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Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit includes crafts, recipes, and other activities to help your littles enjoy the picture book even more.

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’.

Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit includes crafts, recipes, and other activities to help your littles enjoy the picture book even more.

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.

Language

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.

Honeybee Acrostic Free Printable for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

Science

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 Nature Unit Free Printable for Story Time: The Whispering RabbitCraft

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

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.

 

The supplies you need to make Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

 

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:

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

  • Place the 2 3-inch chenille stems in an x shape, then fold them around each other

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

  • 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.

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

  • 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.

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

  • Using large dollops of tacky glue, glue yellow poms to front and back of black pom

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

 

  • Glue small black poms to the front of a yellow pom (whichever one looks best for the bee’s face)

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

  • 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

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

  • 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

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

  • 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

Honeybee Easter Basket Decoration for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

Food

Honey Toffee Recipe  for Story Time: The Whispering Rabbit

No way can we talk about bees without having a honey-flavored treat!  This one is easy and delicious.

Honey Toffee

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.

Love wins,

KT

 

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

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12 Comments

  1. I love Margaret Wise Brown but am not familiar with the Whispering Rabbit. Thanks for sharing! The bee activities are so sweet in so many ways. ; )

  2. That sounds like such an adorable story! I have never heard of this one. Cute crafting ideas to go along with it too. Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Learn. Pinned.
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  3. Thanks for linking up over at Home Matters! What a fun idea, and so many great ideas for teachers!

  4. I love this story. Thanks for introducing such cute activities to share with your little ones. Also, thanks for joining us at the #LMMLinkup and for all your support.
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  5. LOVE Margaret Wise Brown! These activities are so good!
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  6. I love all these hands-on activities, especially the bee craft!
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