15th January 2017
With Peter Rabbit ™ hopping onto the big screen on 16th March, we’ve been busy getting crafty with our friends to celebrate the launch of the movie as well as our official Peter Rabbit™ movie collection.
So, we asked our friend Kate, from Crafts on Sea – a family and craft blogger – to get creative and share her top three Peter Rabbit themed crafts to do with your little ones.
As a mum of two kids, I know there’s often no better way to keep my two entertained than with a bit of crafting. With these Peter Rabbit inspired crafts you can even throw your own perfect Peter Rabbit party or just use them as a fun way to cheer up a gloomy day. I’ve kept them simple so that your kids can do the majority with no (or very little!) grown up help. Most of these crafts can be made using items that you’ll probably own already or can get hold of easily. Crafting with your kids should be as much fun and as stress free as possible after all!
Like most good rabbits, my kids love carrots! These handprint carrots are a fun way to paint using a slightly different technique. It does include hand painting so make sure you use washable paints and have a wet cloth or baby wipes nearby. This cute craft makes a really sweet keepsake though, so it’s well worth braving the mess!
Start by cutting out the shape of the main part of a carrot from white card or paper. Then, place some orange paint on a plate. We used cotton wool to paint (which reminded them of rabbit’s tails) held with clothes pegs, they then used these to paint the main carrot. Next put some green paint on another plate and let your child paint their hand, making a green handprint or two on white paper. Once it’s dry cut out the handprint and uses this to make your carrots’ leaves.
Crafts that kids can have a play with afterwards or use as decorations are always popular in our house, and this fun paper plate twirler was no exception. Starting at the bottom we have the gate to enter Mr. McGregor’s garden with carrots littering up the path. And as it twirls round, in the middle you find a rabbit – maybe one of Peter’s friends out to find a snack?
This craft is a great way to encourage scissor skills as well as helping to retell the Peter Rabbit story. Start by painting a paper plate green (or using a pre-painted one) cut a spiral shape into the plate, like a snail shell. In the middle make a hole by pushing scissors through into some play dough. Then, thread some string through the hole tying a knot so it stays in place. At the bottom of your paper plate twirler, glue a brown paper gate and then use stickers to place carrots along the path. This is great for fine motor skills too but if you can’t find any just draw some on. In the middle of the plate pop a rabbit sticker and your paper plate is ready to spin and twirl!
No Peter Rabbit inspired craft party would be complete without a pair of rabbit ears for your little ones! It can be tricky finding paper or card long enough to fit around children’s heads. We improvised by using A3 brown construction paper cut into strips and taping a couple of pieces together. Sticky tape is a much more child friendly way than glue or staples to hold the ends together, staples can rub and sticky tape holds the paper together a lot better than glue for this.
Cut out ear shapes from your brown paper and stick pink paper in the inside for the inner ears. Then, stick these onto your headbands. Once the glue has dried pop your rabbit ears on and you are ready to go back outside and practice your best rabbit jumps!
Are you excited about the up coming Peter Rabbit movie?