I love that every day I get to read amazing picture books to my students and children. When I heard about Picture Book Month I knew I had to participate. Each day in November there is assigned an author and theme. I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers to share with you craft ideas that correspond to each book. I’ll be showcasing Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson.
My son is slightly obsessed with ninjas. When I saw the new book Ninja Bunny I knew it would be one both my son and daughter would enjoy. You often think of bunnies as soft and cuddly so I like that Jennifer Gray Olson gave this character a sneaky persona. This book is super quick to read and has a good lesson at the end.
Ninja Bunny Craft
We decided to make paper plate ninja masks to go along with Ninja Bunny. We gathered our craft supplies: 2 paper plates, construction paper, scissors, glue, markers and pom pom for a nose.
Here are the steps for creating the ninja bunny paper plate mask:
- Cut one of the paper plates in half for the ears. Use a marker to color in the pink part of the ear.
- Cut a piece of construction paper for the mask. Then trace two circles on the mask for the eyes. I used a lid to a salad dressing container so that the eyes were the same size. Glue the mask onto the paper plate and cut out the eye holes.
- Now attach the ears to the paper plate.
- Glue on the pom pom for the nose.
- Use the marker to make the mouth and teeth.
- Optional: you could use pipe cleaners to add whiskers or draw them on if you desire.
Voila! You’ve created your paper plate ninja mask!
Educational Extension- Ninja Letter Hunt:
- I decided to put a literacy spin on this craft and hide large foam letters around the house. My sneaky ninjas wore their masks as they went on a letter hunt. They loved creeping around the house and getting down low as they searched for the letters. Once they found a letter I had them tell me the name and sound of the letter. My kids had so much fun with this that they continued hiding letters for each other to find.
Below you’ll find a calendar with the themes and authors for each day of Picture Book Month. Be sure to visit the website by clicking HERE to read an essay from each author about the importance of reading picture books.
I have a Pinterest Board devoted to READING. Click HERE to visit my Reading Pinterest Board for lots of literacy craft ideas.
My children and I enjoyed reading Ninja Bunny, creating the ninja paper plates and the ninja letter hunt. Perhaps we will need to create other ninja friends for bunny soon! Be sure to follow Local Busy Bees on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!