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The Little Rabbit {Before Five in a Row}

The Little Rabbit

We are learning using the excellent literature curriculum Before Five in a Row. This week we have been rowing The Little Rabbit:

The Little Rabbit

We did a row of the Little Rabbit last year, but the girls have been asking to do a rerow of it.  The reason for this sudden fascination in all things rabbit is that we were given two rabbits a couple of weeks ago.  The book has become alive for the girls!  The Little Rabbit by Phoebe Dunn is a delightful book telling the story of a beautiful white rabbit as he discovers his new life with a little girl. The pictures are all photographs, which make this book incredibly appealing to my little girls.

The Little Rabbit: Read Aloud Books

I just used the rest of the B4FIAR bunny books. Goodnight Moon is one of my all time favourites to read to all my children. Seriously, one never out grows this book!

The second book is called Runaway Bunny, and is a lovely tale of a mother bunny and her baby bunny. It makes me cry every time I read it.

The Little Rabbit: Dressing up and Drama

Very little is needed to keep my girls from donning accessories and becoming lost in imaginative play. It helps that their older sisters are always on hand to pretend with them:

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Little World Tub

The Little Rabbit is a book about a pet rabbit owned and adored by a little girl.  She takes the little rabbit everywhere with her.  One day she falls asleep and the rabbit meets a boy rabbit and a while later the little pet rabbit gives birth to 7 tiny baby rabbits. 

I’ve included the pet girl rabbit, the wild male rabbit and some of their children; I also put in the little girl, her daddy and some of her friends, who end up taking the baby rabbits home; there is a basket, a cage, carrots, hay and grass from the fields and finally the butterfly and tortoise that the little rabbit met whilst exploring.( In fact, on closer inspection I think I may have included a turtle instead of tortoise!).  This will be a perfect tray activity for B2, but also useful for A4 in her quiet time basket:

Role Play

We have bunnies for them to play with for real, but the little toy bunnies they had been given in their surprise Goodnight Moon slumber party last week, gave me an idea for some pretend play.  I decided I would make a cage for the little ones to play with inside using their toy bunnies.  Finding a cardboard box, I taped up the open side (making a waterproof roof) and cut out two doors.  I began the rather laborious process of cutting out squares to make a pretend wire mesh in one of the doors and then added two bead handles, tying them on with rubber bands (simply because they were all I had to hand).

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The hutch with two doors and bead handles

I made a sign and enlisted the help of my older children.

Sign with the names of our real bunnies on (the younger girls had named their toy bunnies with the same names!)
Sign with the names of our real bunnies on (the younger girls had named their toy bunnies with the same names!)

C10 took A4 to collect some hay from outside to put in the cage, whilst L10 and B2 went through our pretend food box for lettuce, carrots, bowls and even found a baby’s bottle we could use as a rabbit’s water bottle!  We couldn’t find a carrot but thought the chilli pepper looked close enough, confident the rabbits wouldn’t notice.  They are stuffed after all!:

Hay and food inside the hutch waiting for the rabbits
Hay and food inside the hutch waiting for the rabbits
Cinnamon quenching his thirst
Cinnamon quenching his thirst!
Adding the bunnies
Adding the bunnies

The girls enjoying playing with their new toy:

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With the bunnies inside
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A4 feeding them outside the hutch!

This was such an easy project and took about 20 minutes to make start to finish and best of all cost absolutely nothing!

The Little Rabbit: Activity Trays

I created lots of trays themed around The Little Rabbit. First, a colouring in puzzle. Abigail thoroughly enjoyed spending time colouring this in and then doing the puzzle with whoever would help her:

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We managed to get two colouring puzzles for £1 from Asda. I put one away for the summer and kept the bunny one for a tray activity
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A4 colouring in her very own puzzle!

Second, was a block puzzle of a couple of bunnies. I am always on the look out for inexpensive activities, and these were a great find at a charity shop:

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Two wooden rabbit puzzles from a charity shop

Abigail loves puzzles, and completed them easily:

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A4 did these when we rowed this book last September and was unable to do them without help. This time she managed no problem!

Third, I chose an activity which both girls could do together – a cuddly rabbit to colour in – a perfect go along for The Little Rabbit!

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This has to be one of our favourite bunny activities, and I’m sure it will come out again next year. The children colour it in using washable felt tips and it is thrown in thew washing machine and comes out as good as new. We’ve had this for a year now and it’s still going strong!
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As we only have the one, the little girls shared it
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B2 really enjoyed it

Forth, I bought some simple Lego blocks which had a Rabbit theme running through them. Becca played with these with her Granny:

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I had this as a tray activity for A2, which she did with her Granny
A2 and Granny playing with her bunny Lego
A2 and Granny (and her cat!) playing with her bunny Lego

The Little Rabbit: Mummy and Abigail Activity

This is something we all do daily, but cleaning out the rabbit hutch and feeding and watering our very own rabbits is a great learning experience.  I also gave both girls lots of experience handling the rabbits:

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A4 with her very own Snowflake
Giving Snowflake a cuddle
Giving Snowflake a cuddle
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Feeding him a carrot

The Little Rabbit: Snacks

Marmite toast bunnies

Decorated Tortilla Biscuits

I did this as a tray activity for the girls, cutting out big and small rabbit shapes from tortillas (healthier than biscuits).  I put these in a tray with decorating icing pens, butterfly sprinkles and enough plates for them all:

