Hop to it. This funny bunny is easy to make.
Bunny love is all around us at Easter time. And there’s so much to love about this one, with her (or his) big ears, sparkling eyes, and heart-shaped nose. And the best part? Kids get to make it themselves (with your help of course.)
While we have given basic instructions below, encourage your kids to express their creativity.
• brown paper lunch bag
• masking tape
• light cardboard/bristol board
• 2 popsicle sticks
• hot glue gun/white glue
• googly eyes
• cotton ball
• tempera or acrylic paint
• paint brushes
• extras: buttons, ribbon, glitter, marker
Step 1: Make body. Crumple up a piece of newspaper and place it into the brown paper bag so that it fills the bag up halfway. This will form the belly of the Easter Bunny. Wrap an elastic band around the middle of the paper bag to ensure the newspaper stays in place.
Step 2: Make head. Take a smaller piece of newspaper, crumble it up into a ball and insert it into the remainder of the brown paper bag to form the head. Use masking tape to tape the top of the head closed. Make sure all edges are sealed.
Step 3: Make arms, feet and ears. Go to www.peterboroughkids.com and print out the template for the arms, feet, and ears. Trace them onto cardboard or bristol board. Cut shapes out.
Use a hot glue gun to a) glue arms to the sides of the body b) glue popsicle sticks to the bottom of each foot (to ensure your Easter Bunny will stand up without falling over) c) glue feet to the bottom of the paper bag d) glue the ears to the top of the head. (You can also let the kids do the gluing with plain white glue, but it will take longer to dry. If you decide to do this, paint body parts first and when completely dry, attach to body.)
Step 4: Add colour. Paint your Easter Bunny an exciting colour or colours using either tempera or acrylic paint. Let it dry completely as the paper bag is fragile when wet. Trick: Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.
Step 5: Add creative touches. Glue on a cotton ball for the tail. Add a pair of googly eyes. Be creative – adorn your Easter Bunny with extra materials that will make it unique e.g., glitter, ribbon, buttons, etc.
Step 6: Make an Easter egg. Cut an Easter egg out of cardboard or bristol board. Paint it with different colours and designs. Glue the Easter egg to your bunny!