Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR The Little Rabbit

We are learning using BFIAR and are rowing The Little Rabbit this week:

    

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.  This has brought alive the book.  As we didn’t cover it last time in any great depth I thought I’d add this weeks activities to this post rather than write another separate one, and simply repost it.  Most of the photos are from this week but I’ve noted when they are from September’s row

Read aloud  fiction books

I just used the rest of the B4FIAR bunny books:

   

Go along non fiction books

    
For more themed book ideas see:

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Dress up and drama

Dressing up was simply a hair-band with ears (photo from last row):

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. (picture from last row):

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.  I found a cardboard box, 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).

The hutch with two doors and bead handles
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:

With the bunnies inside
With the bunnies inside
A4 feeding them outside the hutch!
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!

Trays:

And lots of tray activities, all bunny related of course!

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
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
A4 clouring in her very own puzzle!
A4 colouring in her very own puzzle!
Two wooden rabbit puzzles from a charity shop
Two wooden rabbit puzzles from a charity shop
A4 did these when we rowed the runaway bunny and was unable to do them without help.  This time she managed no problem!
A4 did these when we rowed this book last September and was unable to do them without help. This time she managed no problem!
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!
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!
As we only have the one, the little girls shared it
As we only have the one, the little girls shared it
B2 really enjoyed it
B2 really enjoyed it
I had this as a tray activity for A2, which she did with her Granny
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

For more art ideas:

Our Classification Cards

I had A4 look through for rabbits and hares.  I wasn’t entirely certain she knew that they existed in the wild.

Printables

We don’t often use printables, but next year when we revisit each book I’ll be using them.

http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2013/01/the-little-rabbit-printables/

http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/RabbitPrintables.htm

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/little_rabbit.php

Mummy and A4 activity

Cleaning out the rabbit hutch and feeding and watering everyday.  I also gave both A4 and B2 lots of experience handling the rabbits:

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

Snacks

  • Marmite toast bunnies (made during our last row)

  • 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 ice-cream and fruit salad
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 …
...whilst B2 made the chocolate flavour
…whilst B2 made the chocolate 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

Our Special Tea

Our muffin tin meal from this row:

As I had already done an elaborate (albeit untidy!) muffin tin last row (see end of post), I decided to keep it simple this time:

Brown and white bunny shaped bread to represent the wild and tame bunnies; egg mayonaise 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!
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!

For more muffin tin meal ideas:
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Gary and I also 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)

This was our rather messy muffin tin from the last row.  I thought I would leave it in.  It might not look like much but it was probably A4’s favourite tin meal (almost due entirely to the marshmallow fluff!)

I bought some mini carrots 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!

My favourite by far, though, resulted from a surprise find at the supermarket.  I had wanted to recreate the little rabbits nest.  I did this using my lovely find of marshmallow fluff for the white rabbit fur and shavings of chocolate for the hay.  I had made 7 little bunnies (to represent Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…you get the idea) which the children could dip into the nest!

I’m pleased we rerowed this book.  I really didn’t do it justice last time, but this time the girls were so ready for everything I had planned and B2 that much older, added to the fact we had our very own rabbits made for a really fun week!

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34 comments

    1. 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.

  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

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