We’re in week 3 of our ‘Growing Gardens’ Mother Goose Time theme and seriously cannot get enough! This week is all about ‘Visitors in the Garden’, and today we learned about Rabbits!
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I’m convinced that everything Mother Goose Time comes up with is literally perfect for my children! We have a blast Every.Single.Lesson and even my Kindergarten and 1st Grade boys BEG to do it!
Here’s some of what our ‘Visitors in the Garden…Rabbits!’ day looked like:
1. ‘R’ is for Rabbit
Our lesson started by discussing how rabbits move. Ironically, we looked next door and our neighbor’s two rabbits were running wild. Perfect!
Next we explored different ways of hopping or jumping. I then taped an uppercase letter ‘R’ on the grass (if you’re indoor just do it on the floor). Mother Goose Time provided us with adorable letter photo cards (of both the capital and lowercase R, and then pictures of two words that start with the letter R. In this case: Rabbit and Rocket. I asked my children to choose if they wanted to hop like a rabbit or blast off like a rocket – following along the taped line. Of course they had a blast and chose both – then experimented with any and all ways they could follow the line. As they waited their turn, they were instructed to draw an ‘R’ in the sky with their arms. Warning: Your kids may not want to stop! 😉
2. Rabbit Mask
Why do you think rabbits have such big ears?
We discussed answers and then tried a little experiment! We became very quiet and explored the outdoor area for sounds. We then sat down and cut bottoms out of paper cups and had them listen with the cups at their ears. I then explained that big ears allow rabbits to hear approaching predators.
Moving on to art, we created Rabbit Masks! Mother Goose Time provided each child with card stock paper, paper plates, craft sticks, and cotton balls. I then provided paints, glue, & scissors/tape. (And I, of course, played our ‘Growing Gardens’ audio CD while my little artists were at work!) We love listening to music while we create!
Each child decided how large or small they wanted their bunny’s ears to be. They then drew them on the paper and cut them out. (I had my youngest daughter’s already drawn and cut out for her). They then picked whatever colors they wanted on their ears and got to painting!
I had pre-cut all the centers of the plates out – forming a large ‘O’, but you may want to let your older children cut them out if you desire. I allowed my children to paint and decorate however they chose. They glued on cotton balls and painted some more. After all the pieces dried, we taped the ears onto the back of the circle, and then taped the mask onto the craft stick.
3. Rabbits in the Garden
Where do Rabbits live?
Mother Goose Time provided us with the cutest little Rabbit Counters, as well as Math Story cards. I provided blocks & legos and then watched my children freely play with them. I explained that most Rabbits live underground in burrows or rabbit holes. I then invited my children to use their blocks and legos to build their versions of a rabbit burrow.
Next, we used the rabbit counters to create groups according to the math stories on the cards, starting at level 1 and progressing to more challenging questions as ready.
4. Rabbit Language
How do you think rabbits talk to each other?
I invited my children to have a conversation without words – only movement and gestures! I explained that rabbits are very quiet when they are hungry, tired, or scared. They communicate with body language.
I demonstrated and then had my children mimic these rabbit language movements:
Head flat on floor = Please pet me.
Kicking = I’m upset with you.
Licking = I love you.
Soft teeth grinding = I’m very happy.
Back turned to you = I’m ignoring you.
Ears forward = I’m surprised.
Ears back = I’m stressed.
Scream = I’m hurt.
As always, what a fun day we had with Mother Goose Time! Keep visiting back as I’ll keep on posting our fun!