24 Picture Books About Bunnies

24 Picture Books About Bunnies

READ: Picture books about bunnies (Check out the list below!)

CREATE: A collage bunny mask or a Little Peter Rabbit puppet

Peter Rabbit. Little Nutbrown Hare. Miffy. Knuffle Bunny.
The world of picture books is filled with many iconic rabbits.
Who is your favourite literary bunny?
Here are just some of our favourite picture books about bunnies.

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Cover of the picture book Sleep, My Bunny by Rosemary Wells

Sleep, My Bunny by Rosemary Wells

Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

Origami Heart by Binny

Cover of I am a Bunny by Richard Scarry

I Am A Bunny by Richard Scarry

The Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter

The Miffy Series by Dick Bruna



Ruby Red Shoes by Kate Knapp

Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen and Arthur Robins

The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett

The Great Rabbit Chase by Freya Blackwood

My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen and James Foley

This book is hilariously macabre. Sew your own zombie bunny using our tutorial.

End papers of picture book My Dead Bunny with a felt zombie bunny

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Pip and Posy by Axel Scheffler

The JoJo series by Xavier Deneux

Rabbit’s Nap by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler


The Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

The Snow Rabbit by Camille Garoche

Super Rabbit by Stephanie Blake

Dear Bunny by Katie Cotton and Blanca Gomez

Cover of picture book Dear Bunny by Katie Cotton

Max and Ruby series by Rosemary Wells

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na

Those Pesky Rabbits by Ciara Flood

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Hayward and Marjorie Flack

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Story Stones

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Story Stones

A set of stones with painted images are shown. They are to accompany a retelling of We're Going on A Bear Hunt.

We made these We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story stones to mark this classic book’s 30th birthday.
This is a book that brings up all of the warm and fuzzies for so many readers.
And what is a childhood without reenacting the legendary Bear Hunt with some swishy-swashying in long, wavy grass and squelch-squerching in thick, oozy mud?  (This read of the story by the author Michael Rosen is so fun.)

Story stones are a fabulous way to help young readers retell the story. They are a concrete material that helps deepen comprehension of the book.

What you will need to make your Bear Hunt Story Stones:

Some smooth stones (I bought mine from Cleverpatch. You could try your local garden centre or go on a rock collecting walk.)
My free Bear Hunt Story Stones printable*
PVA glue or Mod Podge
Scissors

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A bird's eye view of a craft table is shown. Childrens' hands are squeezing glue.

The process is pretty simple.
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Once you receive the email with the printable, download it and print it out.
Cut out each oval from the printable.
Choose a stone for each scene.
You will need to trim the oval down to fit each unique stone.
Use PVA glue or Mod Podge to glue the paper onto the stone- “just a dot, not a lot.”
Then put a thin coat of PVA glue / Mod Podge over the paper. This helps to give your story stones a nice gloss, but most importantly, it seals the paper and helps your story stones last a bit longer.

When we made these story stones in my READ + CREATE classes, the conversations that arose were the CUTEST.
One mini maker wondered why they went on a bear hunt if they didn’t really want to find a bear.
We all wondered how the bear was feeling as he trudged back to his cave.

If you do use this printable to make your own We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story stones, I’d love to see them! Tag me on IG or FB with @ohcreativeday.

Text overlay reads We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Story Stones Grab your free printable

READ + CREATE: Painting to Music

READ + CREATE: Painting to Music

The cover of a picture book called Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith is displayed with childrens' paintings.

Have you ever experimented with painting to music with your little ones?
We were lucky enough to receive a review copy of Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz from the kind folks at Walker Books.

READ: A book that explores music
CREATE:A musical painting

Bear tears up the dance floor with his repertoire of dance moves.
He can foxtrot. Quickstep. Hula. Belly dance.

This is such a rollicking good read, and Bear would give John Travolta a run for his Saturday Night Fever money.
As soon as I flipped through it, I knew that we would extend our reading of the book through musical painting.

Spreads from the picture book Bear Moves by Ben Bailey-Smith are displayed.

What we used when painting to music:

A watercolour palette
Watercolour paper
You could substitute the above with whatever materials you have on hand-
markers, crayons, newspaper, butchers paper

A Spotify playlist containing songs from the different musical genres in Bear Moves. E.g- quickstep, foxtrot, hula

Tips for painting to music with kids:

Have your materials organised and set up.

