Heads up, moms! We are nearly through our first week with the kids at home full time and we have survived! Cheers!
Today, we read Morris’s Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells as part of our distance learning assignment. One of the activities we did was to see how many jumps it would take for my kid to match one rabbit hop. Rabbits can leap up to 9 feet horizontally! Amazing!
Let’s finish the rabbit lesson strong with a fun jumping rabbit cup activity that is perfect for Easter and spring! I got this idea from tobeakidagain.com and thought it looked super fun.
The jumping bunny craft is a creative art activity where your kid gets to use his/her imagination to design his/her rabbit. But it also doubles as a STEM activity to teach your kid about elasticity and force.
How to Make Jumping Bunny Cup
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- 2 paper cups
- 1 marker (permanent or dry erase)
- 2 rubber bands
- 1 pom-pom or cotton ball
- 2 googly eyes
- 2 pipe cleaners
- Have your kids draw the bunny’s face (nose, mouth, and whiskers) on the paper cup with a marker.
- Glue on the googly eyes.
- Cut two small holes on the bottom of the cup with the scissors.
- Make a loop with the pipe cleaner and stick both ends through the hole.
- Twist the two ends together on the inside of the cup to secure the pipe cleaner.
- Repeat with the other ear.
- Glue the pom-pom to the back of the cup to make the bunny’s tail.
You can actually stop at this step if you want to just have a bunny made out of a cup. Otherwise, let’s make the bunny hop!
- Cut 4 equally spaced slits in the top edge of the cup. I cut one slit, and make another one directly across from it. Then I would cut 2 slits in the middle of the two.
- Cut the rubber bands a half.
- Tie a knot at the ends of the rubber band.
- Slip the knots into the slits so that the rubber bands are perpendicular to each other.
- Put the bunny on top of the other cup.
- Press the bunny down and watch it jump!
The Science Behind Jumping Rabbit Activity
While doing this activity, you can ask your kids questions to get them to think about the science behind the bunny jumping.
- What’s going on with the rubber bands as you press down?
- Does pressing down harder mean your bunny will jump higher?
- What happens when you barely press down on the bunny?
- What happens when I tighten the rubber bands?
Final Thoughts on the Hopping Bunny Activity
This is a fun activity for young kids because they can do most of the steps themselves. I highly recommend you to help with the steps that involve using scissors, but otherwise let their imagination run wild!
If you have multiple kids, you can always line up the bunnies and do hopping contests to see whose bunny jumps the highest both vertically and horizontally.