In this activity from Learn Every Day About Animals, children will learn at least two things that rabbits eat, while developing their fine motor skills!
What you'll need:
- paper towels
- plastic picnic knives
- small bowls
- stuffed rabbits of various sizes
What to Do:
- Invite each child to bring a stuffed rabbit to school. Have extra stuffed rabbits available for those who do not own one.
- Invite the children to create a salad for their rabbit. Discuss the things a rabbit might like to eat.
- Offer apples, carrots, and celery for the children to cut up. Place small bowls, plastic picnic knives for cutting, and paper towels in the middle of a low table.
- Assist the children in cutting up the food with the plastic knives. NOTE: For younger children, cut the food for them.
- As the children work, discuss the choices they have made. Ask open-ended questions, and allow the children enough time to answer.
- Talk about what other animals would eat this salad. A turtle? How about an alligator?
- Also, discuss other foods rabbits might eat that people do not. What about clover and grass? What animals eat those?
- Enjoy your "rabbit food" together!
- Cutting with a plastic knife can be difficult for some children. To allow the children to experience success, blanch the apples and carrots before offering them to be cut. This gentle cooking will soften the food somewhat and make it easier to cut without affecting the flavor.
- Show the children photos of various fruits and vegetables, and ask them to sort them into piles indicating which ones rabbits will eat and which ones rabbits will not eat.
- As the children cut the fruits and vegetables, observe closely to see who manipulates the tools easily and who needs extra help.
Here are some children's books that you can share with your children to relate to this activity!