Our playlist was organised in the order of the musical genres explored in Bear Moves. So we flipped through the book as the songs changed.

You can see my kids in action with this activity over on Instagram.

A look at one spread from Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith. Text on page reads One for mums and dads and whatnot. Grab a friend and do the foxtrot!

I encouraged my children to use a different colour of paint for each musical genre.

As the music changed, I asked questions like “What kinds of marks does this music make you want to paint?” “How does this music make you feel?” “What colour suits this style of music?”

“This makes me want to paint zig zags!”
– Mr 3

My number 1 tip would be to complete this activity alongside your children- because it is THAT fun.

If you love the idea behind this project, why not go large scale? Check out Cara and Kinley’s Musical Canvas Experiment!

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The cover of a picture book called Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith is displayed with childrens' paintings. Text overlay reads Musical Painting Book Based Art.

 

READ + CREATE: Under the Love Umbrella

READ + CREATE: Under the Love Umbrella

A colourful kids artwork showing an unmbrella made from collage

Under the Love Umbrella is a glorious ballad to the omnipresence of love. It is an analogy for the invisible but enveloping power of love. Even if you are not physically near your loved ones, they are forever under your Love Umbrella and vice versa.

“And I will never not be near,
Because of our love umbrella.”

READ: Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell and Alison Colpoy
CREATE: A collaborative collage Love Umbrella`

If you have not come across the picture book dream team of Davina Bell and Alison Colpoys, rectify this. STAT.
It was one of our fave books of 2017.
Their books explore big matters in gentle, devastatingly beautiful ways.

Spreads from the picture book Under the Love Umbrella are shown against a children's artwork of an umbrella collage

Preschool drop-offs can be a fraught affair here. We use the Love Umbrella analogy here to try and cope with the initial separation anxiety. As we arrive at preschool, we open up our imaginary Love Umbrellas.

As Miss 5 has been preparing for Big School and Mr 3 has been preparing for a new preschool, we have been reading this book a lot lately.

This was a perfect opportunity to READ + CREATE. We created a family Love Umbrella. Open and close the Love Umbrella to reveal photos of loved one.

We used this project with a School Readiness angle- but it would also make a super sweet Valentine’s collaborative project.

You will need:

A large sheet of cardboard
A3 card or thick paper
Materials for colouring and collage?
Glue
Photos

How to make your Love Umbrella:

Spreads from the picture book Under the Love Umbrella are shown against a children's artwork of an umbrella collage

Fold your large sheet of cardboard in half from top to bottom.
Fold the A3 sheet of paper or card in half from side to side.
Draw half an umbrella from the fold outwards. Cut this out for a symmetrical umbrella.

Open out your umbrella. Trace this onto the “cover” of your large sheet of cardboard.

We have 5 family members so I created 5 segments on the umbrella cut out of the A3 card. Cut these segments out and distribute them to family members to decorate.

We used paint sticks and collage materials to decorate our segments.

Use a craft knife to cut the umbrella out of the top sheet of your large sheet of cardboard. Make sure you leave a few centimetres either side of the top of the umbrella. You want this to act as a flap so that your umbrella can be “opened” and the people under your Love Umbrella can be seen

Once decorated and dried, glue the collage segments onto the umbrella traced onto the large piece of cardboard.

A colourful kids artwork showing an unmbrella made from collage related to the picture book Under the Love Umbrella.

Glue photos of loved ones on the piece of cardboard underneath the umbrella. Dot glue along the edges of the bottom sheet of cardboard and firmly press the top sheet down.

Who is under your Love Umbrella?

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Spreads from the picture book Under the Love Umbrella are shown against a children's artwork of an umbrella collage. Text overlay reads Under the Love Umbrella: Book Based Craft

Painted Paper Pig Craft for Preschoolers

Painted Paper Pig Craft for Preschoolers

A children's craft project featuring a painted newspaper pig for Chinese New Year

I’ve been dreaming about this pig craft since last Lunar New Year.
This painted paper project is a perfect way to bring in the Year of the Pig.
And add some heart-shaped ears, eyes and snout and you’ve got a Valentine’s pig.
Gotta love a 2 for 1 craft deal.

