft to a Popsicle stick or
unsharpened pencil for an instant puppet.
Learning Activities to conduct before craft
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of
#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
the Responsible Rabbit, and visit the parent
Review other available online stories and online learning activities in the
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 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.
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