In our previous blog article we listed a few links to craft projects featuring rabbits that we found around the web. We also had a free download of a rabbit paper bag puppet pattern.
We are continuing the rabbit theme with a list of books that we thought would be interesting and fun to pair with a rabbit puppet. We’ve noticed that kids become more engaged during reading when a puppet is used to help bring a book alive.
WHY USE A PUPPET WHILE READING?
- Kids love puppets.
- Puppets boost creativity and stimulate kids’ imaginations
- Sometimes kids feel more comfortable reading to a puppet rather than to an adult
- A puppet can be used as an impartial character allowing kids to express their true emotions.
- A puppet made from our patterns is perfect for story time because it is soft and pliable. It can be stuffed into a small place ready to pop out to engage the kids. And it is easy to wash!
Books Featuring Rabbits
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons is about the changing of the seasons by the use of beautiful colorful illustrations and simple lyrical text. Written and illustrated by Il Sung Na. For preschool and up.
This book is just adorable about learning colors and how they mix. White Rabbit’s Colors (Little Rabbit Books) is written by Alan Baker. For ages 3-5 years, preschool to kindergarten. The rabbit is just so cute as it hops into different tubs of color!
I am a big fan of Mo Willems and every time I read this I have to chuckle. It sure brings back memories of when my kids were little. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale is about a little girl losing her favorite stuffed animal. Daddy accidentally throws it into the washer. I love the artwork-black and white photography with Mo’s expressive illustrations. Ages 3-6, preschool to kindergarten.
Quiet Bunny by Lisa McCue has some of the most adorable artwork! Quiet Bunny loves to listen to the sounds of the other animals in the forest and wants to join in. But he can’t, until he finds his own voice. Kids will love to join you in making the different animal sounds. For ages 4-6, preschool to 1st grade. Also check out her other book Quiet Bunny & Noisy Puppy.
Rabbits (Everyday Animals) by Julie Murray is a simple book for preschoolers to 1st grade. It is a good beginning reader book and even the littlest ones will enjoy looking at the cute photographs.
Free Download of a Rabbit Felt Hand Puppet Pattern
Don’t have the time to sew a puppet? Need a puppet fast? We have a free download for a rabbit hand puppet pattern using felt squares available from craft stores. The puppet can be made without sewing – all you need is a hot glue gun.
Need a puppet with a moving mouth and make expressions? We’ve got the pattern!
Need a puppet that can talk and make facial expressions? You can sew one with our Rabbit Puppet Sewing Pattern. The pattern is available as a digital download so you can start sewing immediately. We recommend using fleece and felt fabrics because they are inexpensive, readily available from craft stores, washable and easy to sew. Customers tell us how easy our step by step patterns (with lots of pictures) are to follow especially after watching the video tutorials. In fact you can watch our free video tutorial on how to sew the rabbit puppet right now!
What our customers are saying:
“Very detailed step-by-step instructions with color photos. Can’t wait to get all the supplies and make this puppet.”
“The puppets turn out really well and are a joy to use!”