You can never underestimate the power of simple processes and techniques to get little makers excited.
This pig craft asks your mini maker to paint, trace, cut and glue.
So. Much. Fun.

You will need:

Sheets of newspaper
White and red paint
Bowls to trace around
Black marker
Scissors
Glue

How to make your painted pigs:

A scene of children painting

Lay sheets of newspaper across the table.
In a paint palette, I prepared different amounts of red paint to white paint.
We began by exploring how to make different tints of pink.
And then we covered our newspaper sheets in our tints of pink.

If the idea of getting your paint on with your kids makes you feel a bit ill, never fear! You can totally adapt this project by using store-bought pink paper. Stay within your comfort zone!

A child's hands traces around a bowl on painted newspaper.

Once the newspaper had dried, we traced around a larger bowl to create the pig’s head. We traced around a smaller ramekin for the pig’s snout. If you’ve never traced around objects with your preschooler- try it!
Such simple joy!

To create the hearts, I showed my 5-year-old how to fold paper in half and cut out a symmetrical shape.
Her mind was blown.

You’ll need 5 hearts- 2 ears, 2 eyes and 1 for the snout. Although in my preschooler’s pig craft below, she only used 3. So really just do whatever tickles your fancy.

Look at all the personality in this pig!

Then you brandish the glue sticks and layer up the features.
After all that tracing, we freestyle cut the round parts of the eyes. We’re rebels like that.

Then you can add features with a black marker.

May the Year of the Pig bring you endless happiness and creativity.

Need more ideas for Lunar New Year craft?

Check out this free printable finger puppet craft

Or this lion dance craft

Print these fortunes for a fun fortune cookie craft

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New Year, New You: Painted Self-Portraits for Kids

New Year, New You: Painted Self-Portraits for Kids

6 children's paintings are shown. The paintings are self portraits.

Happy New Year!
These painted self-portraits for kids are a great way to kick off 2019 in creative style.

If we’re to believe all the Marketing boffins, then a New Year is all about a New You.
Bah humbug to that, I say! You just do you!
Although I have to admit, there is something incredibly alluring about the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings with the turn of the calendar year.

These self-portraits for kids were inspired by the idea that a New Year means you can reinvent yourself.
I used the prompt of “Who do you want to be this year?”
It was a fun question to ponder whilst we employed one of our favourite processes to create these portraits.

A children's painted self portrait.

What you will need:

Watercolour paper or heavy cardstock (I won’t judge you if you use standard paper- but it just doesn’t soak up the paint as nicely.)
Paints (We used a mix of acrylic paints.)
Old store loyalty cards
Black markers or black India ink

How to paint these self-portraits:

To create the mouth of your portrait, we used the scrape technique.
It’s a great way to make use of all those random plastic store loyalty cards that accumulate in your wallet.
(Or is that just me?!)

Squirt three dots of paint next to each other. Feel free to use more dots- I just find 3 to be the magic number.
Holding your card at an angle to the paint, scrape the paint across the page.
The challenge is to scrape the paint to create the mouth you want for your portrait.

You can see how we created a greeting card with this process here.

I prepped all of our paper and paint before unleashing the mini-artists.
With older kids, they could definitely do this step themselves.
However, the process is so fast and furious that it helps to have everything ready to go.
Plus my kids have very little self-restraint at this stage with paint, and I could just see puddles of paint across my house. Ha!

Scrape. Scrape. Scrape.

You then have two choices.

Add all the extra details. Or wait until the mouths have dried and then add all the extra details.
I went with the second option.

We discussed the shapes that could be used to create eyes and noses.

We began using black markers to add the other facial features. But then I took it to the next level and brought out the India ink. This stuff is messy but the results are oh-so-good!

Kiddy self-portraits are some of my very favourite things in life.

So who do you want to be this year?

And if it feels like the New Year took you by surprise, never fear! You get a second chance when Chinese New Year rolls around in February.

Check out these Chinese New Year crafts here.

If you try these self-portraits for kids, be sure to tag me @ohcreativeday on social media. I love seeing my projects in the real world!

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Colourful painted self portraits are shown with the text overlay of New Year, New You: Painted Self-Portraits for Kids