Hop Like a Bunny

TODDLER STORYTIME

OPENING SONG: Mister Sun
We practiced singing this song with sign language again this week.
You can print my handout, with instructions and pictures, here.

OPENING RHYMES:

SONG: If You’re Hoppy and You Know It
A bunny version of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”  This can be found on the Fisher-Price Easter Sing-Along Album.

If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around
If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around
If you’re hoppy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around.

…hop around
…shake your tail
…stomp your feet
…wiggle your nose

FINGERPLAY:  Here is a Nest
Here is a nest for robin (cup hands)
Here is a hive for a bee (close fists)
Here is a hole for a bunny (make circle with both hands)
And here is a house for me (make roof with hands)

BOOK 1: A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
A boy wakes up one morning with a bunny on his head.  His mother is a bit perturbed, but the bunny explains that “you can do anything with a bunny on your head – books can be read, peanut butter and jelly can be spread….”  This is a silly book with short sentences, lots of repetition and adorable pictures.

FINGERPLAY: Here is a bunny
Here is a bunny (hold up two fingers slightly bent)
And here is his home in the ground (make circle with other hand)
When a noise he hears, he pricks up his ears (straighten fingers)
And he jumps to his home in the ground (two fingers dive into circle)

Book 2: Bunny Fun by Sarah Weeks
A bunny and his friend mouse find lots of mischievous ways to have “bunny fun,” when they are stuck inside on a rainy day.  Bright pictures and easy, rhyming text make this a great read-aloud.

SONG: Mister Rabbit from Caspar Babypants’ album This is Fun!
I used shaker eggs with this song.  Start out by just keeping time with the shakers, then add in more actions with each verse.

Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit (Start shaking shaker eggs)
Your coat is mighty gray
Yes my friend, I like it that way
Every little soul must shine
Every little soul must shine

Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit
Your tail is mighty white….. (shake tails)

Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit
Your ears are mighty fluffy….. (shake eggs next to ears)

Interlude: Shake eggs high over heads, shake eggs low on the ground, turn around in a circle

Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit
Your hopping legs are long….. (hop in place for the rest of the song while shaking shaker eggs)


ACTIVITY: Easter Egg Hunt!
I filled plastic easter eggs with goodies (bite size 3 Musketeers or Milky Ways and stickers….but you could use anything else that is not a choking hazard) and then we had an Easter egg hunt in the children’s room!  Eggs were hiding on shelves, next to books, under chairs etc. 


BOOK 3:   Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Is it a duck?  Or is it a rabbit?  …you decide!

CRAFT:  Duck! Rabbit!
After reading Duck! Rabbit! we made our own version to take home.
You can print my Duck-Rabbit template here.
You can print the Duck Rabbit saying here.

Credit: Preschool Storytime Crafts


ADDITIONAL RHYMES

Hop With Me
To the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
Hop, hop, hop along
Or bounce on someone’s knee
Higher and higher and higher and higher
Bunny-hop with me!

Repeat at least 3 times.

Let Me Here You
Let me here you peep like a chick
Let me see you hop like a bunny
Let me hear you cock-a-doodle-doo
Now be quiet as an egg, thank you.

Closing Rhyme
Baby bunny bounces high; (Older children jump; babies bounce on caregiver’s knee.)
Baby bunny bounces low; (Jump low)
Baby bunny blinks his eyes; (Blink eyes as you point to them)
Baby Bunny waves good-bye. (Wave good-bye)

4 thoughts on “Hop Like a Bunny

  1. Wow, this is really really neat stuff! I LOVE it! I’m running a toddler music time. I am so glad I found your website, because I will definitely be using your ideas. Thanks so much for all your hard work.

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  2. your blog is simply AMAZING!
    I got a lot of tips and ideas reading through your postings.
    Could you post some video clips of your actual class? That would be amazing. Thank you.

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    • Thank you Lea! We’ve thought about adding video clips in the past, but uploading video to the blog requires a significant upgrade (and cost.) And since we do this all for free, we try to keep our costs to a minimum. :) Even if we were to use YouTube, we then run into copyright issues. Specifically, we are not able to post any videos of us reading books, because the content of those books has been copyrighted. Same goes for any purchased music or rhymes from published books. Definitely a great suggestion, and something that we’ll keep thinking about!

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