This week the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. We are sharing a hopping bunnies measurement activity to go along with the book. Be sure to see all of the bunny themed activities at the end of the post. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale is by a favorite author, Mo Willems. We especially love his Elephant and Piggie series and of course The Pigeon. His books are always full of humor that both parents and kids can appreciate. The Knuffle Bunny series is unique in that the backgrounds are created from actual photographs of Brooklyn and elsewhere. Mo Willems said he edited the “ugliness of his neighborhood” by removing such things as air-conditioners and trash in order to make the photos feel more like how he views the neighborhood in his memory. His character drawings on top of the grayscale photographs make for a very cool read. Plus every parent can relate to Trixie’s plight of losing a beloved toy. You search high and low to find the precious friend for fear of the ensuing drama. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief when the special toy is found.
Hopping Bunnies | A Measurement Activity for Kids
I found these jumping bunnies in the Easter section at Walmart for $1 for a package of 6. (Find similar jumping bunnies on Amazon in a package of 144.) I knew they would be perfect for a measurement activity. How far can the bunnies jump? Can you land the bunnies in a target?
We took the bunnies outside because it was such a beautiful spring day. I placed a folding table on the ground to give us a hard surface to launch the bunnies from. We set up a tape measure along the table and lined up the bunnies.
Get ready to launch them.
Aiden launched each bunny. Then, he and Lily looked at where they landed. We talked about the distance they had traveled. This was an easy way to practice number recognition with Lily (she’s almost 3) and a lesson in measuring for both Aiden (age 7) and Lily.
Next, Aiden wanted to try to get the bunnies to land in a bucket of water. He and Lily set out to launch their bunnies back and forth. It took a while, but they finally got a few to land in the bucket.
Watch the bunnies in action below.
More Mo Willems Inspired Activities from Us
- Dinosaur Number Maze inspired by Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
- Listening Games with Elephant and Piggie inspired by Should I Share My Ice Cream
- Build a Trap for Dinosaurs inspired by Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
- Things That Go Experiment inspired by The Pigeon Loves Things That Go
- The Duckling Gets a Cookie Math Games
- Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! Sorting Game
More Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more bunny activities inspired by Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale:
Sidewalk Chalk Bunny Alphabet Game – The Educators’ Spin On It
Bunny Hop Number Line Game – Teach Beside Me
Ten Frame Number Mat Bunnies
Shredded Paper Bunny Craft – Artsy Momma
How to make homemade Bunny Crayons – Messy Little Monster
Knuffle Bunny Color Exploration Activity – Jdaniel4’s Mom
Bunny Color Hop for Toddlers and Preschoolers- Toddler Approved
Eraser Stamped Bunnies – Mama Smiles
Bunny Hop Shape Challenge – Rainy Day Mum
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