Attack of the Easter Bunnies!
Just kidding. We had fun this week at Story Time talking about bunnies and Easter. We read Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu, I Need an Easter Egg by Harriet Ziefert, Bunny Bunny by Kirsten Hall, The Bunnies Picnic by Lezlie Evans, What's the Matter Bunny Blue by Nicola Smee and my personal favorite, The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. I am sometimes amazed by the classics by Brown, they are so timeless in their style and stories that even decades after they were first published children still respond well to them. The children and I discussed what other things we could runaway and become like the bunny in the story. Some good ones were a sheep, and mother could be a shepard, an astronaut and mother could become a rocketship, a monster and mother could become a superhero. The best suggestion came from 5 year old Trey, he said a germ and mother could become soap.
We talked about what rabbits eat and showed pictures of some foods they would eat like carrots, celery and radishes. Some pictures of things they would not eat like cookies, soda pop and fish. Some of the pictures were hard to decide, most of the children didn't connect pumpkins with food/vegetables only with Jack-o-lanterns. Only a few knew what the picture of a mango was and only one knew what the whole pineapple was. The picture of the coconut was surprising since some of the children knew what it was but we decided that a rabbit wouldn't be able to eat it unless someone broke it open for them. Interesting insights from 4 year olds.
We pulled out the parachute and played "Make the bunny hop" with a stuffed toy rabbit and then we made some bunny masks from my new die-cut mask making set. This was our final Story Time for the session.
Next session will be the summer program for 3-6 year olds. This year the theme will be One World, Many Stories. Registeration begins June 7th.
Michele, Children's Librarian