Before Five in a Row: The Little Rabbit

This week we read The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn.  It captures a little a little girl’s adventure with her pet rabbit named Buttercup.  We didn’t spend a lot of time on this story, but had a nice relaxed week nonetheless.

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This story was a bit unique as it has been the only Five in a Row book done with photographs.  We spent a lot of time comparing illustrated bunnies with the photographed bunnies.  I’m amazed at how many children’s books use bunnies and bears as the main characters.

Since we were learning about photographs, I let them use my camera to do a photo shoot with their animals.  We may need a little work on composition! I’m particularly fond of the junky backdrops! Haha!

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We tried our hand at color matching and matched crayons to different shades of colors found in the story.  They enjoyed this much more than I thought they would.  It then spurred them to make their own version of the book.  I loved how they turned out!

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Benjamin’s version
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I love the buttercups!
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Clara’s book, though I don’t know what prompted the droppings!

For Bible this week, we talked about Proverbs 12:10.  We discussed all of the things animals need when we take them as pets.  We also listed all of the ways Sarah, the girl in the story, took care of her bunny and her babies.

The righteous care for the needs of their animals.

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Since buttercup has babies in the book, we read a little about animal babies.  Clara matched animal babies to the mamas while Benjamin did math.  Notice the first to be completed was the horse!

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From the Five in a Row Facebook group, someone had the brilliant idea of incorporating a  Lego challenge with each book. I had to do this since Legos are about the only thing that motivate Benjamin!  He made a bunny hutch and I thought it was just darling!

 

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The bunny hutch from The Little Rabbit

This is Benjamin’s Lego bunny hutch.  He was beyond thrilled when I gave him the challenge and constructed it in about 10 minutes.

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This is Clara’s bunny hutch

We watched an Art Hub for Kids video here on how to draw a realistic bunny.  They both LOVED  these videos and wanted to keep working on them.  We drew bunnies, chicks, and easter baskets!   They turned out really cute.  I’m grateful for YouTube because I desperately need the artistic help!  And yet my brother manages to sell paintings for thousands! How different we all are…

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Notice how mine on the bottom is on the same level as Benjamin’s!

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I love the carrots!

We had some Easter fun by decorating foil eggs.  I drew some sample patterns and they went to work! I guess I forgot to get a picture of the final product.

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We had an Easter egg coloring party!  We invited Sofia and Samuel over to decorate eggs.  They were quite proud of their creations.  Though coloring eggs is not huge tradition in Italy, it is gaining popularity.  lrg_dsc02978.jpeg

We went to a local pet story in an attempt to find bunnies… but had no luck and had to settle for fish.

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On a random note, nothing like pancake faces for dinner!  I made the pancakes and they made the faces.  One perk of Dad working nights!

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Clara looked so beautiful in her Easter dress!  Benjamin was a handsome little hunk, but would NOT cooperate for a picture.  The day couldn’t have been more lovely! He is risen indeed!

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Next week we’ll be back for more fun with bunnies while we read The Runaway Bunny!

 

 

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