Last week I wandered into Barnes & Noble....this is dangerous for any teacher, as you well know. I can never just browse and add items to my mile long wish list. I always find something I just can't live without.
I stumbled upon a book called "Rabbityness" by Jo Empson
The story is about a special rabbit who likes to do rabbity things like jump and clean his ears. But he also likes doing unrabbity things like painting and making music. He is so happy that his happiness rubs off on the other rabbits! Suddenly, one day the rabbit is gone and the forest is no longer colorful. What will the other rabbits do now?
The illustrations are absolutely so beautiful that I knew I wanted to do some kind of art project related to it in class. Today provided the perfect opportunity! We had a massive storm last night and our playground was REALLY muddy. Instead of doing a regular inside recess activity we painted watercolor pictures just like the cover.
1) draw a rabbit head and ears with a white crayon on black construction paper
2) cut out your rabbit and set him aside
3) draw dandelions onto a white piece of paper with a white crayon
4) Use watercolors to SPLAT paint all over your white paper. I promise if you use our technique it won't get everywhere. Lots of water and lots of paint on your brush. Hold the end of your paint brush in one hand and tap the other end with your finger. *Keep your brush close to your paper!*
After your water colors dry you can glue your rabbit onto the front!
They turned out absolutely adorable!