This adorable feed the bunny game is a great activity to teach alphabets to preschoolers in a fun way. Free printable makes it a quick and easy DIY for busy parents and teachers.
My three year old has been learning his letters at school, and I’m constantly amazed at how quickly his little mind can remember and pick up! It’s been so fun to watch him point out and read letters on signs, cereal boxes, books…pretty much everywhere!
Seeing that he’s enjoying learning letters so much, I decided to create this fun “Feed the Bunny” Letter recognition activity for a little pretend play. This way, I can help him to reinforce the alphabet while at home. And since Easter is right around the corner, the bunny theme is perfect!
Fun Letter Recognition Activity for Preschoolers
This fun feed the bunny alphabet activity consists of a hungry bunny with carrot letters that your child can feed into the bunny’s mouth. To make finding the carrot easier (and also more visually appealing), you can fill a small bin with wild rice (or black beans, crushed oreos, etc) as the “dirt”. Next, plant each of the little carrots into the “dirt” in alphabetical order. This way, it’ll be easier for your struggling student to find the correct carrot. On top of that, this adds another fun dimension of pretend play. Your preschooler will feel like they are in a garden harvesting carrots out from the ground to feed it to their hungry bunny.
How to Make Feed the Bunny Alphabet Activity for Toddlers At Home
This activity is super easy to make, and all you need is an empty oatmeal container and a cereal box to make your hungry bunny. To make the bunny a little more fun, I glued a furry fabric over the oatmeal container as the bunny’s body. Alternatively, you can just use white felt or white construction paper instead. However, I have to say that the furry fabric was definitely appealing to my 3 year old as he kept saying “furry! furry!” and wanted to pet the bunny.
Free Printable Alphabet Activity
In order to create the bunny face, you will need to head to the FREE MindyMakes Resource library to grab the free printable. Print the bunny face on sticker paper (regular paper is fine too), glue it onto a cereal box or thin cardboard, cut it out and glue it onto the lid. Next, cut out the bunny mouth and you are all set to go!
The free PDF printable also includes the carrots with letters, as well as 4 strips of notepad paper. All you need to do is print and laminate and you are ready to help your preschooler recognize letters! The notepad paper printable is completely optional. However, you can use it to write words on it for your toddler to find the letters and feed it to bunny.
For older students learning uppercase and lowercase letters, you can write the lower case letters on the notepad paper and ask them to find the uppercase carrot for bunny.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE FEED THE BUNNY LETTER ACTIVITY?
For this fun and easy feed the bunny alphabet activity, you will need the following materials:
- FEED THE BUNNY ALPHABET ACTIVITY Free Printable (Available in the Free MindyMakes Library).
- EMPTY OATMEAL CONTAINER
- GLUE STICK – Alternatively, print on sticker paper instead
- UTILITY KNIFE
- GLUE GUN
- TACKY GLUE
- PAPER SCISSORS
- THIN CARDBOARD – cereal box works great here. Or print the bunny face on card stock instead.
- FABRIC (optional) – You just need a piece large enough to cover the outside of the oatmeal container. I used Faux Fur Sherpa Fleece in White but feel free to use felt or fleece fabric.
- WHITE POM POM (optional) – if you want to add a little cotton tail to the back of the bunny
- PLASTIC BIN WITH WILD RICE, BLACK BEANS, KINETIC SAND, ETC (optional) – a nice prop for holding up each of the carrots
DIY Alphabet Learning Activity for TOddlers
First, cut out the Bunny face and glue/stick it onto the cereal box. Next, cut out the bunny face.
Apply Tacky Glue to the back of the Bunny face and glue it to the plastic lid. Place something heavy (like a book) on the bottom of the oatmeal container and let the glue dry.
Cut out Bunny’s mouth.
Next, cut a piece of fabric approximately 13”x 7” (33cm x 18cm). The exact dimensions will depend on the container that you are using. Just make sure it is big enough to cover the entire container. Apply hot glue a little at a time around edges of round container to glue the fabric. Trim off excess at the bottom. Fuzzy Bunny is done!
To make the letter carrots, first cut out each of them first. Make sure you cut inside the dotted line as you don’t want to see it. Laminate the carrots and cut them all out again. Repeat for the lined paper (if you are using).
You are all done! Ready to play!
- FEED THE BUNNY ACTIVITY FREE PRINTABLE
- EMPTY OATMEAL CONTAINER
- GLUE STICK - or print on sticker paper
- TACKY GLUE
- UTILITY KNIFE
- CRAFT SCISSORS
- THIN CARDBOARD OR CEREAL BOX (See Note*)
- WHITE FAUX FUR (optional) - to wrap around oatmeal container, making bunny soft and cuddly
- FABRIC SCISSORS - if using Faux Fur
- WHITE POM POM (optional) - for use as bunny's cotton tail
- PLASTIC BIN WITH WILD RICE, BLACK BEANS, KINETIC SAND, ETC (optional) - a nice prop for holding up each of the carrots
- LAMINATING SHEETS
- First, cut out the Bunny face and glue/stick it onto the cereal box.
- Cut out the bunny face.
- Apply Tacky Glue to the back of the Bunny face and glue it to the plastic lid.
- Place something heavy (like a book) on the bottom of the oatmeal container and let the glue dry.
- Cut out Bunny’s mouth (don't forget to cut out the oatmeal lid part as well.)
- Cut a piece of fabric approximately 13”x 7” (33cm x 18cm)*.
- Apply hot glue a little at a time around edges of round container to glue the fabric.
- Trim off excess at the bottom and your Fuzzy Bunny is done!
- To make the letter carrots, first cut out each of them first**.
- Laminate the carrots and cut them all out again. Repeat for the lined paper (if you are using).
- Feed the bunny activity is finished!
* You can also print on cardstock instead
** The exact dimensions will depend on the container that you are using. Just make sure it is big enough to cover the entire container.
*** Make sure you cut inside the dotted line as you don’t want to see it.
How do I teach my 2, 3, 4 year old Letters Using This Bunny Alphabet Activity?
Depending on the level of exposure your toddler has had with letters, there are many ways you can play this game. Here are some ideas:
- Find the carrot with the letter you want to teach your child and show it to them. Have your child repeat the letter and feed it to the bunny.
- For children with no prior experience with letters, start small! You can start with 3-4 letters a day, then add a new letter each day.
- Once your child starts recognizing letters, place a set or 3 or 4 letters in front of them (for example A, B, C, D]. Then ask them to find the letter “A” and feed it to bunny while repeating the letter.
- Once it becomes very easy to identify the correct letter in a set or 3 or 4 letters, add more letters to make it harder. Eventually, your child will be able to find the correct letter among the entire alphabet.
- For toddlers who can recognize all their letters, write a simple word (i.e. cat) on the lined paper printable for them to find. Writing their name is also another fun one as kids love learning their own names!
- For older kids who are learning to write, have them write a letter (or word) on the laminated lined paper. Then have the child (or adult, to reverse things), find the matching carrots to find the bunny.
- Write the lower case letter on the lined paper for your student to find the correct upper case carrot.
- You can also practice phonetics with preschoolers using this activity! For beginning learners, say the phonetic sound of each letter and have your child repeat it before feeding it to the bunny. For intermediate learners, ask the child to say the sound of the letter. Finally, for advanced learners, say the phonetic of the letter and ask the child to find that letter.
Are there other ways you use this printable to teach your toddler to recognize letters? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear!
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