No way can we go through the Easter season without doing a Story Time on Peter Rabbit. That is so not a thing. So join me on a journey through Mr. McGregor’s delectable garden, and let’s find some amazing activities to go along with this classic story that every child should read at least 50 times before the age of 10.
Now, I have to tell you, these illustrations still spark my imagination. There’s nothing quite like the sweetness of them. Even more than the story itself, the illustrations speak to me. I have wandered through them hundreds if not thousands of times, both as a child myself and with my own children. I have imagined what it must have been like to be Peter, to be the cat in the garden or the bird, to be Mrs. Rabbit or Peter’s siblings. I have imagined plucking the veggies from McGregor’s garden. My boys have, too. I’m betting your littles will as well.
Because the illustrations are so full of wonder and make me imagine so many things, I thought they might do so for your littles, too. So here is a free download for them to practice dialogue by imagining what Peter’s siblings talk about as they pick blackberries at the blackberry patch like the good little bunnies they are.
Ok, put down that club. There’s no need to hit me. I know baking-soda-vinegar projects are my go-to, but this one is pretty cool. I saw some ideas around the interweb for dissolving Peeps experiments, and I noticed that those sugary suckers are pretty hard to dissolve. Makes you wonder how they fare in your stomach. And what your arteries think of it. Anywho, this one is at least colorful, which your littles will love. I just really don’t advise eating them afterwards, no matter how pretty they are. If yours are anything like my Littles, you’d better put a few back for snackage.
What you need:
- 1 package Peeps, any size, any color (sorry mine aren’t rabbits. Should’ve thought that through)
- Baking Soda
- Measuring cups (especially Pretty Ones like my new Pioneer Woman cups)
- Food coloring
What you do:
- Separate your peeps into a cake pan or other container that can catch your mess
- Have your littles drop food coloring 1 drop at a time onto the Peeps. The Littles tried multiple colors on each Peep.
- Sprinkle scads of baking soda over the peeps
- Pour vinegar over baking soda
- Enjoy the color explosion
The Littles especially liked how it was similar to coloring Easter eggs. And the fact that it made a mess. Look how happy they are. That’s because of the spill on my tablecloth next to the plate. Let them try to deny it.
Egg Carton Bunny Craft
I love this dude, and he’s super easy to make. Sorry I didn’t take pics of the process, but it’s so easy I think you’ll do just fine without them.
What you need:
- Cardboard egg carton
- Craft Paint in white, black, and pink
- Thin Paint brush
What you do:
- cut 1 ½ cups from your egg carton.
- Cut the ½ away from the whole cup
- Trim off any excess cardboard from your whole cup
- Cut the sides off the half cup to make bunny ears
- With pink paint, paint inner ears onto bunny ears and a triangle nose in the center of your rabbit’s face
- Outline your nose with black paint and paint on your smiley mouth
- On either side of the nose, use white paint to draw on three whiskers
- Using just the tip of your brush, put a small white dot in the eyes
- With scissors or a sharp knife, cut two small slits on the back of the rabbit’s head for the ears (for a parent to do)
- Push the bottoms of the ears into the slits
- Add a dab of glue to hold ears in place
Food for this story is easy peasy. In Mr. McGregor’s garden, Peter comes across carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, peas, beans, and other yummy veggies. Make up a veggie plate for your little and have her sample each vegetable as Peter does. Super. Duper. Fun. And healthy.
But um, don’t forget to let them have the extra Peeps.
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