I love making things with mini marshmallows. We have made all sorts of things with marshmallows over the years but never an Easter bunny craft with mini marshmallows. It was time to grab a bag of mini marshmallows and have some fun.
When I post these crafts, I often get many comments and emails asking how I can stop my kids from eating all the marshmallows and keep crafting. It’s simple really. I have used the same method for years and it incorporates some math into the craft as well. I will give them a number of mini marshmallows to add and after they do they can have 3 to eat. Then I give them another usually larger number and so on until they are done. So yes there is some eating but no more than a handful go in their mouth … I am pretty sure I eat more than they do. I LOVE marshmallows!
Start by making a template for the outline. I used a piece of scrap paper that had drawing on the other side.
Next, start adding the marshmallows. Seeing how my two very different children attacked this task was fascinating. My three year old was methodical carefully placing the marshmallows on end. While my seven-year-old was putting them on as fast as he could to eat more marshmallows. Counting is natural even if you don’t use the same add then eat method I explained above.
Books About Bunnies
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White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker is a classic in my mind and if you have never read it you must. It’s not a complicated story. Instead, it’s a brilliant book and lesson about color mixing. The cover illustration of the bunny in the paint always makes me think of dying Easter eggs, which is another great opportunity to teach about color mixing. Kids love this book and adults reading it will enjoy the fun and dynamic language used to describe the vibrant colors that the bunny plunges into.
A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo is a nice book about two bunnies that don’t fit in at school. This book opened a good dialogue between my son and I as we were reading about how both the tallest and the shortest bunny in the class got picked on. The students in their class were mean but not purposefully bullying, they excluded these bunnies because they simply didn’t fit. The part that hit me the most was when the teacher lined the kids up by height. Amelia the tall bunny was always last. It just made me think of how adults so often single kids out without trying to be terrible, but really hurting them. All that aside, the book itself comes to a nice conclusion. I think it’s worth grabbing for any child tall or short or in between.
Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson is such a sweet little book that just oozes spring! Readers get to follow along with the wee little bunny as it frolics around with other animals and plays the day away. After a long day, the bunny returns to its happy place to snuggle with its mama. Toddlers will connect with the bunny and this sweet little story. The illustrations by John Butler will make you want to reach into the pictures and try to pet the bunny’s soft fur. They are that vibrant!