Bunny art or Easter crafts for kids? What if your little artists could combine their love of all things furry and fuzzy with a creative holiday-themed craft? Well, they can. With a set of watercolors, a paintbrush and some awesome imagination, your kids can create beautiful little bunnies for Easter – or for any time.
Toddler or Preschooler Spring Watercolor Art
One of the best things about art projects like this is kids experience learning benefits through the process of the activity and enjoy an adorable final product.
This animal activity encourages your child to explore the artistic process, painting their own bunny features. They’ll put together a rabbit, after adding their own individually mixed hues to the pieces. Create a holiday display or send the bunnies to family as holiday cards!
Bunny Art Learning Outcomes
What can your young children learn from this art activity? And, in what ways can they develop?
- Fine motor skills: Eye-hand coordination and dexterity.
- Colors: Color recognition and identification, and color-mixing.
- Math: Shapes and the part-to-whole relationship.
- Science: Animals and (again) color-mixing. Your child can also experiment with water – adding different amounts of paint to it, predicting and observing what happens when the water mixes with the paint.
Craft Materials for Easter Bunny Art Project
Here’s what you’ll need for this art exploration:
- White card stock paper (the thickness of card stock holds the water well)
- Watercolor paints
- A thin paintbrush
- Clear-drying school glue
How To Create Bunny Easter Art
Draw a large circle and two ovals onto the paper with a marker. If drawing circles free-hand is challenging, create stencils by drawing the shapes onto reused cardboard and trace. These shapes make the bunny’s face and ears. Along with being ears, the ovals also look like Easter eggs your child will decorate.
Ask your child what else the bunny’s face needs. Draw eyes, a nose and a mouth onto paper. Cut the shapes out.
Paint the shapes. Your child can explore how the watercolors work, changing the amounts of water and paint. Ask them what they thinks will happen if they only uses a little bit of water, what will happen if they uses more paint or what will happen when the water and paint mix together. They can also mix different colors now.
Try painting half of a circle yellow and the other half blue. What happens in the middle? It turns green! Repeat with different primary color (red, yellow and blue) combinations. Your children don’t have to stick with the primaries. Encourage them to mix whatever colors they wants to. Let the paint dry.
Put the bunny together. Your children can puzzle together the shapes, turning them into one bunny picture. Use the glue to attach the shapes to one another and to another piece of card stock paper.
Pair This Easter Activity With Some of Our Favorite Bunny Books:
- The Itsy Bitsy Bunny
- Happy & Hoppy: Easter Basket Lift-a-Flap Board Book
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Board Book
- If I Were a Rabbit
- Hoppity Hop Peekaboo!: Touch-and-Feel and Lift-the-Flap
- We’re Going on an Egg Hunt
- I Love You, Honey Bunny
How to Extend This Art Project?
This doesn’t have to be an Easter-only project. You can use the same steps to create other animals. Make monkeys, cats, dogs or any other creature that your child wants to. Another option is to combine the different animal parts into one mismatched creature, such as an alligator-kangaroo or a bird-puppy.
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Erica is a mom, educator and parenting writer, with an MS in child development. When she’s not teaching, she’s busy creating kids’ activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies.