Beatrix Potter's famous character, Peter Rabbit, continues to delight young readers with his zany antics through Mr. McGregor's vegetable patch. The delightful world of Beatrix Potter is full of nature inspiration and instills a love of animals and the natural world in children.
These hands-on activities are perfect to supplement your reading of Peter Rabbit's adventures or to go along with an Easter-themed unit.
1. Character Traits
Build core literacy skills with this simple character trait web related to Peter Rabbit. Place a picture of Peter in the center and have students suggest various words or adjectives that can describe him. Provide them with a word bank if that proves helpful.
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2. The Rabbit Life Cycle
This unit teaches students all about the life cycle of a rabbit, what the rabbit needs to grow, and how to care for your rabbit. It would be a good STEM addition to a unit about Peter Rabbit or as an introduction to a new class pet rabbit. You will create a chart about rabbits that will be a great addition to your class wall.
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3. Host a Beatrix Potter Tea Party
Invite students to attend a "tea party" in the spirit of Beatrix Potter who was the queen of describing delectable food and drink. Make scrumptious goodies and have students dress up in their tea party finest. Then spend some time reading out of the classic book Tales of Peter Rabbit.
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4. Build a Garden Fence STEM Activity
Peter Rabbit was forever getting into Mr. McGregor's garden to pilfer her carrots. In this activity, have students construct a simple garden gate for the carrot patch to keep the vegetables safe. Provide them with popsicles sticks and glue or tape to keep things streamlined.
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5. Felt Rabbit
These instructions will help you create this most adorable felt bunny rabbit, vest, and all. Stuff this simple craft activity with fluff to create a 3D rabbit. Create a garden out of the leftover scraps.
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6. Pin the Fluffy Tail on Peter Rabbit
This simple activity can be a great introductory warm-up or party game for an end-of-unit celebration! Use it as an opportunity to discuss how to encourage classmates as they try something new or difficult.
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7. Fingerprint Carrots
8. Peter Rabbit Mapmaking Activity
Map out the garden and the various traps Peter Rabbit has to navigate along in his adventures. This task helps students visualize what they are listening to and helps with the use of prepositions. This STEM-based task can be done using colored pencils or made 3D with LEGO blocks.
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9. Carrot Math Matching Game
10. Sensory World Play
How adorable is this small-world sensory play station centered around the magical world of Beatrix Potter? A sensory game such as this one offers ample opportunities for imagination and creativity. This will delight your youngest learners!
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11. Print and Dress Up Stand Up Dolls
Have students recreate the adventures of Peter Rabbit and of his friends Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail by creating these adorable stand-up dolls. Students can customize the characters and their accessories by coloring them in vibrant and varied hues. They will enjoy playing along with the plots of each of the rabbits' zany adventures.
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12. Peter Rabbit Toilet Paper Roll Craft
With simple directions for students, your kids will love following this tutorial to create a small Peter Rabbit toilet paper roll character. Discuss how we can use recycled goods to make art!
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13. Plant Science Experiment
This clever science experiment has students test which soil substrate produces the best plant. Just like Mr. McGregor's garden, have students grow their own plants and test the various soils as they become expert gardeners. Maybe they'll have more sympathy for Mr. McGregor as well when they see how hard it is to grow food! This simple garden activity will inspire your students for years to come.
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14. Feed the Rabbit
Have students learn the names of vegetables as you get them to feed the rabbit the right food. This activity is perfect for emergent readers.
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15. Peter Rabbit Paper Plate Pop Up Garden
Use watercolors or pencils to make this beautiful pop-up garden based on Potter's classic story.
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16. Peter Rabbit Right Left Game Story
Read this story out loud as students move to the right and the left of the room depending on what you said. Or you can have them stand for right and sit for left. The modifications of this fun game are endless and it is sure to become a favorite activity for your students!
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17. Tale of Peter Rabbit Math Activity
18. Peter Rabbit Playdough Tray
Continue to inspire imaginative play in your delightful children by inviting them to use playdough to create this magical little garden. You can also provide your younger learners with these tools to have a tactile experience while you read the story out loud to them.
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