If you have forgotten about this classic by Margaret Wise Brown (or somehow never heard of it), the Easter season is a perfect time to break out The Whispering Rabbit and share it with your kids. The cuteness overload here is real.
I mean, a sweet little bunny who yawns and yawns (without ever covering his mouth) until a bee flies into it? And then the bee curls up in his throat and goes to sleep and all the bunny can do is whisper? Yeah. Too much cuteness.
Though I do have to admit to being stumped by the latest update to the book. No one could have illustrated that much cuteness better than Cindy Szekeres. But maybe that’s just me? I don’t know, Google The Whispering Rabbit and look at the images. Most of the cute ones are by Szekeres. I’m just sayin’.
The Whispering Rabbit Activities
Regardless of which copy you can get your hands on, I think your littles will enjoy reading about the rabbit and the bee for Easter or just for anytime. And these activities? Yeah, they’re going to make it even better.
It’s National Poetry Month, y’all! So why not let your littles try their hand at an acrostic poem? If you don’t know, an acrostic poem uses a word going vertically down the page as the first letter in each horizontal line. In honor of The Whispering Rabbit, here’s a free printable to make an acrostic poem from the word HONEYBEE.
We’re going with the bee theme here, so Bee Nature Study is the perfect science activity for this book. Here’s a free 10-page Bee Nature Unit to get you started! I’m cool like that.
Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration
Of course, you could use this little guy to decorate any ol’ thing your heart desires, but he looks mighty cute on an Easter basket.
What you need:
- 2 medium yellow poms
- 1 medium black pom
- 2 small black poms
- 2 3-inch black chenille stems and 1 4-inch black chenille stem
- Small googly eyes
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Yellow tissue paper
- Lit Mama’s Honeybee Wings Template
What you do:
- Place the 2 3-inch chenille stems in an x shape, then fold them around each other
- Place the 4-iinch stem in the center of the X and wrap it around. This longer stem will attach the bee to the Easter basket.
- Place a large dollop of tacky glue in the center of the X and glue the medium black pom to it
Note: Poms tend to soak up the glue, so use plenty or your bee will fall apart.
- Using large dollops of tacky glue, glue yellow poms to front and back of black pom
- Glue small black poms to the front of a yellow pom (whichever one looks best for the bee’s face)
- Glue googly eyes onto small black poms
- While the bee is drying, print out the Bee Wings Template and trace it onto 1 layer of yellow tissue paper with a pencil
- Turn wings upside down so the pencil marking shows as a faint delineation between the wings and glue to the top of the black pom
- Allow the bee to dry completely before using the middle legs to attach him to an Easter basket by twisting them around the basket’s handle
No way can we talk about bees without having a honey-flavored treat! This one is easy and delicious.
What you need:
- 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 cups sugar
- candy thermometer
What you do:
- Generously oil a jelly roll pan (or as we call them, a cookie sheet) and set aside
- Put the butter, sugar, and honey in a 3-4 quart heavy saucepan
- Over moderate heat, stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil
- Continue to boil slowly over moderate heat, stirring gently without touching the sides, until it reaches the hard-crack stage (290F)
- Pour mixture into the oiled pan and allow to cool about 5 minutes
- Use a butter knife to score the toffee into squares
- Allow to cool completely, the break the toffee into pieces along scored lines
- Store in an airtight container
Oh me. Oh my. Is it too much to say that this Story Time is the bee’s knees?
Stop throwing things at me.