A few years ago we made snowman play dough as gifts for my daughter’s preschool class and when I saw these same containers they inspired me to make small gifts for Easter. I teach at a church affiliated preschool, and we celebrate Easter usually giving little gifts to our students. These Easter bunny play dough gifts are perfect for Easter baskets, and you don’t even have to put play dough in them, you could use them for jelly beans, slime, or mini carrots although I can’t promise you that carrots will be as popular as the jelly beans.
Here is how we made Easter bunny play dough:
Gather your materials. You will need some small containers ( a bag of 10 cost me a buck at the dollar store), play dough, googly eyes, sticky-back pink and white foam ( sparkly is fun but not a must), scissors, ribbon, and a sharpie.
Start by cutting out your ears and noses. I free handed these, but you could make a template if you are more exact than I am.
Peel back only the very end of the backing and stick it to the lid.
Add the eyes, and nose. After that, use the Sharpie to make whiskers.
I filled each with half a can of Play-Doh, I love the smell of the real thing, but I also have lots of great play dough recipes if you want to make your own.
Pop the lid on and add some dapper ribbon.
All ready for Easter!
Books About The Easter Bunny
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by Grace Maccarone is an interesting tale about how Peter Rabbit became the Easter Bunny. The book has a few loose ends I wish would be tied up but before I get to that let me give you a quick taste of the book. The story is how Peter wants to make his mom forgive him for being naughty, so he steals ( although he doesn’t see it that way) eggs from neighboring farms to give her as a gift. Before he gives them to her paint falls on them, and they get colored all different beautiful colors. His mom tells him not to steal, and so he returns them at night becoming the Easter Bunny. Ok here are my issues…I don’t mind naughty characters, in fact, I usually really enjoy them but sneaking back to return something you stole without apologizing left a bad taste. I know why the author wrote it like that to turn him into the Easter Bunny, but it still didn’t sit well with me. The illustrations by David McPhail stole the show; I thought they were beautiful.
The Best Easter Eggs Ever!
by Jerry Smath is my favorite book in this group. The story follows the Easter bunny and his three young assistant bunnies as they prepare for their big day. The Easter Bunny is getting tired and a little bored of his polka dot design for the eggs and decides to send out his assistants in search of new designs. The little bunnies head out with one egg and paints to all different places to find inspiration. When one of the little bunnies is captivated by the night sky, she doesn’t notice how dark it is and how lost she has gotten. The Easter Bunny and his other assistants find her and in the morning, the new designs are celebrated. My son loves an inside look at any secret place like the Easter Bunny’s or Santa’s workshop so; he was drawn into this book immediately. I liked the illustrations and how detailed they were, it certainly got me excited about Easter.
The Night Before Easter
by Natasha Wing is an Easter version of the classic “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. With fun pictures and an Easter Bunny so joyful, I wanted to apply for his job this book was a hit at our house. My son was engaged through the whole book guessing at the rhymes and listening intently from one page to the next. Of all the books this was the only one that engaged my toddler as well. She pointed out animals and loved the little boy in the book. Great Easter book.