We've been fans of Margaret Wise Brown books for awhile, and this one is no exception!
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Eleanor was so excited to start The Runaway Bunny. It's such a sweet little book about a mother's love! As I read, she took the book and examined the illustrations. She immediately noticed the alternation between black and white and color page spreads, so it was easy to discuss that lesson with her naturally. She also caught on to and started imitating the repetitive language as I continued through the book. She liked doing the "If you become . . . " lines for me.
Another art lesson actually happened in an impromptu way. Eloise had dumped the crayons out, and Eleanor went through and picked out all the purple crayons. It made me think of the lesson in the manual, so I sat down with her and showed her how we could look at all the different types of purple. I did it with green (an easy color to do with the pictures in the book) and she decided to do a Green Rainbow while I read the book again.
We also compared the illustrations and looked at the corresponding pictures in The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon. She loved pulling out another beloved book. (Goodnight Moon was our very first row.)
We played with various pattern block mats from PreKinders. She has a sailboat, rabbit, and flower that all go well with this story.
I also found Eleanor making variations of this flower on her own without the mat at other times, which I thought was interesting.
Eleanor loves "worksheets" so I chose a few different pages from these bundles:
Homeschool Share Runaway Bunny
The Runaway Bunny Printables from Homeschool Creations
Five in a Row Fold N Learn
I tried to find her favorite types of activities. She did patterns, beginning sounds, a maze, and a few other activities that allowed for scissors, glue and dot markers.
We got outside for some nature walks, and were able to find dead trees . . . just like in the illustrations.
For free play, I set out random toy bunnies. Some were stuffed, some where from $1 store games, etc. She had fun playing with them, feeding them toy carrots from her play kitchen, and making this one Queen of the Bunnies.
I had a special snack, some go-along books and a few other activities planned, but sometimes things don't go as planned, and that's okay. Sometimes we deviate from the plan so we can enjoy the moment. It's not Pinterest perfect. I don't even remember to take pictures of half the stuff we do. But the moments are pure and memorable, and that's what matters to me.
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