In which Ariel discusses the classic The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown - a sweeping epic tale of the creatives ways our children will test our resolve and the lengths we will go to to love them. Pair this with a military-themed craft and you have an activity that opens up discussions around what being a military family means. This post contains affiliate links. By using them you help keep Busy Nest News up and running. Thank you for your continued support!
The Runaway Bunny
Crayola Washable Paint
A Cupcake Tray
An Old Shower Curtain
With a bit of foresight and planning cleanup was a cinch. When I do messy crafts with my daughter, which to be fair is not very often I plan so that set-up and clean-up can occur without a toddler in tow. I set this craft up while she was napping and planned a long trip to the playground directly preceding the craft. This way I could throw Bean right in the shower when she was done creating beautiful bunny art, throw the cupcake tray in the already soap-filled sink and leave the shower curtain and bunnies right where they are on the living room floor to dry. When we returned home, all I had to do was pick up the papers and roll up the shower curtain to store until next time.
Then cut out the cammies and dress the bunny. She is ready to go! Bean is still too young for elaborate crafts but with an older child, this craft could be expanded to take up an entire afternoon. You could color in the mommy/daddy bunny. You could create different uniforms. After you dress the bunny you could draw different scenes to place him or her in. Is Mommy going to be on a ship? Is Daddy going to be on a plane? You could use the bunny as a means of connecting with a deployed spouse by taking pictures of them all over town spending time with the family - just like Flat Stanley. The possibilities are endless! The point is whatever you do, no matter how far you go, Mommy or Daddy will be there in your heart. No matter how hard you push - figuratively and literally - Mommy or Daddy will always be there. Want to try this craft? Subscribe to our email below for exclusive content like our Dress the Bunny PDF.
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd is an undisputed classic that gets five eggs - no question! Reading it captivates my little squiggler AND brings back fond memories of a childhood spent on my Nana's lap.
Do you use classics not necessarily meant to address the challenges of military families to open up conversations about military life? What are you favorites? Let us know in the comments below!
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