Grab some felt to make this Knuffle Bunny Inspired Bunny Costume Headband. This project is great for beginning sewers. No sewing machine needed. (If you don’t sew – just hot glue!!!)
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DIY Bunny Costume with Felt
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Williams is a delightful tale of a little girl and her father on their walk to do laundry. A missing bunny creates tears the whole way home. Mama knows what’s wrong and Daddy heads back to the laundry mat to retrieve a wet Knuffle Bunny. Trixie squeals with glee when her beloved bunny returns, “Knuffle Bunny!”
Meet the author Mo Williams in this short video by Harper Collins. Find out where he learned to write children’s books, what important topics he likes to write about, and more!
The following activity, DIY Bunny Costume Headband is a great way to tie literacy and life skills together into an at home project for grade school children. I supervise all sewing projects and help thread needles, otherwise, my 8 year old and 4 year old sew independently. Adults could of course make one as well.
Make A Knuffle Bunny Inspired Costume Headband
- Light green, black, and white felt
Directions to Make the Bunny Costume Felt Headband:
1. Cut a green felt rectangle 23 inches by 3 inches. This will fit most children’s heads.
2. Cut 2 green ears, 2 small white circles, 2 tiny black circles for the pupils, 6 teeny tiny pictures for the whisker / freckles (not pictured below)
3. Assemble the pieces in their places. Glue or pin in place.
4. Using a straight stitch, sew the pieces together. Switch thread colors as needed. Match like colors if possible.
5. Try the headband on. Pin closed where it would make the best fit for your child. Using a straight stitch, attach
Story Extensions for Knuffle Bunny
Now that you have made a Knuffle Bunny Headband, the kids can re-enact the story. One child (or you) can be Trixie, the little girl who lost her bunny at the laundromat. The other child can be Knuffle Bunny. It’s ok if your Knuffle Bunny speaks. Think about what his voice would sound like and what things he would say.
Let your children explore their creativity in the story retelling activity.
- “Where are you TRIXIE?”
- “There is tooo much water in here. GLUG.”
- “YEAH! Thank you Daddy for finding me.”
- “I LOVE YOU TRIXIE!”
What Would YOU Do?
In this activity children will be asked to think about positive ways to communicate when they are upset. In Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Trixie gets upset because the grown – ups do not understand her. Communication is so very important with our family members. Have the children make a list of things they could do if they lost their special toy; ask with their words, draw a picture, point to the place where you usually keep it, use hand signs, and show a sad face. This is a great time to remind them of the classic saying, “You get more bees with honey!”
Make sure to buy (or check out from the library) your copy of Knuffle Bunny and some of Mo Willems other kid-favorite books:
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Are you interested in participating in Virtual Book Club for Kids this year? If so, here’s what to do…
1. Add the dates to your calendar and start reserving or finding your books!
2. Pick at least one book each month to read with your child.
3. Do a book inspired craft or activity after you read the book.
4. Come stop by and tell us what you did here in the COMMENTS or over on our Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page!
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Printable Book List for Virtual Book Club for Kids
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