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Bunnies on the Bus: ideas and activities

Learning type: Classroom activity
Category: Author/book resource
Programme: Bookbug
Genre: Adventure, Animals, Art
Age group: 3-5, Children, Families
Topics: Bookbug

Our friends at PlayTalkRead have come up with some great crafting activities to help you get the most out of Bunnies on the Bus by Philip Ardagh and Ben Mantle, which is in the Bookbug Explorer Bag.

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How to make cardboard roll bunnies

You will need:


  1. Make your own bunnies to go along with the story! Use a cardboard roll for the body and use the second roll to cut out ears, arms, and bunny feet.
  2. Use sticky tape to attach them and add other details with coloured pens.

How to make hand shape bunnies

You will need:


  1. Draw around your hands and cut out the hand shapes.
  2. Cut off the middle finger to give our bunnies two ears and two arms.
  3. Add details to the bunnies with pens and stick them to cardboard rolls and lollipop sticks to make bunny puppets to play with.

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