Easter is about Jesus and the resurrection, absolutely. We talk and sing and read and color about that a lot. The kids really get – and love – it … but they love the spring themes of bunnies, eggs and, ahem, baskets too.
One of my favorite kid crafts at Easter is the Big Bunny. I used to have my kindergartners do it, but hadn’t tried it in preschool. I worried that it followed too many steps.
But I’ve really missed the bunnies hanging on the wall at Easter time. So I began to strategize how to accomplish it. I thought, What would happen if we broke it up into smaller steps throughout the morning? I decided to give it a try. (I figured, the worst that could happen was for the craft to bomb. We teachers all experience that from time to time … and the students always survive.)
So, I had the Sisters help cut ears (see below) and held my breath. 🙂
Step 1: We cut out the bunny’s tummy – both a pink and white piece – and glued the pink piece onto the white and wrote our names on the bunny.
We then went to literacy centers.
Step 2: After literacy centers we came back to the bunny. We cut out the head and glued the bunny ears on (in kindergarten I would have the students cut out the ears, but I decided with preschoolers, it would be wise – and a whole lot faster – to have the ears precut). We glued the bunny head onto the bunny body.
After this we went to math centers.
Step 3: After the math centers, we folded the arms and legs. Fun, crazy folds! Then we glued the limbs to the body. We glued a bow by the ears for girl bunnies and a bow tie in between the head and the body for boy bunnies. (Yes, the bows were precut too!) The students then drew faces onto their bunnies.
Done! And hanging on the wall, right where they belong!!
By taking small steps, my preschoolers were able to do this fun project, and I was able to have my bunnies!!!! 🙂