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Toddler Activity – Feed The Bunny

This toddler activity teaches fine motor skills and cause and effect. All you need is a box and pipe cleaners! This game will keep your toddler busy while teaching them skills they will use the rest of their life. Keep reading to see how to make this super-easy game!

Cardboard, Pipe Cleaners, and Fine Motor Skills

One of the best things about this game is that it uses things you probably already have at your house. The bunny is super easy to draw and paint and the carrots take just a few seconds to create out of pipe cleaners. If you are short on time or prefer not to draw, keep reading for our printable version of this activity that includes not only a bunny to feed, but a cat and dog too!

It is so fun to watch your toddler giggle with joy as they see the carrot go in the bunny’s mouth and end up in the bunny’s tummy. These are the building blocks of scientific curiosity that will stay with them for years.

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Watch the Video to See How to Make the Bunny Todder Activity

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to make this fun game yourself. Making the bunny’s tummy visible seems tricky, but it is quite easy to do!

You probably have all of the supplies at home already! Feel free to use any-sized box that you have on-hand.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch the Video to See How to Make the Bunny Todder Activity

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to make this fun game yourself. Making the bunny’s tummy visible seems tricky, but it is quite easy to do!

You probably have all of the supplies at home already! Feel free to use any-sized box that you have on-hand.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Teach Fine Motor Skills With This Toddler Activity

This is a really cute and fun game for both toddlers and preschoolers. The immediate reward of seeing the carrots in the bunny’s tummy encourages them to keep playing. This is a fun game for independent play or for young children to play together.

It’s not just a game, it’s a repetitious exercise for those all-important fine motor skills. It’s so fun to feed that cute bunny the soft carrots and see them in their tummy.

In this video you can see my toddler playing the game over and over again! After the video is the written tutorial with all the materials and steps listed out for you.

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Draw a bunny on top of an old box, or download our free printable below and tape it to the box instead!

Step 2

Cut a hole for the mouth and the belly.

Step 3

Place the plastic bag inside the box, with the zipper-side facing up. Make sure it begins above the mouth and you can see it within the belly.

Step 4

Before taping the plastic bag down, trace a hole on the plastic bag where the mouth is, and cut out the hole on the side of the bag facing the mouth

Step 5

Secure the plastic bag on each side with tape, and secure the plastic around the mouth hole with tape as well. This will allow the carrots to enter through the mouth, and fall into the bag for a fun transparent view as well as easy retrieval.

Step 6

For a vertical set up, tape the cardboard box to the wall, leaving the top part of the box open so that you can retrieve the carrots!

Step 7

To make the carrots, cut 3-4 green pipe cleaners for the stems. Wrap an orange pipe cleaner around the stems. Make them really tight at first and then a little looser until you reach the end. This will make it look wide at the top and thin at the bottom.  

Step 1

Draw a bunny on top of an old box, or download our free printable below and tape it to the box instead!

Step 2

Cut a hole for the mouth and the belly.

Step 3

Place the plastic bag inside the box, with the zipper-side facing up. Make sure it begins above the mouth and you can see it within the belly.

Step 4

Before taping the plastic bag down, trace a hole on the plastic bag where the mouth is, and cut out the hole on the side of the bag facing the mouth.

Step 5

Secure the plastic bag on each side with tape, and secure the plastic around the mouth hole with tape as well. This will allow the carrots to enter through the mouth, and fall into the bag for a fun transparent view as well as easy retrieval.

Step 6

For a vertical set up, tape the cardboard box to the wall, leaving the top part of the box open so that you can retrieve the carrots!

Step 7

To make the carrots, cut 3-4 green pipe cleaners for the stems. Wrap an orange pipe cleaner around the stems. Make them really tight at first and then a little looser until you reach the end. This will make it look wide at the top and thin at the bottom.  

FREE Feed the Bunny, Dog, and Cat Printable Version of This Toddler Activity

One of the most often responses to this toddler activity I get is that it is difficult to draw a bunny (or you simply don’t have the time!).

Well, I’ve got you covered with a free printable version!

Plus, not only do you get a bunny who is hungry for carrots, but a dog  who wants bones and a cat who wants sardines are also included!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities for early childhood education!

 

Educational Benefits of the Feed the Bunny Toddler Activity

There are so many wonderful things that this simple game can teach your child!

The very first skill you’ll notice it strengthening is hand-eye coordination. That bunny’s mouth is just the right size for the carrots, so your child has to match it up just right.

As they pick up the small carrots and push them through the bunny’s mouth, your toddler is exercising fine motor skills that they will use for things like writing and self-care (tying shoes).

Early Science Skills: This little bunny game teaches science too.  They begin to learn the connection between food and the tummy as they see the carrots go from the mouth to the stomach.

If you want to teach your child early math, you can ask them to count how many carrots they feed to the bunny. Older children can practice addition and subtraction. “Put 2+2 carrots in the bunny’s belly.” Or “If you have 5 carrots and give the bunny 3 of the, how many do you have left?” 

Educational Benefits of the Feed the Bunny Toddler Activity

There are so many wonderful things that this simple game can teach your child!

The very first skill you’ll notice it strengthening is hand-eye coordination. That bunny’s mouth is just the right size for the carrots, so your child has to match it up just right.

As they pick up the small carrots and push them through the bunny’s mouth, your toddler is exercising fine motor skills that they will use for things like writing and self-care (tying shoes).

Early Science Skills: This little bunny game teaches science too.  They begin to learn the connection between food and the tummy as they see the carrots go from the mouth to the stomach.

If you want to teach your child early math, you can ask them to count how many carrots they feed to the bunny. Older children can practice addition and subtraction. “Put 2+2 carrots in the bunny’s belly.” Or “If you have 5 carrots and give the bunny 3 of the, how many do you have left?” 

Fine Motor Skill Toys for Toddlers

Here are my top picks for toys that help strengthen toddler fine motor skills!

Wooden Carrot Game  

This game will help your toddler develop those same fine motor skills by sticking the carrots into the wooden block. 

Quiet Time Book

This soft fabric book is filled with high quality activities that encourage strengthening of fine motor skills, like buckling and zipping!

Wooden Lacing Game 

These cute wooden fruits encourages hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as your toddler threads the cute worm through!

Peg Board

This peg board can grow with your child. Great for fine motor skills for babies and toddlers, color recognition, and patterning for preschoolers!

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