A fun tray activity for all 5 children, just before snack time
A fun tray activity for all 5 children, just before snack time
The little ones making lots of tasty mess!
The little ones making lots of tasty mess!
Almost finished
Almost finished
Finished and ready to be eaten
Finished and ready to be eaten

Homemade Bunny Icecream

A4 made icecream from a whipped pudding mix, making up as per instructions
A4 made ice-cream from a whipped pudding mix, making up as per instructions
She poured half a pack into a plastic container and put it in the freezer.  A4 made vanilla flavour ...
She poured half a pack into a plastic container and put it in the freezer. A4 made vanilla flavour …
Our icecream rabbits and radish and carrot shaped melon!
Our icecream rabbits and radish and carrot shaped melon!

Bunny Shaped Banana Sandwiches

Banana bunny snack
Banana bunny snack

The Little Rabbit: Special Hunt the Bunny Eggs

Gary and I organised a bunny hunt in the front garden for all the children, using the bunny baskets they had from last week.  We gave them the baskets and asked them to guess what might be happening next.  It took them a while with a few hints from Gary but their reaction was well worth the wait:

The moment they were told there was a chocolate bunnt hunt going down!
The moment they were told there was a chocolate bunny hunt going down!
And off they went....
And off they went….
with T11 helping B2 all the way..
with T11 helping B2 all the way..
B2 thoroughly enjoying her very first 'treasure hunt'
B2 thoroughly enjoying her very first ‘treasure hunt’
A4 also having lots of fun
A4 also having lots of fun
The chocolates were collected and devided out fairly as we all sat down to watch a Robin Hood DVD (older children are having a Robin Hood week)
The chocolates were collected and divided out fairly as we all sat down to watch a Robin Hood DVD (older children are having a Robin Hood week)

The Little Rabbit: Muffin Tins

This was our first rather messy muffin tin. It might not look like much but it was probably A4’s favourite tin meal (almost due entirely to the marshmallow fluff!)

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Mini carrots were perfect for ‘bunny’ to eat –  you don’t need to peel these so they look kinda cool.  I used some iced gem biscuits to represent all the flowers that crop up in the book, popping them on some shredded green paper for the grass!  I created the white mummy bunny by making some frozen banana bunny shaped lolly pops (literally mash banana then freeze) and for the brown daddy  I dipped a banana lolly in melted chocolate!

Our second muffin tin was much more sedate and healthy. Firstly I used some cress for grass, along with some egg mayonnaise. Next, I cut out two white bread bunnies and two brown bread bunnies for them to make their own egg mayo and cress sandwiches. And I popped in a few minutes carrots. Lastly, I made a little bunnies’ nest using vanilla yogurt and some chocolate bunnies:

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Brown and white bunny shaped bread to represent the wild and tame bunnies; egg mayonnaise and cress to make their own sandwiches from; baby carrots for the rabbits to munch on and I filled a muffin tin liner with yogurt and as a treat placed 7 tiny chocolate bunnies. It was a hit!

This was such a great study! Home school rocks!

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34 comments on “The Little Rabbit {Before Five in a Row}

  1. The rainbow colored bunny puzzle looks fabulous!

  2. Susan @ learning ALL the time!!

    Looks like a lovely week! That color in rabbit seems like loads of fun 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Favorite Resources.

  3. The sensory box is a great idea. Off to find some things for ours!

    • I found it useful for our one year old. Although she doesn’t really understand that everything is linked to the book, she still really enjoys throwing everything out and putting everything back in, with a bit of chewing inbetween! My four year old plays with them really well though and they make a fun independent tray activity.

  4. Gary Stewart

    This all looks pretty amazing and I am so proud of all the work you have put into all of their school. They are so lucky to have a mummy like you and I’m so lucky to have a wife like you. One question I have………. How does one ROW a book?

  5. What a great row! I love that you made a hutch for them to use. What a great (& cheap!) idea. I will have to snag that the next time we do this book.

    • You know, it was seriously easy as well and very ‘ad hoc’ in that I hadn’t planned to do until about three minutes before I started making it!

  6. Love the idea of having the children help make their own snacks, i will try that one day (when I have enough energy to clean up, ha ha!) The homemade ice cream looks great!

  7. RavenThreads

    I really like the hutch. I may have to make one and pull out the bunny books for some spring themed play here. I think all four of mine would enjoy it 🙂

  8. I love the hutch, the snacks, everything in fact!!

  9. Oh, how I just love anything Five in a Row 🙂

    You got so much done this week! Thanks for linking with Collage Friday!

  10. Looks like you had an amazing week. I love the role play you made 🙂

  11. LOVE your rabbit hutch! So adorable!

  12. What a FUN week! So many great activities, but my favorite is the bunny hutch– can’t believe you cut all those little squares out! Great job!

  13. Looks like a lot of fun!

  14. They look like they are having so much fun!

  15. What fun! I love all the wonderful activities you did! The hutch looks like hours of fun. I will be sharing this post on Facebook and Pinterest.

  16. We enjoyed this book too and you picked a great time of year for it.

  17. invisimom

    So much springtime fun in one post! Love all the activities and food stuffs. 🙂

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