Yesterday was the last day of term 1 for our class and one of the parents brought in 3 male dwarf lop eared rabbits for an impromptu visit. Live animals in a classroom full of 3-4yr olds is always an interesting experience. I’m pleased to announce that no animals or children were harmed in the making of this post.
These little critters are only a few weeks old so there was a lot of discussion on how to handle pets gently. We also mentioned that sometimes the rabbits might unintentionally scratch you and the best thing to do in that situation is to put them down.
It was interesting to watch the different reactions from the children. Some were so eager to hug and squish the rabbits while others backed right away and wild horses couldn’t even drag them to have a pat. There was also a smattering of children that were cautious at first but after seeing the delight on the faces of their peers decided to have a pat.
We’d already planned to make some Easter bunnies and chicks that day so the visit was well timed. We had some yellow and white egg shaped card punched with holes. We thread some wool through to join the pieces together and added extra bits to make them look like chickens or bunnies.
And to top the day off the real Easter Bunny came for a visit. We went off for a walk to look at our school’s Sustainability Garden and see some live chickens. The year three class showed us around and told us what they have learnt during their Science lessons. While we were looking at the garden that sneaky Easter Bunny filled our baskets with a nut free Easter egg (He’s a very dietary conscience bunny!), some marshmallows chicks and bunnies and a handful of jellybeans. He even left some white powdery footprints, that smelt suspiciously like Cashmere Bouquet, where he’d jumped around and into our room. I’m glad this year he decided not to jump on our tables!
Happy Easter, every bunny!